Where’d all the Salsa come from?

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The roots of Salsa originated in Eastern Cuba (Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo) from the Cuban Son (about 1920) and Afro-Cuban dance (like Afro-Cuban Rumba). There, Spanish and Afro-Cuban musical elements were combined, both in terms of rhythm and the instruments used.

Rhythms from two main existing styles of music in the region were combined to create a New dance. This new rhythm was combined with American jazz, and taken to New York by Cuban musicians.

Join us for our All Levels Salsa series!

Every Saturday at 11:15 in our downtown Napa location.

We’ll save you a dance!

Your Body & Brain On Dance

How often are you dancing?

Whether you’re young or old, making dance a daily habit is actually super good for you!

Brain Health

Through practicing the art of dance, you will not only greatly improve your physical health, but your mental health as well. Studies show dancers have greater strength, flexibility endurance, and balance. Ultimately, it’s not just a workout that improves your body, but your mind too.

Did you know that dancing 30 minutes a day increases your brain function, and supports better emotional health? On a variety of levels, dancing improves cognitive function, and increases your muscle memory. Having to think quick on your feet while combining rigorous exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which sends information more quickly, creating new neural pathways. This process over time, improves our overall mental capacity, and general well being in our day to day live.  Dancing naturally helps us to reduces stress levels, and symptoms of depression. Looking for more joy in your life? Just dance! 

We've teamed up with Alzheimers Association, whose studies have found that frequent participation in ballroom dance showed a 75% risk reduction of dementia.

Our goal is to spread awareness of the beauty, and benefits of dance with the world.

The motto, You + More Dancing =Ultimate brain power & ultimate super-human skills!

 

 

5 Tips for the Wedding Dance.

Couples First Dance.

For every parent, in-law, and dearly beloved, let your dance be a memorable moment for all to see, with our help every deliberate step of the way.

1. Give Yourself Enough Time to Take Lessons- Too many leave their planning of the first dance until the last week or two before the big day, then awake in the middle of the night with horror remembering they don't have a song, let alone the slightest clue what to do with their hands of feet during one. We help couples who run into that situation, but it's better to save yourself the stress, and also premature wrinkles by giving yourself enough time (six to eight weeks) to condition and practice.

2.) Music-  Selecting your song is always the fun part. What kind of vibe do you want to bring to your wedding that reflects your burning love for one another? Either you have a song you immediately know is yours, spend time trading ideas until you come to an agreement, or ask recommendations from us. Our instructors will help you put your options on the table, whatever your thinking. Some of our students just come to us with a style of dance in mind, and no song, and that is perfectly wonderful.

3.) The Dress- Does your dress include a veil or other limitations? Keeping in mind the steps, spins, and dips you’ll make on your wedding night whilst in your wedding groove. If your wedding dress is long or has a train, bustle it, so you won't take a spill. We wouldn't want that for you!

4.) The Shoes- Wear shoes that are comfortable for dancing. If you aren't used to high heels, wear lower heels or flats. A new trend we've even seen brides doing recently, is opting for TOMS or Chuck Taylors instead of heels. Not saying you have to follow the trend, but hey, be comfortable! It's your day, and if you're stepping out on your wedding day like a baby fawn, dancing might get kind of terrifying. 

5.) Photography/Video- Make sure you have plenty of assigned photographers and cinematographers to capture your sweet moves and perfect moments together on the dance floor. If any night is a night worth remembering, it's this one. Your dance could make it onto a dvd, a famous youtube channel, or a dance blog and become a viral sensation.. only if thats what you want, naturally! 

Ensure your special day is as heavenly, and elegant as your dreams, and tell us all about your wedding asap. What you're thinking, what your vision is, where are you going on vacation, can we come with you? No, but we love all the details and ideas, and warm fuzzies our Wedding Couples bring into the studio. Let us help you get started today!