Cleveland Salsa Passion

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About Cleveland Salsa Passion's "Strictly Salsa - LA style" Dance Classes

About Our Salsa/Bachata/Kizomba Classes

1. We Teach Club Style Salsa-Bachata-Kizomba

We teach LA-style salsa dance as well as other popular club dances - Bachata/Merengue/Kizomba. So the forms and moves we teach are the style that are familiar to other social dancers. You can use what you have learned in salsa clubs or any social settings, and most of people will be able to recognize this style, and will be able to dance with you even though you have never danced with them before.

2. We Teach "LA Style" Salsa

What Is LA Style Salsa?

Although often dancing on-1 style is interchangeably called LA style salsa, "LA style salsa", in our opinion, has its own characters, such as LA-snap out, and baskets, and lady's travelling turns. So one can dance on-1, but dance without any turns, or with lots of mambo or staccato characters, thus such dancing won't reflect true LA style salsa. LA style salsa was started by Vazquez brothers in Los Angeles, California. LA-style salsa is characterized by ladies' (and men's) beautiful spins, dancing in a slot, as well as flash dips, and tricks for competitive style of dancing. In this style, the leader dances on 1 (which means man steps forward on 1), and is the preferred salsa style in most of the U.S. except in New York and surrounding areas. Example of LA style salsa --->by Cristian Oviedo and Carolina Cerisola


3. Our Goal Is to Make Our Students Great in Social Dancing


We focus on teaching "social dancing" of Latin club dances. Although you probably have seen many "Dancing with Stars" or "So You Think You Can Dance" type of fantastic performances, the most popular form of salsa-bachta-kizomba are "social dancing" in clubs or socials.

I hope you understand that show or performance are mostly "choregraphed", and practiced thoroughly beforehand, although some are improvised.

Social dancing is, on the other hand, done impromtu to the music that is played on the spot, with a partner, and cannot be choreographed in advance. Therefore, the key dancing skills involve leading and following skills.

Our goal is primarily to encourage and teach dancers to learn to dance strictly by lead and follow techniques (our class is named "Strictly Salsa - LA Style". Is this a coincidence?). "Dancing beautifully" takes lots of time invested in learning and practice.


Facts About Salsa Dancing(also applies to Bachata and Kizomba)

Fact 1. Salsa Dancing Will Add Fun To Your Social Life

If you are new to salsa dance, we are here to teach you how to dance. Once you become more or less confident, you will no longer want to sit down at parties, weddings, or dances because you can't dance.

Can anyone with no background in dancing learn how to dance? Yes. We'll show you how easy it can be! No previous dance experience is required to learn to dance salsa. Moreover, you will have fun! Whoever said you can't learn and have fun at the same time?

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Fact 2. It Takes Lot of Learning and Practice To Become Advanced Social Dancer

If you have been dancing salsa for a while, and want to get better, we welcome you to join us at our intermediate and advanced "Strictly Salsa - LA style" classes. You will learn to dance with style, spin beautifully and have fun. Salsa dancing will surely become your passion in your life! Good dancers are sought after on the dance floor, and also in social settings. Dancing is not only fun and great exercise, but also builds self-confidence and social grace. In another words, it has the power to transform people's lives.

Fact 3. You Do Not Need Dance Partner To Become Good At Social Dancing

People say I need a partner to improve. But be aware that unless your partner is socially advanced dancer, you might be struggling because of your partner. Although it is highly recommended that you learn to dance by dancing with best dancer or instructors, the fact is that you will have to know how to adapt to different skills and styles of dancers when you do social dancing. You will be dancing with variuos level of dancers on a social dance floor. By dancing with many different dancers while you are improving, you will be able to adapt your lead or follow to different people eventually.

Fact 4. Good Social Dancing Takes Good Craft and Artistry

The fun and artistry of dancing comes from being able to dance and interpret the music through your dancing. Since every song is unique, one has to be able to adapt their moves or timing to fit the music. Therefore, improvisational ability of the dancer becomes very important.

Good social dancing will come alive with muisc. Good dancers not only dance to the music, but to augment and interpret music. See below video - Improvisational salsa dancing by Sean Youn and Alana Kish


Fact 5. Salsa Dancing Skills Can Be Transferred from or to Other Social Dancing

For example, Sean Youn(our instructor) has learned to dance swing, West Coast Swing, and hustle, before he delved fully into salsa dancing, and he found out that the lead and follow skills from those social dances have translated well into salsa dancing.


Fact 6. You Will Find Salsa Clubs in Most of the Major Cities Around the World - You Won't Be Bored When You Are Travelling

Salsa dancing is the most popular partner dance now in clubs. There are so many occasions that you can use salsa dancing! We strongly encourage you to go out to various social settings and dance salsa. Our classes are geared for use in social settings such as night clubs, social dance events, weddings, and parties. For singles, salsa dancing is a great way to meet other people. You will be able to have fun while getting to know other people. If you are a couple, this gives couples a wonderful past-time to share. You know how that boosts the relationship !

Cleveland Salsa Passion is dedicated to creating the greatest environment for people to learn to dance and interact with other salsa dancers in Northeast Ohio.

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Come Join Us !

Night Club Style Salsa, Bachata, Kizoma, Latin Dancing Class -- New session starts first week of the month.

Class Schedule---> here

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Nightclub Style Salsa-Bachata-Kizomba Taught By Cleveland Salsa Passion



We teach:

Salsa (on 1) - LA style



This will get you ready for all Latin dance club moves. Or wedding if you desire.


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Now "Night Club Style Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba" Dance Lessons Offered in Beachwood, Ohio

Class taught by Cleveland Salsa Passion and Dance With Me Dance Studio Instructors:

Location:  Dance With Me Dance Studio
  3637 S. Green Rd. Suite 3A
Beachwood, Ohio 44122

Call (216) 385-6096 for Class Details

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