SALSA 

Salsa is a spicy Latin dance with origins from different folkloric dances in Latin America. These different folkloric dances and rhythms were the ingredients that were combined in the kitchen of New York to create the hot, spicy sauce we call Salsa.
 
Here at RastaSalsa Academy, we bring the same energy and heat of salsa from the 60's and 70's that has taken the world by storm to Denver, CO.


SALSA 099 (S99) - Salsa for Absolute Beginners
 
This salsa class puts all attention to getting the participants to take their very first steps as they start their exploration into salsa dancing. This class is perfect for individuals that have absolutely zero dance background, are new to Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms, and/or have a hard time finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps to the beat. This class takes the students, unashamedly, to the very beginning! Movin’ it and Shakin’ it! All for the fun of it, with no pressure and absolutely no judgment.
 
These classes are not progressive. Each class would go over similar content but can slightly vary from class to class at the instructor’s discretion.
 
Prerequisite: None required.
 
SALSA 101 (S101) - Level 1 Salsa On1
 
This is the first Level 1 course of Salsa Classes for beginners. Although it is not required, it is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take SALSA 099 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that have been doing some dancing - Any kind of dancing -  and would like to learn Salsa in a more structured way while still having a great time in a positive, uplifting and energetic environment. Also for individuals that have been dancing Salsa already but would like to clean up their basics and add flavor and body movement to their dance. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: None required.
 
What would you learn?: Basic Step, 6 Basics, Left and Right Turns, Cross Body Leads [Passive Left, Passive Right, Active Left (inside Turn)], Intro to Body Movement (Pendulum Arms, y-axis torso rotations) e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
When would I be ready to go to the next level?: It is recommended that students take the Level 1 classes for 6 months before moving to Level 2. Intake exams are required to participate in the higher levels so individuals that feel ready can always test at any time and can be placed in the next level at the discretion of the instructor.  

 
SALSA 102 (S102) - Level 1 Salsa On1
 
This is the second Level 1 course of Salsa Classes for beginners. Although it is not required, it is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take SALSA 099 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that have been doing some dancing - Any kind of dancing -  and would like to learn Salsa in a more structured way. Also for individuals that have been dancing Salsa already but would like to clean up their basics and add flavor and body movement to their dance. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: None required.
 
What would you learn?: Basic Step, 6 Basics, Left and Right Turns, Reverse Cross Body Leads [Passive Left, Passive Right, Active Left (inside Turn)], Intro to Body Movement (Shoulder taps, z-axis rotations) e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
When would I be ready to go to the next level?: It is recommended that students take the Level 1 classes for 6 months before moving to Level 2. Intake exams are required to participate in the higher levels so individuals that feel ready can always test at any time and can be placed in the next level at the discretion of the instructor.  



 
SALSA 103 (S103) - Level 1 Salsa On1
 
This is the third Level 1 course of Salsa Classes for beginners. Although it is not required, it is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take SALSA 099 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that have been doing some dancing - Any kind of dancing -  and would like to learn Salsa in a more structured way. Also for individuals that have been dancing Salsa already but would like to clean up their basics and add flavor and body movement to their dance. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: None required.
 
What would you learn?: Basic Step, 6 Basics, Left and Right Turns, Forward and Reverse Cross Body Leads [Passive Left, Passive Right, Active Left (inside Turn)], Intro to Body Movement (Circulation Arms, y-axis rotations) e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
When would I be ready to go to the next level?: It is recommended that students take the Level 1 classes for 6 months before moving to Level 2. Intake exams are required to participate in the higher levels so individuals that feel ready can always test at any time and can be placed in the next level at the discretion of the instructor.  
 
SALSA 201 (S201) - Level 2 Salsa On1
 
This is the first Level 2 course of Salsa Classes for intermediate beginners. It is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take S99 and/or S101 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following basic moves - right turns, left turns, cross body leads - in rhythm. The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: S101, S102 & S103 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: Randomized 6 Basics, Prep Turns, Cross Body Leads [Active right (outside turn)], 360s, Combinations of Body Movements (combined y-axis and z-axis rotations)  e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)

 
SALSA 202 (S202) - Level 2 Salsa On1
 
This is the second Level 2 course of Salsa Classes for intermediate beginners. It is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take S99 and/or S101 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following basic moves - right turns, left turns, cross body leads - in rhythm. The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: S101, S102 & S103 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: Randomized 6 Basics, Prep Turns, Axle Turns, Copas, Combinations of Body Movements (x-axis rotations plus circulation arms)  e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
SALSA 203 (S203) - Level 2 Salsa On1
 
This is the third Level 2 course of Salsa Classes for intermediate beginners. It is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take S99 and/or S101 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following basic moves - right turns, left turns, cross body leads - in rhythm. The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: S101, S102 & S103 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: Randomized 6 Basics, Prep Turns, Axle Turns, 360s, Copas, Combinations of Body Movements (x-axis rotations plus circulation arms)  e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
SALSA 301 (S301) - Level 3 Salsa On1
 
This is the first Level 3 course of Salsa Classes for advanced beginners. It is required that the student has a solid understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. The individuals in this course should have little to no difficulty finding the rhythm nor maintaining their steps when dancing.  
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following general moves - right turns, left turns, cross body leads, copas, 360s, e.t.c. - in rhythm. The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: S201, S202 & S203 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: 2-Count Prep Turns, Double Turns, Reverse 360s, Combinations of Body Movements (Complete Body-Arm Movement)  e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
SALSA 302 (S302) - Level 3 Salsa On1
 
This is the second Level 3 course of Salsa Classes for advanced beginners. It is required that the student has a solid understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. The individuals in this course should have little to no difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps when dancing.  
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following general moves - right turns, left turns, cross body leads, copas, 360s, e.t.c. - in rhythm. The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: S201, S202 & S203 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: 2-Count Prep Turns, Double Turns, Extended Cross Body Leads [Overturns], Reverse 360s, Introduction to Misdirection Patterns, Combinations of Body Movements (Complete Body-Arm Movement)  e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
SALSA 303 (S303) - Level 3 Salsa On1
 
This is the third Level 3 course of Salsa Classes for advanced beginners. It is required that the student has a solid understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. The individuals in this course should have little to no difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps when dancing.  
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following general moves - right turns, left turns, cross body leads, copas, 360s, e.t.c. - in rhythm. The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: S201, S202 & S203 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: 2-Count Prep Turns, Double Turns, Extended Cross Body Leads [Overturns], Reverse 360s, Introduction to Misdirection Patterns, Combinations of Body Movements (Complete Body-Arm Movement)  e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)









 
MAMBO 
Mambo in the context of our curriculum refers to Salsa dancing On2. It should be noted that although there are some significant differences that can be discussed further later, for our purposes, the Mambo courses refer to Salsa, just danced in a slightly different - contratiempo - style. 
 
Mambo has a very long and interesting relationship to Salsa, both as a parent/predecessor and close cousin. As the Cuban Son migrated to the United States in the early 1900s, the influence of Jazz and the big band era along with other artistic forces led to a powerful sound that combined the roaring sounds of the horns with the bubbling rhythms of the percussion section. This Mambo sound of the 40s and 50s later evolved into what we know today as salsa. But the Mambo lives on! 


 
MAMBO 099 (M99) - Mambo (Salsa On2) for Absolute Beginners
 
This salsa class puts all attention to getting the participants to take their very first steps as they start their exploration into Mambo dancing. This class is perfect for individuals that have absolutely zero dance background, are new to Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms, and/or have a hard time finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps to the beat. This class is also perfect for dancers that have been dancing On1 and would like to learn how to dance On2 as well. This class takes the students, unashamedly, to the very beginning! Downbeat vs Upbeat. Time vs Contratiempo! With lots of claps, and lots of laughs. All for the fun of it, with no pressure and absolutely no judgment.
 
These classes are not progressive. Each class would go over similar content but can slightly vary from class to class at the instructor’s discretion.
 
Prerequisite: None required.
 
MAMBO 101 (M101) - Level 1 Mambo (Salsa On2) 
 
This is the first Level 1 course of Mambo Classes for beginners. Although it is not required, it is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take MAMBO 099 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that have been doing some dancing - Any kind of dancing -  and would like to learn Salsa in a more structured way while still having a great time in a positive, uplifting and energetic environment. Also for individuals that have been dancing Salsa On1 and would like to learn to dance On2 as well. This class is also good for students that dance On2 already but would like to clean up their basics and add flavor and body movement to their dance. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: None required.
 
What would you learn?: Basic Step, 6 Basics, Left and Right Turns, Cross Body Leads [Passive Left, Passive Right, Active Left (inside Turn)], Intro to Body Movement (Pendulum Arms, y-axis torso rotations) e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
When would I be ready to go to the next level?: It is recommended that students take the Level 1 classes for 6 months before moving to Level 2. Intake exams are required to participate in the higher levels so individuals that feel ready can always test at any time and can be placed in the next level at the discretion of the instructor.  

 
MAMBO 102 (M102) - Level 1 Mambo (Salsa On2) 
 
This is the second Level 1 course of Mambo Classes for beginners. Although it is not required, it is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take MAMBO 099 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that have been doing some dancing - Any kind of dancing -  and would like to learn Salsa in a more structured way while still having a great time in a positive, uplifting and energetic environment. Also for individuals that have been dancing Salsa On1 and would like to learn to dance On2 as well. This class is also good for students that dance On2 already but would like to clean up their basics and add flavor and body movement to their dance. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: None required.
 
What would you learn?: Basic Step, 6 Basics, Left and Right Turns, Reverse Cross Body Leads [Passive Left, Passive Right, Active Left (inside Turn)], Intro to Body Movement (Shoulder taps, z-axis rotations) e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
When would I be ready to go to the next level?: It is recommended that students take the Level 1 classes for 6 months before moving to Level 2. Intake exams are required to participate in the higher levels so individuals that feel ready can always test at any time and can be placed in the next level at the discretion of the instructor.  



 
MAMBO 103 (M103) - Level 1 Mambo (Salsa On2) 
 
This is the third Level 1 course of Mambo Classes for beginners. Although it is not required, it is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take MAMBO 099 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that have been doing some dancing - Any kind of dancing -  and would like to learn Salsa in a more structured way while still having a great time in a positive, uplifting and energetic environment. Also for individuals that have been dancing Salsa On1 and would like to learn to dance On2 as well. This class is also good for students that dance On2 already but would like to clean up their basics and add flavor and body movement to their dance. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: None required.
 
What would you learn?: Basic Step, 6 Basics, Left and Right Turns, Forward and Reverse Cross Body Leads [Passive Left, Passive Right, Active Left (inside Turn)], Intro to Body Movement (Circulation Arms, y-axis rotations) e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
When would I be ready to go to the next level?: It is recommended that students take the Level 1 classes for 6 months before moving to Level 2. Intake exams are required to participate in the higher levels so individuals that feel ready can always test at any time and can be placed in the next level at the discretion of the instructor.  





 
MAMBO 201 (M201) - Level 2 Mambo (Salsa On2) 
 
This is the first Level 2 course of Mambo Classes for intermediate beginners. It is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take M99 and/or M101 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following basic moves - right turns, left turns, cross body leads - in rhythm (On2). The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: M101, M102 & M103 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: Randomized 6 Basics, Prep Turns, Cross Body Leads [Active right (outside turn)], 360s, Combinations of Body Movements (combined y-axis and z-axis rotations)  e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)

 
MAMBO 202 (M202) - Level 2 Mambo (Salsa On2) 
 
This is the second Level 2 course of Mambo Classes for intermediate beginners. It is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take M99 and/or M101 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following basic moves - right turns, left turns, cross body leads - in rhythm (On2). The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: M101, M102 & M103 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: Randomized 6 Basics, Prep Turns, Axle Turns, Copas, Combinations of Body Movements (x-axis rotations plus circulation arms)  e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
MAMBO 203 (M203) - Level 2 Mambo (Salsa On2) 
 
This is the third Level 2 course of Mambo Classes for intermediate beginners. It is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take M99 and/or M101 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following basic moves - right turns, left turns, cross body leads - in rhythm (On2). The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: M101, M102 & M103 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: Randomized 6 Basics, Prep Turns, Axle Turns, 360s, Copas, Combinations of Body Movements (x-axis rotations plus circulation arms)  e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
MAMBO 301 (M301) - Level 3 Mambo (Salsa On2) 
 
This is the first Level 3 course of Mambo Classes for advanced beginners. It is required that the student has a solid understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. The individuals in this course should have little to no difficulty finding the contratiempo rhythm nor maintaining their steps when dancing.  
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following general moves - right turns, left turns, cross body leads, copas, 360s, e.t.c. - in rhythm (On2). The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: M201, M202 & M203 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: 2-Count Prep Turns, Double Turns, Reverse 360s, Combinations of Body Movements (Complete Body-Arm Movement)  e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
MAMBO 302 (M302) - Level 3 Mambo (Salsa On2) 
 
This is the second Level 3 course of Mambo Classes for advanced beginners. It is required that the student has a solid understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. The individuals in this course should have little to no difficulty finding the contratiempo rhythm nor maintaining their steps when dancing.  
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following general moves - right turns, left turns, cross body leads, copas, 360s, e.t.c. - in rhythm (On2). The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: M201, M202 & M203 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: 2-Count Prep Turns, Double Turns, Extended Cross Body Leads [Overturns], Reverse 360s, Introduction to Misdirection Patterns, Combinations of Body Movements (Complete Body-Arm Movement)  e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
MAMBO 303 (M303) - Level 3 Mambo (Salsa On2) 
 
This is the third Level 3 course of Mambo Classes for advanced beginners. It is required that the student has a solid understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. The individuals in this course should have little to no difficulty finding the contratiempo rhythm nor maintaining their steps when dancing.  
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following general moves - right turns, left turns, cross body leads, copas, 360s, e.t.c. - in rhythm (On2). The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: M201, M202 & M203 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: 2-Count Prep Turns, Double Turns, Extended Cross Body Leads [Overturns], Reverse 360s, Introduction to Misdirection Patterns, Combinations of Body Movements (Complete Body-Arm Movement)  e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)



 
SALSA MUSIC - MUSICALITY 
 
An important way to connect with the dance is to connect more with the music. One of the main attributes of Salsa Music is the number and diversity of instruments played and the dense polyrhythmic combinations they produce. This makes it relatively hard for the untrained ear to understand the cyclical patterns created in the music, which in turn makes it hard for the dancer to dance in time. The musicality purpose of these classes is to help individuals understand the music a little bit more - One instrument at a time. 

 
SALSA MUSICALITY 101 (SM 101) 
This course is also for students that want to understand the musicality of the Salsa and Bachata music. In this class everyone gets to play different instruments week after week. We would create our own percussion mini-ensemble each week and work on creating the music from the ground up in order to hear it, feel it, and understand it more.
 
These classes are semi-progressive. Each class would go over concepts and rhythms learned in the previous. But people can drop-in as well due to the relaxed and spontaneous nature of the class. 
 
Prerequisite: None required
 
What would you learn?: Tumbao, Salsa Bass line, clave, cowbell, downbeat, upbeat, time changes, dropped bars, clave and its role in salsa music, e.t.c.

 
SPANISH MUSIC - LYRICS AND MUSICALITY 
One of the ways to connect deeper within the dance of the Latin/Afro Caribbean expression is to understand what is being sung. And as over 75% of Salsa/Bachata songs are in the Spanish language, it seems to be a good idea to have a general idea of Spanish as used in these songs. These classes work in two ways: We use learning Spanish to understand the song, and we use understanding the song to learn Spanish. This aspect of the class is perfect for anyone who wants to learn Spanish. Period. Learning and singing lyrics in Spanish is a great tool for learning how to speak the language.
 
Another way to connect with the dance is to connect more with the music. One of the main attributes of Salsa Music is the number and diversity of instruments played and the dense polyrhythmic combinations they produce. This makes it relatively hard for the untrained ear to understand the cyclical patterns created in the music, which in turn makes it hard for the dancer to dance in time. The musicality purpose of these classes is to help individuals understand the music a little bit more - One song at a time. 

 
SPANISH LYRICS AND MUSICALITY 101 (SLYM 101) 
This course is for individuals that want to learn how to speak Spanish by learning the lyrics of Salsa/Bachata songs. This course is also for students that want to understand the musicality of the Salsa and Bachata music. Understanding things such as, downbeat, contratiempo, thematic cycles (how to find the 1), time changes, dropped bars e.t.c.
 
These classes are not progressive. Each class would go over a different song each week and hence content would vary from class to class.
 
Prerequisite: None required
 
What would you learn?: General Spanish words and phrases as used in the songs, sections of a salsa Song, sections of a Bachata song, downbeat, upbeat, time changes, dropped bars, clave and its role in salsa music, e.t.c.











 
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BACHATA 
Bachata is a sexy, rhythmic dance with origins from the Dominican Republic that gained a lot of popularity in the last two decades and has continued to spread across the world.
 
The Bachata classes at RastaSalsa Dance will have you moving in rhythm with the music and teach you how to create those special connections with your dance partner and the dance floor through precise leading and body movements, all while having fun!




 
BACHATA 099 (B99) - Bachata for Absolute Beginners
 
This Bachata class puts all attention to getting the participants to take their very first steps as they start their exploration into Bachata dancing. This class is perfect for individuals that have absolutely zero dance background, are new to Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms, and/or have a hard time finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps to the beat. This class takes the students, unashamedly, to the very beginning! Movin’ it and Shakin’ it! All for the fun of it, with no pressure and absolutely no judgment.
 
These classes are not progressive. Each class would go over similar content but can slightly vary from class to class at the instructor’s discretion.
 
Prerequisite: None required.
 
BACHATA 101 (B101) - Level 1 Bachata
 
This is the first Level 1 course of Bachata Classes for beginners. Although it is not required, it is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take BACHATA 099 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that have been doing some dancing - Any kind of dancing -  and would like to learn Bachata in a more structured way while still having a great time in a positive, uplifting and energetic environment. Also for individuals that have been dancing Bachata already but would like to clean up their basics and add flavor and body movement to their dance. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: None required.
 
What would you learn?: Basic Step, 6 Basics, 4 Basic Shines, Inside turns (Left and Right Turns), Reverse turns, Outside Tosses, Cuddles (Cuddle Walk), Intro to Body Movement (Pendulum Arms, Hip sways), Body Awareness and isolations (Preparations for Body waves), Connection (Partnering the 4 Basic Shines), Understanding Frame vs. Relaxation e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
When would I be ready to go to the next level?: It is recommended that students take the Level 1 classes for 3 months before moving to Level 2. Intake exams are required to participate in the higher levels so individuals that feel ready can always test at any time and can be placed in the next level at the discretion of the instructor.  

 
BACHATA 102 (B102) - Level 1 Bachata
 
This is the second Level 1 course of Bachata Classes for beginners. Although it is not required, it is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take BACHATA 099 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that have been doing some dancing - Any kind of dancing -  and would like to learn Bachata in a more structured way while still having a great time in a positive, uplifting and energetic environment. Also for individuals that have been dancing Bachata already but would like to clean up their basics and add flavor and body movement to their dance. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: None required.
 
What would you learn?: Basic Step, 6 Basics, 4 Basic Shines, Inside Turns (Left and Right Turns), Axle Turns (Continuous Turns), Back Tosses and Hammerlocks, Intro to Body Movement (Shoulder Tap, Rib Cage Translations), Step-Tap Time changes Body Awareness and isolations (Preparations for Body waves), Connection (Partnering the 4 Basic Shines), Understanding Frame vs. Relaxation e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
When would I be ready to go to the next level?: It is recommended that students take the Level 1 classes for 6 months before moving to Level 2. Intake exams are required to participate in the higher levels so individuals that feel ready can always test at any time and can be placed in the next level at the discretion of the instructor.  



 
BACHATA 103 (B103) - Level 1 Bachata
 
This is the first Level 1 course of Bachata Classes for beginners. Although it is not required, it is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take BACHATA 099 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that have been doing some dancing - Any kind of dancing -  and would like to learn Bachata in a more structured way while still having a great time in a positive, uplifting and energetic environment. Also for individuals that have been dancing Bachata already but would like to clean up their basics and add flavor and body movement to their dance. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: None required.
 
What would you learn?: Basic Step, 6 Basics, 4 Basic Shines, Inside Turns (Left and Right Turns), Axle Turns (Continuous Turns), Reverse Turns, Step-Tap Time Changes, Tosses and Hammerlocks, Intro to Body Movement (pendulum , Shoulder Tap , ribcage translations and Hip sways),  Body Awareness and isolations (Preparations for Body waves), Cuddle Walks, Connection (Partnering the 4 Basic Shines), Understanding Frame vs. Relaxation e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
When would I be ready to go to the next level?: It is recommended that students take the Level 1 classes for 6 months before moving to Level 2. Intake exams are required to participate in the higher levels so individuals that feel ready can always test at any time and can be placed in the next level at the discretion of the instructor.  
 
BACHATA 201 (B201) - Level 2 Bachata
 
This is the first Level 2 course of Bachata Classes for intermediate beginners. It is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take B99 and/or B101 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following basic moves - right turns, left turns, Cuddles, hammerlocks - in rhythm. The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: B101, B102 & B103 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: Basic Steps with duple, triple and quadruple steps, Extra Basic Shines, Prep Turns (forward and reverse), Step-Tap Turn, Types of Time Changes, Inside Tosses, Back Packs and Anti Back Packs,continuous side open, Intro to Body Movement (connecting hips to basic),  Body Isolations and Introduction to Body Waves/Rolls, Cuddle Swivels, the Kizomba Connection, e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)

 
BACHATA 202 (B202) - Level 2 Bachata
 
This is the second Level 2 course of Bachata Classes for intermediate beginners. It is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take B99 and/or B101 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following basic moves - right turns, left turns, Cuddles, hammerlocks - in rhythm. The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: B101, B102 & B103 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: Basic Steps with duple, triple and quadruple steps, Extra Basic Shines, Delayed Turns, The Reach-In (into nothing, into half turn, into full turn?), Back Packs and Anti Back Packs, Types of Time Changes (“The Hold”) , Foxtrot Intro to Body Movement (connecting hips to basic),  Body Isolations and Introduction to Body Waves/Rolls, Cuddle Swivels, the Kizomba Connection, e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)
 
BACHATA 203 (B203) - Level 2 Bachata
 
This is the third Level 2 course of Bachata Classes for intermediate beginners. It is expected that the student has a general understanding of Latin/Afro Caribbean rhythms. For the individuals that still have a little difficulty finding the rhythm or maintaining their steps, it is highly suggested that they take B99 and/or B101 concurrently with this class. 
 
This class is perfect for individuals that exhibit proficiency at leading and following basic moves - right turns, left turns, Cuddles, hammerlocks - in rhythm. The student should also have a general understanding of basic body movements and how they connect with the basic step. 
 
This course comprises of progressive classes.  Each class would build on information from the previous class. It is highly recommended that students register for the course at the beginning of each month.
 
Prerequisite: B101, B102 & B103 or consent of the instructor.
 
What would you learn?: Basic Steps with duple, triple and quadruple steps, Extra Basic Shines, Prep and Delayed Turns, The Reach-In (into nothing, into half turn, into full turn?), Back Packs and Anti Back Packs, continuous side open, Foxtrot, Types of Time Changes (Step-tap, All Counts,“The Hold”) , Intro to Body Movement (connecting ribcage to hips to basic),  Body Isolations and Introduction to Body Waves/Rolls, Cuddle Swivels vs Cuddle Walks, the Kizomba Connection, e.t.c. (more detailed information can be found in the Syllabus)

 
BACHATA MUSIC - MUSICALITY 
 
An important way to connect with the dance is to connect more with the music. One of the main attributes of Bachata Music is the diversity of instruments played and the dense polyrhythmic combinations they produce. This makes it relatively hard for the untrained ear to understand the cyclical patterns created in the music, which in turn makes it hard for the dancer to dance in time. The musicality purpose of these classes is to help individuals understand the music a little bit more - One instrument at a time. 

 
BACHATA MUSICALITY 101 (SM 101) 
This course is also for students that want to understand the musicality of the Bachata music. In this class everyone gets to play different instruments week after week. We would create our own percussion mini-ensemble each week and work on creating the music from the ground up in order to hear it, feel it, and understand it more.
 
These classes are semi-progressive. Each class would go over concepts and rhythms learned in the previous. But people can drop-in as well due to the relaxed and spontaneous nature of the class. 
 
Prerequisite: None required
 
What would you learn?: Derecho, Ma’jao, Mambo sections. Bachata Bass line, downbeat, upbeat, time changes, dropped bars, e.t.c.


 
SALSA/BACHATA MUSIC - MUSICALITY 
 
An important way to connect with the dance is to connect more with the music. One of the main attributes of Afro-Caribbean music is the number and diversity of instruments played and the dense polyrhythmic combinations they produce. This makes it relatively hard for the untrained ear to understand the cyclical patterns created in the music, which in turn makes it hard for the dancer to dance in time. The purpose of these musicality classes is to help individuals understand the music a little bit more - one instrument at a time ; one song at a time. 

 
SALSA/BACHATA MUSICALITY 101 (SBM 101) 
This course is for students that want to understand the musicality of the Salsa and Bachata music. In this class everyone gets to play different instruments week after week. We would create our own percussion mini-ensemble each week and work on creating the music from the ground up in order to hear it, feel it, and understand it more. Students will have the opportunity to try playing the percussion instruments with a more trained percussionist as a pseudo-shadow. Playing alongside this “mentor” would help give the student a sense of bearing as they try to play their current instrument. 
 
In these classes, we would also listen to chosen songs and analyze them. We will be working on things like finding the main downbeat (the “1”) and understanding the thematic cycles in Salsa and Bachata songs. We will work on time changes and how and why they happen. We would examine different instruments in each song and how they converse with each other and how we can use the knowledge of this conversation to understand the music better. 
 
These classes are semi-progressive. Each class would go over concepts and rhythms learned in the previous. But people can drop-in as well due to the relaxed and spontaneous nature of the class. 
 
Prerequisite: None required
 
What would you learn?: Tumbao, Salsa Bass line, clave, cowbell, downbeat, upbeat, time changes, dropped bars, clave and its role in salsa music, e.t.c.