About This Class
This class is part of our specialty class program for this season. Specialty classes are designed to help you take your dancing to the next level with a variety of new dance styles added every season.
L.A. Style Salsa
LA style salsa can be traced back to the Cubans that immigrated to the USA, who not only took the Mambo dance to New York, but also to Los Angeles.
At the time the popular dances in the city were Argentinean Tango and Swing, both of which became key elements of what was to become the Los Angeles style. Coupled with Hollywood theatrics, really made this form of salsa a big hit as it became the style of choice for stage performances.
This style of salsa is performed On1, which means the lead starts stepping forward on the first beat of the music. It is also known by some as “cross body salsa”, owing to the cross body lead forming the basis for performing a lot of moves.
LA style is danced in straight lines, which means while moves may involve turns and circular motions, the dancers always return to dance on the same virtual line they started on.
Lifts and dips are a common feature with LA, although it’s fair to say this refers more to the choreographed performances than to social dancing where the dancers don’t necessarily know each other and their capabilities
- Salsa Lovers offers over 50 group classes every week
- Our 55-minute Group Classes give students a chance to learn new dance moves in an environment where you can practice their steps before hitting the dance floor
- We work on a rotation basis which means it is not necessary to have a partner to learn any of the dances because we frequently rotate partners during each class
- Class sizes vary, but the average is 20 to 40 people
- Specialty Classes vary every season