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Oxford University Salsa Society

Oxford University Salsa Society

Salsa classes

This academic year 2019-20 the weekly salsa classes will take place on Tuesdays during term time at the Moser Theater in Wadham College. There will be 3 different levels of L.A. style salsa classes for beginners, improvers and intermediate/advanced dancers.

There are 3 different classes for 3 different levels:

7-8 pm Salsa L.A. Style Beginners level with Nico & Laura or Katharina

8-9 pm Salsa L.A. Style Improvers level with Nico & Laura or Katharina

9-10 pm Salsa L.A. Style Intermediate level with Matei  & Gwyneth

Each lesson will have a component addressing body posture awareness and will include a warm-up, shines, and styling. Please note that lessons will build on each other therefore it is recommended not to skip lessons for your level so that you can reap the benefits of  the classes.

There will also be an additional class every Wednesday at Oxford Retreat (1-2 Hythe Bridge Street):

7.30-8.30pm L.A. Style Beginner level Salsa with Paul or beginner level Bachata with Sergio , or Cuban Salsa rueda with Bea.

This Beginners class on Wednesdays is followed by a social dancing until 11.30 pm. 

Classes are available to everyone; both university students and non-students are welcome. Society membership is not required to attend classes (but certainly is beneficial!).

Prices per class are:
£4 (for members)
£6 (for non-members)

Prices for Social and Class at the Retreat on Wednesdays:
£4 (for members)
£6 (for non-members)

Cross-body Salsa On1 Classes by Laura and Nico
Typical Salsa Songs.

The Importance of Musicality and Timing

Musicality and timing are EVERYTHING! It doesn’t matter how great you look, how many turns and spins you can do, how flexible you are or your great posture, it doesn’t matter how fast you can move, or how great your styling and footwork are IF they are not done on time with the music. If musicians did not have any timing then they would not be able to coordinate the music that they create, therefore you wouldn’t have songs. As a dancer, if you are not dancing on time with the music, then you are not dancing (although it might look like you are dancing, you’re just randomly moving to no beat).

When you are dancing by yourself, you as a dancer have an established relationship with the music. When you are dancing with a partner, you have a relationship with your partner, and what is holding that relationship together is the music you both are listening to. When you are not dancing on time you loose that connection with the music and the experience of dancing becomes shallow. It then becomes just random movement. The equivalent would be of someone banging on the drums (Or playing whatever instrument) with no rhythm, it holds no meaning; it just then becomes random noise.

On the contrary, when you are dancing on time with the music it is the equivalent of making music, with your body. The dance becomes MUSICAL. You are being music, and the experience is much deeper. Plus, when you master timing more people are going to want to dance with you because they can make sense and follow what you are doing.

Salsa Rhythm and Timing
Colombian Salsa Orchestra Matecaña
WSS19 – Simone Sanfilippo & Serena Mase Professionals Salsa On1 World Champions

WSS20 Streamed live on the 11th of Jan. 2020

Salsa Songs Video Mix

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