==== ====Learning Salsa from home or anywhere you want, when you want can drastically improve yourSalsa skills - this is w...
more than a thousand industries at last countThere is Salsa in the airYet with all the changes, Cali retains a homey charm...
$2 up to $6 per hour for more private, one-on-one instruction. Group classes fu up fast. Salsaclasses are not just the pla...
Bozo shoes. For a while, 1 stuck to downtown places like "Cuarto Venina," perched on the banksof the brownish, knee-deep C...
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  1. 1. ==== ====Learning Salsa from home or anywhere you want, when you want can drastically improve yourSalsa skills - this is why Joel Dominguez, a highly professional and well renowned world classSalsa teacher wishes to bring you: "Dance with feeling" - Beside his training videos, his softwareand teachings bring you the basics on how to swiftly evolve into a highly professional Salsadancer, including through helping you understand the deeper rythmic sience behind some core-various salsa instruments - fully * feeling* each of them~ to upgrade your Salsa skillset today andimpress your audience! For more information, please click the following link:http://youtu.be/YmVapkA0jc4 (more info) or alternatively, for a direct link to the producthttp://bit.ly/QllnDA==== ====You step through the darkened entranceway, leaving the tropical night behind. Suddenly, waves ofsound crash over you Iike ocean surf. Breaking out in a sweat, your heart pounds to the rhythm ofbass, bongos, bells and brass. The walls seem to pulsate. The pungent smell of perspirationmixed with perfume assaults you. As your eyes adjust to the dark, broken by hypnotic flashes ofthe multi-colored strobes, you realize its not walls that enclose you, but dancers-- scores ofdancers gyrating, weaving and swirling, limbs flashing, hips thrusting in quarter--time beat. You fillyour lungs with the spicy aroma, tighten your belt a notch and plunge in. Welcome to Changos inCali, Colombia - one of Latin Americas hottest Salsa night clubs.Cali, a modern, festive city, lies in the heart of "the Valley." when Colombians say "the Valley" theymean the Cauca valley, a not so little Garden of Eden a hundred-fifty miles long and some fifteenmiles wide between the coastal mountain ranges and the Central Cordillera. Until the turn of thecentury, this valIey was little more than a rural outpost.Then, with a population of some 15,000, the Cauca Valley was largely cattle country, parceled outin vast tracts among the "haciendados." These were proud, almost haughty men who raised cattlefor leather and beef. Some had plantations of sugar cane used to produce the sweetener "panela"and distill the crystal-clear but potent "aguardiente" still sipped today. Life was slow, measured,patriarchal and unchanging.It has been said that the Cauca region is to Colombia what the South is to the United States.Indeed, there are similarities. In bygone days "hidalgos walked the unpaved "calles" in coats ofvelvet or scarlet broadcloth embroidered and buttoned with gold and silver, their waistcoats offlowered silk, and the ruffles of their shirts were of the finest batiste," says Kathleen Romoli, authorof Colombia: Gateway to. South America. And like the Southern states in colonial rimes, largenumbers of slaves were imported to work the fields and serve the gentry.Time has brought many changes. Today vast sugar cane plantations still carpet the Valley.Mechanized production of cotton, rice and cattle has turned the Cauca Valley into Colombiasmost important agricultural area, after "King Coffee". And with economic growth has comeindustry. A leisurely colonial town in 1900, Cali has grown into a large manufacturing center with
  2. 2. more than a thousand industries at last countThere is Salsa in the airYet with all the changes, Cali retains a homey charm, a personality different from other cities, anatmosphere you might expect to find in the Caribbean. Romoli describes it well:The most striking thing about Cali today is not the plaza with it imposing government buildings androws of taxis, along the avenues of giant palms, nor the suburbs with their modem villas, andchurches, whose bells chime melodies instead of clanging as it Bogotá, nor the busyfactories. It is the pervasive air of cheerfulness almost of gaiety Not that it is a city of manyamusements; Cali is not gay by virtue of commercial facilities for organized diversion but by thegrace of god.Cali attracts travelers from all over; tourists, businessmen, back packers, scientists, and students.And, of course, salsa fans and salsa artists. Recording studios,"rumberias","discothèques" and "viejotecas" abound.What is Calis appeal? The citys buoyant atmosphere? The spectacular sunsets? The naturalbeauty of the soaring Andes? The vaunted beauty of its women? Perhaps its the climate whereits always June. Or could it be its remarkable cleanliness? Many Colombian towns are clean, butCali is so clean it stands out. Or maybe its the trees and flowers--the billowing crimson and purplebougainvilla that tumbles in profusion from the walls, the cup-of-gold that drips from the eaves, thewaxy bells of the trumpet flow, the poinsettia bushes, gorgeous gardenias, the trees with magentaleaves and carmine flowers or others with feathery green--white blossoms or pale clusters of pink--the wild extravagance of blooms among which humming birds with iridescent green bellies flit evenin winter.No Salsa No DatesCali has all these. But undoubtedly for many, the principal attraction that lures them to thischarming city is Salsa music. The sensuous, tropical rhythms of Salsa pervade the lives of the twomillion plus Caleños. On every bus youll hear Salsa. Go for a walk, to school or shoppingtheres salsa in the air. And, of course theres Salsa on almost all of the more than two dozen localradio stations. All over town, 24-hours a day, Salsa blasts from speakers on the streets, in parks,in stores, from cars, portable radios and private homes. Cali lives and breathes Salsa. But whySalsa? Many other musical traditions, styles and types of folk music flourish in Cali (including thetraditional Cumbia, where machete wielding dancers stomp around full-busted women in ruffledskirts). Whats so special about Salsa? After all Vallenatos, a brand of folk music with roots back tothe days of the Spanish conquistadors, is still hugely popular--especially as sung by the likes ofColombias Grammy award winner Carlos Vives. Boleros (check out Luis Miguels "Inolvidable")and Merengue continue to have strong followings here.Why has this one style ingrained itself so deeply into the culture? To aficionados the answer issimple: "I love salsa music." Whatever the reason for its universal popularity in Cali, Salsa is morethan just music, more than a dance. Its an indispensable social skill explains my friend,Carmenza, "No salsa--no dates." You cant meet others if you cant dance." And thats why thereare salsa dance schools throughout the city. You pay for lessons by the hour. Prices range from
  3. 3. $2 up to $6 per hour for more private, one-on-one instruction. Group classes fu up fast. Salsaclasses are not just the place to go for learning, but to practice and perfect your moves or pick upsome new ones. Theyre a good "meeting place" for neighborhood residents. "Its important todance very well or youre boring," says Sofia, an avid Salsa fan.Cali calls itself the "Salsa Capital, of the World," a title wrenched from post-Fidel Cuba and oftenshared with New York City. But even those who might take exception to "World Capital" will agreethat Cali is certainly the "Salsa Capital of South America." The top Latin salsa performers, likeNew Yorks Jerry "King of 54th Street" Gonzalez, regularly fly in to strut their stuff. At any giventime you can see all the famous names in salsa, artists hike Cubas "Queen of Salsa," Celia Cruz;guitarist, singer and songwriter Juan Luis Guerra from the Dominican Republic; Frank Raul Grillo,the Cuban American also known as Machito; Reuben Blades, the popular Panamanian singer,songwriter, actor and politician renowned for his musical innovations as well as traditional Salsa;Willie Colon; Oscar dLeon, and others.SALSA CAPITAL OF THE WORLDAnd you dont have to go far in this city of dancers to hear all the different styles and variations ofSalsa. Juanchito, with 120 of the hottest dance halls, is the throbbing rhythmic heart of CalisSalsa nightlife. Every week throughout the year, two hundred thousand locals pour into thiseastern suburb to party. Cali teems with discos and "viejotecas" for the young and not so young.Latinos of younger generations typically favor a smoother, more sentimental music known asSalsa Romantica, popularized by bandleaders such as Eddie Santiago and Tito Nieves.Internationally popular salsa singers of the 1990s included Linda "India" Caballero and MarkAnthony. The Puerto Rico-based orchestra "Puerto Rican Power" is another hot group with ardentfans both in Cali and Puerto Rico.While its thrilling to hear famous performers of Salsa music from abroad, dont forget Calis manyown outstanding world class groups and musicians of Salsa fame blending the old with the new.The classic and the innovative. Its worth a trip to Cali just to hear the vibrant non-traditionalsounds of Jairo Varela and the Grupo Niche. Or other artists like "Son de Cali," the all--female"Orchestra Canela" and Lisandro Meza who also inject new blood into Cali´s Salsa scene.These and the intoxicating classic Salsa sounds of Kike Santander, Joe Arroyo and Eddy Martinezthunder through the air and flow in the veins of "coca-colos" (late teens to early 20s adolescents)and "cuchos" alike in discos, salsatecas and even in viejotecas that draw the over-35 crowd.When I arrived in Cali 1995, I thought my salsa was OK. After all, ld picked up some smoothmoves from a bevy of hot Puerto Rican beauties during a summer stint in San Juan. Even back inmy home state of Pennsylvania, there were opportunities on Friday or Saturday nights to slip outand mix with Latinos at our local Hispanic watering holes. Id perfected a double-quick step in arectangular pattern, too, and added whirls and spins to the heavy beat. I had no trouble getting,and keeping, dance partners. Then in Miami, during a Labor Day weekend retreat, I met a Latincutie. I invited her for dinner and dancing later that week at "La Cima," one of the citys top Salsaclubs, to show off my moves. She was impressed. A year later we married and after a couple moreyears we moved to her native Colombia.Colombian salsa is a different beast. The style, rhythm and beat are similar in other places but itsa different story on the dance floor. My feet recognized the beat, but behaved as if 1 were wearing
  4. 4. Bozo shoes. For a while, 1 stuck to downtown places like "Cuarto Venina," perched on the banksof the brownish, knee-deep Cali River. Its listening only, no dancing here. The music is sosubdued you can carry on a conversation over empanadas and cold "Costeña". It can bejust the right touch for a Sunday afternoon. Nowadays, my Latin cutie and 1 are considered"cuchos" (the over-35 set). Its been ten years. Were still here though, still dancing Salsa. And Imstill showing off my moves.Prof. Larry M. Lynch is an English language teaching and learning expert author and universityprofessor in Cali, Colombia. Now YOU too can live your dreams in paradise, find romance, highadventure and get paid while travelling for free.For more information on entering or advancing in the fascinating field of teaching English as aForeign or Second Language send for his no-cost PDF Ebook, "If You Want to Teach EnglishAbroad, Heres What You Need to Know", immediate delivery details and no-obligation informationare available online now at: http://bettereflteacher.blogspot.com/Need professional, original content or articles for your blog, newsletter or website? Have aquestion, request, or want to receive more information or to be added to his articles and teachingmaterials mailing list? Then contact the author at this website for a prompt response.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Larry_M._Lynch==== ====Learning Salsa from home or anywhere you want, when you want can drastically improve yourSalsa skills - this is why Joel Dominguez, a highly professional and well renowned world classSalsa teacher wishes to bring you: "Dance with feeling" - Beside his training videos, his softwareand teachings bring you the basics on how to swiftly evolve into a highly professional Salsadancer, including through helping you understand the deeper rythmic sience behind some core-various salsa instruments - fully * feeling* each of them~ to upgrade your Salsa skillset today andimpress your audience! For more information, please click the following link:http://youtu.be/YmVapkA0jc4 (more info) or alternatively, for a direct link to the producthttp://bit.ly/QllnDA==== ====

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