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Everybody salsa!
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Salsa dancing
Why not find your latin spirit and get fit at the same time by taking up salsa dancing?

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Salsa 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 cha.

Salsa songs, often sung in Spanish, have intricate, driving rhythms and brilliant horn arrangements. The music has an exhilarating, exuberant and vibrant feel.

Salsa has been popular since the 1950s and is still popular today.

Shakira is an example of a currently popular singer who has absorbed salsa into her music.

Other recent salsa artists include Linda "India" Caballero, Mark Anthony and singer Celia Cruz.

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Dancing teacher Nicky Lloyd Greame and her partner Gormack Dione (aka The Salsaholics) are on a mission to bring salsa to Leeds.

Nicky 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 city."

Nicky Lloyd Greame and her partner Gormack Dione (aka The Salsaholics)
Nicky Lloyd Greame and her partner Gormack Dione (aka The Salsaholics)

Salsa has enjoyed recent popularity following breakthrough success by musical stars such as Ricky Martin and Buena Vista Social Club.

Nicky believes the new Dirty Dancing film, Havana Nights, will bring even more converts to the dance.

Nicky specialises in New York-style salsa which involves a far more linear, free flowing movement than the classic circular Cuban version.

She 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.

"We get lots of couples but many single people come to the classes, it's a chance to meet new people.

"You don't need any dancing experience. You can even come with two left feet. Just make sure you bring a smile!"

Fancy 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 - midnight.

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 2004)
T: 01943 462020
Classes with The Salsaholics 7-9pm. Salsa club from 9pm - 11pm.

Salsoul: The Atrium, Grand Arcade, Leeds
T: 0113 2426116
Classes with the The Salsaholics from 9pm. Music and dancing until 3am.

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