News: UK's taste for Salsa
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is a popular dance style from Latin America. The word salsa
literally means mixture; the music draws its influences from
older Latin styles namely rumba, mambo and the cha
songs, often sung in Spanish, have intricate, driving rhythms
and brilliant horn arrangements. The music has an exhilarating,
exuberant and vibrant feel.
has been popular since the 1950s and is still popular today.
is an example of a currently popular singer who has absorbed
salsa into her music.
recent salsa artists include Linda "India" Caballero,
Mark Anthony and singer Celia Cruz.
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teacher Nicky Lloyd Greame and her partner Gormack Dione (aka The
Salsaholics) are on a mission to bring salsa to Leeds.
says: "I learnt to dance in London but I am from Leeds. Apparently
there was a salsa craze in Leeds around ten years ago but we thought
it would be interesting to bring the latest dance style to my home
Lloyd Greame and her partner Gormack Dione (aka The Salsaholics)
has enjoyed recent popularity following breakthrough success by
musical stars such as Ricky Martin and Buena Vista Social Club.
believes the new Dirty Dancing film, Havana Nights, will bring even
more converts to the dance.
specialises in New York-style salsa which involves a far more linear,
free flowing movement than the classic circular Cuban version.
says: "It's perfect for people of all ages. We've had youngsters
at our classes as well as couples in their 80s and it's also a great
way to keep fit.
get lots of couples but many single people come to the classes,
it's a chance to meet new people.
don't need any dancing experience. You can even come with two left
feet. Just make sure you bring a smile!"
having a go yourself? Salsa lessons usually cost around £5
and there are lots of places you can learn in Leeds. Here
are some of the classes available:
La Tasca, Greek Street, Leeds
T: 0113 2285272
Classes with the The Salsaholics - advanced 7.30pm, intermediate
8.30pm, beginners 9.30pm. Music and dancing from 10.30pm -
Carnaval!: The Faversham, Springfield Mount, Leeds
T: 0113 2566733
Streetsalsa classes with Lisa Da Funk from 7.30pm follwed
by latin sounds on the dancefloor until 2am.
Salsa Com Samba: Homarus, Swinegate, Leeds
T: 0113 2449339
Classes with Carlito - beginners 8pm, intermediate 9pm. Party
from 10pm - 2am.
Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate, Otley (from 3 June
T: 01943 462020
Classes with The Salsaholics 7-9pm. Salsa club from 9pm -
Salsoul: The Atrium, Grand Arcade, Leeds
T: 0113 2426116
Classes with the The Salsaholics from 9pm. Music and dancing