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El Cantante – Bringing Salsa to the Masses

Posted on August 7th, 2007 by by Dany J

El Cantante - Hector Lavoe
El Cantante in Theaters in the New Brunswick, NJ area

For salsa dancers, salsa music is as familiar and as necessary as the air they breath… for salsa dancers. However, salsa is not Pop Culture, there are still loads of people that have not been introduced to the beautiful world of salsa.

El Cantante, released Friday, Aug 3rd 2007, is a movie featuring the life of Salsa singer Hector Lavoe (played by Marc Anthony). Read the rest of this entry »

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.


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

|1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 | Read the rest of this entry »

Photos of Bailamos 2007

Posted on April 26th, 2007 by by Dany J

Bailamos, hosted by the RU Salsa Club, was a great hit last night at the Douglass College Center. The event kicked off with music by DJ Dany J at 8:00pm at the classy ballroom of Trayes Hall. Within half-hour the room was full of attendees. Dinner was promptly served at 8:45pm. Scarlet Mambo opened the event at 9:15pm with a Salsa performance. Swing Sabroso took the stage and performed live. Angie Gomez, RU Salsa Club member, sang two original bachata songs. The RU Salsa Team performance headlined the event with a four-couple salsa routine.

RU Salsa Team

Angie Gomez

Scarlet Mambo

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Joe Radigan’s Interview with Consensus Draft

Posted on April 13th, 2007 by by Dany J

Joe Radigan

Joe Radigan, Punter for the Rutgers Football team and President of the RU Salsa Club, is a good friend of Scarlet Mambo and therefore we are pleased to showcase him.

Joe was interviewed by CDS Radio ( on March 29th, 2007. In the interview, Joe discusses his experience at Rutgers as a football player, his plans for the future, and his dancing experience in the RU Salsa Club.
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Photos from HUEPA @ Nicholas Music Center

Posted on April 6th, 2007 by by Dany J

Scarlet Mambo made its debut by opening for HUEPA last night at the Nicholas Music Center. Scarlet Mambo’s four-and-a-half-minute performance was a hit with the crowd and set the tone for the rest of the show. It was truly a Red Carpet Event! Scarlet Red Event!!! Gina and Camila looked as beautiful as always, and Thidian and Dany held their own on stage.
Scarlet Mambo Performs at HUEPA - Nicholas Music Center

Update April 9th: I just scanned the flyer for HUEPA. Red Carpet all the way! Scarlet RED!

HUEPA - Nicholas Music Center - Flyer - RUEP Rutgers

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