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
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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 »

Scarlet Mambo Performs at Philadelphia Salsa Congress – Photos

Posted on July 4th, 2007 by by Dany J

Scarlet Mambo takes their Salsa dancing on the road.

The Scarlet Mambo Dance Group took part in the 2007 Philadelphia Salsa Congress. So now you know why the Scarlets have not been at Nova Terra lately!

Scarlet Mambo Performs at the 2007 Philadelphia Salsa Congress

The Scarlet Mambo Dance Group performed at the Philadelphia Salsa Congress during the Friday night Showcases on June 22, 2007. Dany and Camila taught two workshops on Saturday and Sunday, “Advanced Salsa Turn Patterns” and “Ladies’ Styling”.

Photos of Scarlet Mambo Performing at the 2007 Philadelphia Congress are now available.

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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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Click Here for More Scarlet Mambo Pictures @ Nova Terra

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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.

Neil

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

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