Thursday May 7 |
Salsa is a dance form with origins from the Cuban Son (circa 1920s) and Afro-Cuban dance (specifically Afro-Cuban Rumba).
Our main man Khalid has previously done salsa for 4-5 months and wanted to share his passion of salsa dancing with the rest of the team.
We invited our good friends from CU Dance, Santos and Ekaterina to show the Pixel Dreams team and some friends how to move.
Basic salsa is fairly easy to learn in a short period of time. Once you get the hang of the beat and the footwork, you can graduate to doing some simple partner work. During our lesson from Santos and Ekaterina, we got a chance to learn some partner work. We learned how to do a turn and even how to do a dip.
Started in 2013
Our teachers come from a diverse background and have over 10 years of experience teaching hundreds of students. We also have experience dancing in venues across the globe. We motivate each other to improve, and we focus on fun. We are constantly learning and developing new tricks and techniques to share with our students.
Santos Lee was born and raised in Honduras, where he developed a love for Latin music and dance. Santos started to train officially in Salsa when he moved to Vancouver in 1994, and has continued studying a wide range of other dances including Ballroom, Bachata, Merengue, Afro-Cuban Rumba and Cuban Son.
Santos loves to teach. His classes focus on timing and musicality, footwork, body movement, leading/following techniques, clean execution of movement and tons of laughs.
Ekaterina Tsvetkova joined C. U. Dance Productions in 2011 and has been performing with them at various festivals in the Toronto area, including the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) and the Muhtadi International Drumming Festival.
Ekaterina was born in Russia and came to Toronto in 2007 to study marketing. She started her formal dance training back in Russia in 1992, studying various types of dance, such as Russian Ballroom, Russian Folk Dance, Contemporary, Belly Dance and foundations of Latin. In Canada, she learned Salsa, Bachata, Afro-Cuban and Casino Rueda.