Archive for May, 2007

Musicality of Salsa. Why an 8-beat measure?

Posted on May 21st, 2007 by by Dany J

This is a response to an email that I received commenting on a previous post (On 2 SalsaBeat – How to dance On2).
I will answer a couple of questions presented on this comment: “Why an 8-beat measure? I hear salsa in 4/4 time.”

Steve, Thanks for your email. I appreciate the invitation to discuss the starting step for men in mambo (Salsa On2). But first I think I need to address the music, then the different styles of dancing.

Musicality

Your assertion that salsa is written in 4/4 timing is correct. For a musician (piano, bass, trumpet player, etc.), the music is best organized with a 4-beat measure. Wearing my guitar player hat, I like to feel salsa music in 4/4 time (count 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4…) because I’m interested in the harmorny (chord) changes and basslines of the songs. I come from a rock/blues background and I like to hear the chord changes on the 1st beat of every measure. So, Yes I agree with you that I can feel 4/4 timing in salsa. In salsa, it is very common to hear chord changes in the 1st beat of the 4/4 measure (or the 1st and 5th beat of the dance measure).

Rhythm and Dance

Things change, however, when I listen to melody and rhythm. Let me differentiate by defining the following:

Musical measure is 4 beats. Following is two (2) musical measures

|1 2 3 4 |1 2 3 4|

Rhythmic and Dance Measure is 8 beats

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Scarlet Mambo Performs at Nova Terra !

Posted on May 19th, 2007 by by Tricia

In a rare event the dance floor cleared at Nova Terra Friday night to make room for the performance of the Scarlet Mambo Dance team !

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Scarlet Mambo “Otra Rumba” Tour

Posted on May 17th, 2007 by by Dany J

Scarlet Mambo Otra Rumba Tour

Otra Rumba Tour – Full Version!

Scarlet Mambo is ready to showcase its “Otra Rumba” performance on the internet. This video is a composite of the performances of Scarlet Mambo during the month of April 2007.

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Special thanks to Neil A. for his outstanding job editing the videos.

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April Nova Terra Pictures

Posted on May 3rd, 2007 by by Dany J

April was April at NT and Scarlet Mambo has the pictures to show you.

Nova Terra Pictures

Nova Terra Pictures

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Dany on the floor at Nova Terra

Posted on May 1st, 2007 by by Tricia

( I would like to Welcome Tricia to the Scarlet Mambo publishing team. Tricia’s love for taking and sharing pictures and video makes her an ideal addition to the team. Welcome, Trish! – Dany J.)

Here are some pics of Dany on the floor at Nova Terra on April 5th. I was playing with the filters on Photoshop to create the haze effect… so no it was not from Dany steaming up the dance floor in case you were wondering, haha !

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