Welcome to the Classes page!
2 Brand new courses start Sunday 31st October. Level 1 class now closed to new starters - new courses will start in the New Year. Improvers can join level 2 class if they have danced salsa before.
Strictly take 2 (level 2)
Discover the dancer in You (level 1)
Freestyle Salsa Disco
7pm – 11pm
9:30pm – 11pm
No partner needed – 2 left feet welcome ! Sense of humour obligatory !!
A short guide to beginner courses
everybodysalsa beginners classes – these exciting classes run every 6 weeks throughout the year.
What else does everybodysalsa offer?
What exactly is salsa?
Salsa is nothing less than a ceaselessly evolving multicultural musical miracle! It is a fast and passionate partner dance involving six steps over every eight beats of rich, multi rhythmic Latin music with a fiery tempo.
The wonderfully rich and lively Latin music becomes practically irresistible and after a while you will find it difficult to keep your feet from moving along to the rhythm of modern stars like Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin, or classic oldies such as Gloria Estefan and Santana. Either way the dancing becomes irresistible, the more you do it, the more you want to!
The roots of salsa music lie in West Africa, where the slave trade thrived and where people created rhythms to evoke their Gods. These enchanting rhythms were taken to Cuba along with over one million slaves, over an astonishingly long, 300 years that the slave trade flourished. The Spanish captors, who had wiped out the native, Indian population of Cuba, by a combination of over working and disease, banned the Africans’ native religions, even outlawing the playing of music, unless the slaves converted to Christianity.
So slaves used the drum rhythms in Christian worship too. Slaves were forced to adopt Christianity upon arrival in Cuba, but often called their own Gods by Christian names so as to avoid punishment. A similar practice was the progenitor of the “Yo Mama is so…” jokes in existence today among African-Americans. “Mama” was actually a code word for “Master”. Hardly anyone telling these jokes today remembers what “Mama” originally stood for.
Most of the listeners and dancers of salsa music are unaware that the drum rhythms also have religious meaning. Various Cabillolos, or secret societies still exist in Cuba, where the knowledge of over 200 different rhythms for different African Gods or Orishas, are still kept to this day.
The Salsa music that we hear today may have its roots in Caribbean, but quickly spread to Miami, New York and Mexico, where it has continued to evolve to this day. The term “salsa” originated in New York in the1940s and was applied, not only to Salsa music, but to any music emanating from Hispanic Countries, and so many distinctive styles of music and dance for example, The Cha Cha Cha, Cumbia, Danson, Gurache, Mambo and Merengue etc were also referred to as Salsa until quite recently! And the various styles of salsa dancing that we see today bear little resemblance to its pre 1940’s roots.
Looking forward to seeing you soon,