Archive for June, 2008

Dance Like Like a Star

Posted on June 26th, 2008 by by Dany J

The State Theatre is offering ballroom dance classes
at Crossroads Theatre

All instruction by Dany Joshua of Scarlet Mambo

SALSA (Introduction) Wednesday, July 16, 2008 – 6pm-7pm

Learn this flirtatious and addicting Latin dance. Salsa has captured the obsession of thousands of dancers around the world because of its infectious rhythm, simplicity of steps and versatility of styling. This workshop will give you the fundamental steps so you can dance Salsa with confidence at any social event. Feel like a professional dancer without the pressure of an audience.

SALSA (Styling and Latin Movement) Thursday, July 17, 2008 – 6pm-7pm
Salsa is very appealing because of its improvisational fluidity of movement. Basic steps do not have to look simple! Arm and hip styling will make your dance steps more attractive. In this workshop you will learn to utilize your whole body to make your dance steps more exciting.

CHA CHA (Introduction) Thursday, July 17, 2008 8pm-9pm
More catchy than the Salsa, the Cha Cha is the gateway to becoming one with the Latin rhythm. For decades this dance style has been a refreshing delicacy on the dance floor. The shuffle of the feet of the Cha Cha is as delicate as the rustle of autumn leaves or as natural as the the beating of one’s heart.

Registration is $20 per person, per class or $35 for two classes. Partners not required.

Space is limited! To register, please contact the education department at
732-246-SHOW, ext. 545 or

Mambo Tuesdays at 46 Lounge

Posted on June 22nd, 2008 by by Dany J

46 LoungeNew York City is the mecca for Salsa dancers because of the quality and quantity of venues. Everyone knows that, but New Jersey now has a new Salsa venue that measures up to any dance social in the city. 46 Lounge, located in Totowa, New Jersey, hosts Mambo Tuesdays. It is hard to beat the services of this salsa spot. A mere $5 cover buys a dinner buffet, a Salsa class, and 5 hours of Salsa music for dancers by DJ Ray Colon.

And this is only the beginning. Let’s face it. It is not always about the money. The dance floor, in dancer’s dream condition, is surrounded by a trendy lounge setting. The perfect balance of dim and accent lights sets the mood for an afterwork drink, or to unwind in a relaxed, upscale, underground Salsa party.

Seasoned professional dancers are easily drawn to this venue. On the random Tuesday night that I attended in early June there was no shortage of Salsa pros. Real quick, let’s see: Magna Gopal, Griselle Ponce, Pzzass Dancers, Marcus Nieves and Kimberly, Bernie and gang from Plan B, etc etc.

Enough said? Good. Mark it on your calendar and support this Salsa event!

Why Salsa Shines are Good for you

Posted on June 5th, 2008 by by Dany J

Hopefully this short article (and video) will persuade you to spend some time on your shines.

Beginner dancers usually shy away from learning Salsa shines (footwork) because they do not understand their practicality or value. The following video is an example of improvisational fluidity.

Why Salsa shines are good for you:

  1. Improve your timing – If you get lost in the middle of a turn pattern, you will be able to get back into the beat more easily.
  2. Improve your body movement – If you want to dance salsa like a fish swims in water, shines are a perfect way to loosen your body and look more “latin”.
  3. Expand your spinning abilities. – It is more difficult to spin by yourself that to have a partner spin you. If you can spin in shines, then you can spin twice as much in partner work.