Thursday, April 16, 2015

- Dance Descriptions – - a short list and links – April - 2015 -


- Dance Descriptions – 
- a short list and links –
- condensed from the Heritage Institute – 2015 –
            ( Vancouver – Canada )
( good for a little background info – no Swings – 3 Count – etc. … - )

Dance Descriptions

Argentine Tango Descriptions

Latin Dance Descriptions


Argentine Tango Videos

Latin Dance Videos


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

- YA Salsa - Sunday Social - + Guzman & Nunez - March 29, 2015 - ? Spring ? -

  • American Legion Post 346

    31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI (map)

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    The YA Salsa Social is Detroit's biggest salsa dance party. 
    Hosted once per month by YA Salsa,
    attendees have the chance to learn salsa from some of the best instructors in Metro Detroit.

    $10 at the door gets you:
    Beginner & Intermediate and On2 Salsa Lesson starting at 5:30 p.m.!
    Endless Beverages & Snacks!
    A huge wooden dance floor!
    The hottest salsa tracks spun by our volunteer guest DJ's
    ( Issac,  Cisco,  MarcB)
    Two floors of dancing -
    Salsa and Cha Cha Cha upstairs,
    Latin Mix downstairs !
    Cash Bar!

    Sunday, March 29, 2015 , from 5:30 - 10 p.m. ---
    WHERE: American Legion Post 346
    31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI ---

    All Ages welcome
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

- - - - - - Just a Reminder - for the Swingaholics - - - - - - - - - Great Place - - - - - ( if you haven't been there ) - - - - - - - Great Bands - - - -

All Night Entertainment presents the 
Battle of the Bands 
at the BIG3 Swing Dance

Saturday, March 21, 2015
at the 

Masonic Temple Crystal Ballroom in Detroit.

31 musicians will battle head-to-head!
Two-time defending champs, 15-piece
Swingmania vs.

Six-time winners, 16-piece

Paul King & 
The Rhythm Society Orchestra

Swingmania from Toledo plays a wide variety of the classic swing and big band music of 
Miller, Ellington and Basie 
plus favorites such as Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Cole, Prima and Presley. 
They have a solid hold on the swing scene in Northwest Ohio.
PK&RSO from Detroit specializes in swing from the mid-1930s through late 1940s. 
Its sound is influenced by Count Basie and Harry James and has covered the top swing venues throughout the Midwest. 
The band has been nominated for Detroit Music Awards including 
Best Big Band/Swing artists, Outstanding Jazz Vocalist and Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalists.
Dancers of all skill levels are welcome. 
Many come just to enjoy the sights and sounds. 
Dress is semi-formal or vintage attire. 
General admission begins at 6:30 p.m. with a dance lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. 
The bands will battle  from 8:15 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 
There is a cash bar available throughout the evening. 
Recommended dress is semi-formal or vintage attire. 

Tickets are $25 per person in advance or at the door. 
Add $5 for the optional lesson. 
Parking (usually $10/vehicle) is available in: 
  • The Masonic Temple's north parking lot
  • On the west side of 2nd Avenue
  • On the southwest corner of Temple and Cass
  • On the southeast corner of Temple and Cass
There is a lot in front of the main Masonic entrance that is not associated with the Temple but is usually available for $20.

The BIG3s pull dancers and non-dancers from all ages together for incredible evenings of music and dance. 



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

- Salsa Time Band - 31775 Grand River Ave - Farmington Hills - MI - Sunday - - March 22, 2015 - - - 6 PM -


At the American Legion Post -
Where they do the YA Salsa Sunday Socials - 


 - Salsa Time Band - 
-  31775 Grand River Ave - 
-  Farmington Hills - MI - 
-  Sunday - March 22, 2015 - 6 PM -

Friday, March 6, 2015

- A little more Salsa and related dances background - for you to cogitate - and reply - if you wish -


Short version Of Some Salsa Stuff -  

(( taken  mainly from ))  
History of Salsa Dance and Music 
Written by: Jaime Andrés Pretell  
Published by: Company Inc. on June 21, 1998. 
Last updated on Sept 26, 2014. 
Here – Midwest Music Mafia – March 06, 2015

What is Salsa? A sauce, a recipe, a dance?  
Who invented salsa? The Cubans, Puerto Ricans?  
Salsa is a distillation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances.  
Each played a large part in its evolution. 
Salsa is similar to Mambo - both have a pattern of six steps danced over eight counts of music.  
The dances share many of the same moves.  
In Salsa, turns have become an important feature,
so the overall look and feel are quite different from those of Mambo.  
A look at the origin of Salsa 
We must give credit to Cuba for the origin and ancestry of creation.  
Contra-Danze (Country Dance) of England/France, later called Danzón, - brought by the French who fled from Haiti, begins to mix itself with Rhumbas of African origin (Guaguanco, Colombia, Yambú).  
Add Són of the Cuban people, which was a mixture of the Spanish troubadour (sonero) and the African drumbeats and flavora and a partner dance flowered to the beat of the clave.  
This also occurred  in other countries like the  
Dominican Republic,  
Puerto Rico,  
Bands of these countries took their music to Mexico City in the era of the famous films of that country (Perez Prado,  ...).  
A similar movement to New York occurred.  
In these two cities, more promotion and syncretism occurred and more commercial music was generated because there was more investment. 
New York created the term "Salsa", but it did not create the dance.  
The term became popular as nickname to refer to a variety of different music,
from several countries of Hispanic influence: 

Cha cha ,  
Són Montuno, 

... Many maintained their individuality - many were mixed creating "Salsa". 
If you are listening to today's Salsa, you are going to find the base of Són, and you are going to hear Cumbia, and you are going to hear Guaracha. You will also hear some old Merengue, built-in the rhythm of different songs. You will hear many of the old styles somewhere within the modern beats.  
Salsa varies from site to site. 
In New York, new instrumentalization and extra percussion were added to some Colombian songs so that New Yorkers - that dance mambo "on the two" - can feel comfortable dancing to the rhythm and beat of the song . 
This is called "finishing", to enter the local market.  
This "finish" does not occur because the Colombian does not play Salsa, but it does not play to the rhythm of the Puerto Rican/Post-Cuban Salsa.  
Post-Cuban, because the music of Cuba has evolved towards another new and equally flavorful sound. 
Then, as a tree, Salsa has many roots and many branches, but one trunk that unites it all.  
The important thing is that Salsa is played throughout the Hispanic world and has received influences of many places within it.  
It is a sample of flexibility and evolution. 
Each dancer, club, local …  may be accustomed to dance his/her own style.  
None is better, only different. 


Sunday, February 22, 2015

- Casino - Danzón,- Chacha - Son - Mambo - Timba - Rumba - Swing - as parts of Cuban Dance - .

Portions from - From -



- Based upon -
( condensed from - revised -  - with corrections, modifications and  (additions ))
by Daybert Linares Díaz - :   "I"
If you were to attempt to trace the roots of the dance of casino, there are three main dances which you will hear mentioned time and again: 
mambo (the Cuban one) and 
swing also played a role.
Now, out of these three main dances which compose casino’s genealogy, 
in Cuba danzón is seen as more of a “senior dance”—that is, a dance more suited for the older generation.  
Chacha  immensely popular during its “fever” period—the 50s—
(( has  survived as a dancers' social dance. ))
Out of the three dances, it is son that has survived the most the test of time as a Cuban social dance. ...son is the one which has a closer resemblance to casino, the most popular Cuba partner dance to date. (... casino is often danced to son music. )
there is certainly a lot to be learned from son that would definitely benefit your casino dancing, as well as the way you approach the music to which you dance casino.
Let us start with the dance first.
If you learned casino the way ...a lot of people are taught casino nowadays,  you probably know is a series of turn patterns. That’s mostly what they teach at academies—turn patterns. (... ( not at any of the places we deal with ... ))
... one of the great things about casino—and this is due to son’s influence—is that you have the ability to move around the room with your partner while dancing. You could start on one end of the room when the song begins, and finish on the other, when it ends. 
The following video is a good example of that. 

thesepaseos—Spanish for “strolls”, which is what this moving around is called—are easily transferable to casino dancing, and at times transformed in novel ways, like in this video (notice how he also incorporates the son tornillo, the move where the man stays in the same place while the woman walks around him, rotating him:

... in Cuba moving around the room while dancing and shimming the shoulders is commonplace. 
Salsa Lovers’ DVDs .. impact on casino here.) The following video, taken at a Salsa Lovers’ dance social, exemplifies this. Notice how nobody moves around the circle while dancing. It’s all about how many turn patterns they can get in in the twenty or so seconds they are allowed to shine in front of the others:

Now, you may be a casino dancer who is already doing these paseos, ... ?
SonThe other great thing about adding son to your dance repertoire is that you will learn how to dance on contratiempo. Contratiempo means “against the beat.” The beat is the one count, so dancing on the beat is referred to as dancing a tiempo (on time). 
Therefore, when you dance against the one count (the beat), you’re dancing on the two (
Son is traditionally danced on the two; (( - 2 - after the Clave - ? - 3 - to western ears )) 
... you  (( may have )) have attended in the past a son workshop where the instructor played the clave and taught you how your steps fit into the pattern of the clave, and then called it dancing “on contratiempo” 
So what makes it important to learn to dance on contratiempo? Well, besides it being the count on which you dance son, it also has to do with musicality reasons. In a previous post, I talked about the structure of a son song: 
it has a largo (a slower, introductory section), and 
montuno section, which is more upbeat than the largo. 
... musicians dance the largo on contratiempo. Take the video below as an example. 
This Bamboleo song is what most people would call “timba” and not really associate with son music. But if you look closely at when on the beat the singers are dancing during the largo—in this song, until 1:09 or so– you will notice that they are dancing on the two.  After 1:09, you will see that they are doing their three-step on the one.

...Take a look at this Klimax video. The exact same thing happens:

... musicians understand that there is a difference in each of the two sections of the song, not only as it pertains to how each instrument gets played during each section, but also on what count to dance. 
Notice that, in the following video, ( I - DIAZ - ( not us )) dance on the two (and incorporate thepaseos from son) during the largo, which ends at 1:28, 
then switch to dancing on the one when the montuno comes in, 
then back to the two at the end of the song, 
when it starts slowing down the tempo again as it comes to an end—in fact, the person recording points it out.

Dancing casino on the two, or contratiempo—a concept from son, not casino—allows you to better interpret the songs when you dance to them (again, the musicians who make this music know this). Once you learn contratiempo and begin trying to dance to the largo of the song on the two, you will see a very big difference on how it feels to dance it on that count, and how much more it goes with what the instruments are doing, or what sounds stand out—specially with the bass and the congas.
... traditional son music l
Septeto Nacional, 
Sierra Maestra, 
Pancho Amat, or 
Septeto Santiaguero.
... ? .. there is a divide between the music that gets played at casino socials (timba, mostly) and 
salsa socials (salsa/mambo).   ???
(( note - We play Salsa, Timba, Mambo, Cha Cha , ... at our socials ... ... ))
... people in the 1960s in Cuba had to be dancing casino to something, ...?                                    ( ... casino was developed in 1957.)
 I had found a way to dance to the music that they played at salsa socials. And the answer was son.
Learning to dance son will not only help you when dancing to “that mambo” or “that salsa” music that you may not like because of all the timba you have been primed to listen to and made to believe that that is the only music the Cuban dance community dances to, it will also help you realize that there is a lot stuff you’re missing out on.
“Timba” is just one part of the picture, not the picture itself.
The other day I made a post that consisted simply of a list of ten songs made by Cubans but that do not really “make the cut” at Cuban dance socials and or events because they sound too much like the stuff they play in the salsa scene. This is one of them 

The reason that happens is not because these songs borrowed from salsa, but rather the other way around, as these songs were all composed and performed prior to the 1970s, 
...these songs are Cuban. 
..  learn to dance son, not only because it will help your casino, by giving you new moves you can incorporate into the dance, or allow you to better interpret, musically, the songs to which you are dancing. Do it, too, because, without son, there is a ton of great music, also made in Cuba, to which you will never get to dance.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

- - Might as well give the Semi-Disco People a Plug - 3rd Wednesdays - - - - - - February 18, 2015 - Paradise Park -


Groovin to the 70's, 80's, 90's and More

 - Dance Night!


  • Paradise Park

    45799 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI (map)
    42.484633 -83.499512

  • It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or an experienced dancer, put on your dancing shoes and experience a fun, friendly and affordable dance night at Paradise Park.
  • The atmosphere is inviting and designed for you to socialize with new and old friends.
  • The professional DJ (Jamez from Cloud Nine) is engaging and committed to giving you the best dance experience, with free interactive instruction. Cash Bar and Hot Appetizers available for purchase!
  • Bring Friends, and Join us for the fun!
    Dress Attire: Casual/Business Casual
    Cover Charge: $5


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