Salsa means “hot” flavor and is best distinguished from other Latin music styles. It originated as a New York sound created by Puerto Rican musicians in New York and the dance structure is similar to Mambo patterns. We will concentrate on several of the basic steps in rhythms that will get you comfortable and moving around the floor.
The history of tango began in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the late 19th century. The dance started in the lower-class districts of Buenos Aires taking place in the periphery of the city, bars, cafes and courtyards. Then tango took the next step into more established Dancing Houses and later inside middle and high class Argentinian homes. The themes always referred to the ordinary man and his problems, the city and memories. Thus, tango became a portrayal of Buenos Aires and its people. In clubs until the 1940’s potential male dancers were vetted and their competence assessed by older male dancers before being able to partner a lady. Argentine Tango is a great dance with lots of flair and passion. Join us after class for an after-party at The Ruby Tap in Wauwatosa!