SalsaTeacher: Hervin Alvarez
Back in the far away 50’s of the 20th century there was a dance phenomenon called mambo. Such musical superstars as Tito Puente were all the rage. Dance sensations like Cuban Pete were becoming household names… Exciting music, sensual partnering techniques and sexy hip movements took America by storm. Debates over styles were all around, but one thing that was never compromised was the “clave” (klave) – the beat kept by an instrument by the same name in all of recognizable latin music. But that was so long ago… Then came the 90’s. Movement of the mambo, as well as it’s basic action had a revival, but at a faster and even more frantic pace. It was hot! hot! hot!!!! In fact it became known as Salsa – an easy sell. And it’s a wonderful dance that is still as fresh and popular today as when it first started.