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.


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 »

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 !

cimg0279.JPG cimg0282.JPG cimg0267.JPG

Click Here for More Scarlet Mambo Pictures @ Nova Terra

Read the rest of this entry »

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.


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

Read the rest of this entry »

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

Click Here for the more April Nova Terra Pictures

Read the rest of this entry »

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 !

Dany NT Read the rest of this entry »