This academic year 2020/21 (Hilary Term) the weekly salsa classes will continue to take place on Tuesdays during term time online.
We have teamed up with another 10 Salsa Societies at different universities across the UK to deliver you a diverse selection of online footwork classes. There are going to be 9 weeks total, due to all the unis starting their second term at different times, the first week of the program is Week 2 of Hilary Term, the last one is Week 10. This second week, the classes are hosted by the University of Oxford Salsa Society. Salsa classes will be taught by Fabhiola Oviedo and the bachata by Sergio Fernandez. So in OUR WEEK, on the 2nd of February, there will be salsa classes by Fabhiola Oviedo and on the 4th of February, there will be bachata classes by Sergio Fernandez! Your support is greatly appreciated.
Two hours of salsa classes, 7-9 pm every Tuesday
Two hours of bachata classes, 7-9 pm every Thursday
And it will only cost you £20 to participate in the ENTIRE 9-week program! All you need to do is pay £20 to the OUSS bank account and then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a private message to our Facebook profile with your full name, email address and Facebook account to be added to the closed Facebook group that will contain all recordings from all the 9 weeks. You will also receive Zoom links to all the classes as they go live, so you can choose if you prefer to participate through Zoom or Facebook.
Alternatively, you can also pay £3 to participate in one day of classes. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions here, through Facebook private messages or via email!
The payment details are as follow
Sort code 20-65-20
Bank account 33947718 Please,use your name as the reference!
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: 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): This Beginners class on Wednesdays is followed by 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)
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.