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Salsa
The fast-paced living breathing dance known as the salsa has become the most popular Latin dance in the United States. New York's Puerto Rican community adapted the mambo to a new style of popped-up Latin music and the salsa was forged from many dancing feet. Because salsa has not been fully codified, people all around the country dance the basic step differently. Salsa, as it is danced today, is a style of mambo often danced on the one beat instead of on the two beat. This permits many more everyday non-latin folk to enjoy the dance. The basic is tremendously versatile allowing for many tempos. Slow salsa down, you can dance it to rumba and cha cha music; dance it close and sexy, you get dirty dancing.

Salsa is taught at most ballroom dance schools (See riDance's Ballroom & Swing page). The schools and teachers on the Salsa dance class listings specialize in salsa.





SALSA GROUP CLASSES & PRIVATE LESSONS

SALSA & MAMBO
You will find salsa and mambo lessons in just about every ballroom and social dance school as well as at community centers and clubs throughout the state. See riDance's Ballroom Dance classes for general social dance class listings. The following schools and teachers specialize in salsa.



JEFF ALLEN'S BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES
Swing, Salsa, Hustle, Ballroom, Argentine Tango, Latin, Wedding Prep


800 Oaklawn Ave (Rte 5) Unit M2
Cranston RI 02904
Phone: 401-331-1400
Email:
Website: http://jeffallendance.com

Private and semi-private lessons are taught 6 days and 5 weekday evenings in Salsa, East & West Coast Swing, Tango, Hustle, and all Latin dances. Wedding preparation is a specialty.


SALSA WITH JEFF ALLEN
Group Salsa Classes

Check the link below to connect directly to Jeff Allens website schedule page.

Jeff Allen Salsa Group Classes

 

SALSA BOOT CAMPS WITH JEFF & ROBIN ALLEN

Check the link below to connect directly to Jeff Allens Salsa Bootcamp schedule page.

Jeff Allen Salsa Boot Camp Lessons

Dance with 10 to 50 People, have fun, make friends and Learn Salsa!

Salsa Dancing is quickly replacing the Gym and other workout programs! Salsa provides you great a cardio workout and nice body tone!

At a Salsa Boot camp, expect to burn up to 1500 calories!


Jeff Allen has been teaching dance for over twenty five years (1984), and enjoyed a very successful career as both an Amateur and Professional competitor. He's won numerous Championships, has earned over 30 NDCA Top Teacher Awards, has attained the prestigious Membership Degree in the North American Dance Sport Teachers Association and is an examiner (trains dance teachers and administers examinations for the professional credential examination).

Jeff is also the author of the very popular dance books, Quickstart to Swing and Quickstart to Tango, as well as The Complete Guide to Slow Dancing, video & booklet, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ballroom Dancing with DVD (currently the number 1 selling dance book on Amazon.com). All make excellent engagement and shower gifts.

Jeff Allen has served as a resident ballroom dance expert for USA Today Newspapers for Dancing with the Stars as well as locally on
Channel 6 WLNE.



GENUINO'S DANCE SCHOOL

CLOSED

796 Broad St.
Providence, RI 02907
Phone: 401-467-6045
Pager: 401-938-4808
Email:

Instructor Carlos Valentin ('Coyote'), Master of Salsa
About Classes:
Small location with big moves
Authentic Dominican salsa instruction in English or Spanish
Aerobic preparation included with Salsa, Merengue, and Batchata lessons
Classes for Women, Men, and Children
Private lessons to prepare choreography for weddings, sweet sixteen, quinceanera, etc.
Class Schedule:
Sunday through Friday (no classes Saturday).
Beginners: Sun to Wed from 5:45-7:00pm for the first few classes (for beginners).
Intermediate/Advanced: from 7:15-9:00pm Mon to Thr, 7:00-8:30pm on Fri, and 6:00-7:30pm on Sunday.

posted 08Jul06.updated 28Jan11

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JJ LATIN DANCERS STUDIO
Formerly Jambo Dance Studio


2178 Broad Street
Cranston, RI 02905
Phone: 401-996-1566
Email:
Website: http://www.jjlatindancers.com
Teachers: Julian & Kathy Hidalgo
Classes and performances
New York Club Style Salsa Classes. See the website for more explanation of this salsa style. Group and private classes available. No partner required. All levels welcome.

JJ LAtin Dancers Group Classes 2008
8 Week sessions
Monday
Starts January 14, 2008
7:30pm 9:30pm...Basic Beginner Salsa

Tuesday Starts January 15, 2008
730pm-930pm...Beginner Salsa

Thursday
Starts January 17, 2008
730-930pm Advanced Beginner Salsa

Saturday
On-going - Jump right in!
12noon-115pm Salsa Kids ages 7 to 15 years

posted 30May06.updated 10Jan08

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LATIN MOVES
LATIN DANCE,LATIN AEROBIC,FITNESS

Erika Lawrence-Instructor
Phone 401-789-7357
Email:

A native of Costa Rica, Erika Lawrence is certified in ACE Aerobics and teaches at the Neighborhood Guild in Peacedale RI. She is also a Spanish tutor so you can take your classes in Spanish or English!

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ALAN MORTON

7537 Post Road
(opposite YMCA)
North Kingstown RI 02852
Phone: 401-294-1464
Email: Website: ArtsToWellness.com
Director: Alan Morton
Private, semi-private and group lessons offered.

A seasoned Salsa and Latin dance instructor based in North Kingstown, central Rhode Island. Teaches private, semi-private and group classes in Rhode Island and neighboring States. Facilities and clubs he has taught include Fall River Community College, The Dance Forum, The Talent Factory Dance Studio (Lincoln), Strictly Salsa Productions, The Learning Connection and at the popular Hispanic nightclub in Providence, La Cabana. He is a qualified and a registered coach with the U. K. Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dance.

Classes provided on-site and off-site.

posted 02Mar06.updated 28Jan11

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WHERE TO DANCE




MEDITERRANEO
Latin Nights
Saturday Nights
Upstairs at Mediterraneo
134 Atwells Ave
Providence, RI 02903
Website:
www.mediterraneocaffe.com
Time: 11pm
Cover: $10.00, ladies free until midnight (or go for dinner and get in free)
Dress: Proper dress - no hats, no boots, no sneakers, no baggy pants - Dress Jeans and Diesels are OK
ID required
Salsa, merengue and other Latin dances in a safe, upscale environment.
posted 12Apr07.updated 22Sep07

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JJ LATIN DANCERS SALSA DANCES
Unstable dance schedule, call to make sure dances are happening
JJ Latin Dancers Studio
2178 Broad Street
Cranston, RI 02905
Phone: 401-996-1566
Email:
Website: http://www.jjlatindancers.com
Occasional and practice dances. See website above for schedule.
Price includes non-alcoholic beverages and snacks
Posted 8Jun07.updated 16Jan09

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STRICTLY SALSA TUESDAYS
Olives
108 North Main Street
Providence RI
Website: http://www.olivesri.com
Director: Jeannie Oki
9pm to midnight Dance
Lessons: Ana Mihalova 7pm - 8pm and 8pm - 9pm
Price $3.00 cover

Information Jeannie Oki at 1-401-941-8008
Or email
Beginners are invited to jump right in!
Strictly Salsa is RI's longest runing salsa dance.
Free parking in rear

SPECIAL EVENT

Sunday February 8, 2009
Hacha y Machete Salsa Dance Workshop and Dance


Olives
108 North Main Street
Providence RI
Information: 401-941-8008
Email:

7pm to 9pm Salsa Workshop for all levels
9pm to midnight Dance with dance demo at 1030pm

Workshop only $20.00, Dance only $5.00, both $25.00
Pre Registration required
Music by DJ Mono

posted 3Jul08.updated 24Jan09

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SALSA @ THE SPOT
The Spot
286 Thayer Street
Providence RI
Date: occasional dates
Call or email for dates
Information: Manny Davis 401.248.5395
Email:
Website: http://www.manolopresents.com/manolo_presents.html

Saturday January 31, 2009
Time: 8pm til 1am
Lessons: included in price 8-9pm rueda, 9pm-10pm beginner salsa lesson
Dance 10pm - 1am
Price: $10.00
Phone: 401.248.5395

Join us at Salsa@theSpot in a beautiful space and splendid dance floor. Boston's DJ Suave will provide the music with Free Salsa Rueda Lesson by Venugopalan at 8pm and a free Salsa Lesson by Carlos (JJ Latin Dancers) at 9pm. There's a Latin American buffet for $3.00/ Parking is available across the street from The Spot in the lot behind CVS on East Cushing Street.

updated 24Jan09

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ANNUAL SUMMER DANCES

THE TOWERS
SALSA
The Towers
35 Ocean Road
Narragansett RI
Thursday August tba, 2008
Time: 7-10pm
Floor: Hardwood
Information: 401-782-2597
Or Email:
Price: $10.00
Summer Dances
This year the only latin dance is on Thursday August 10, 2006 with Chiva Bus offering a delightful Tropical Latin Mix
Alsp see riDance's Towers page
Posted 17Sep05.updated 8Jun07

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SOVEREIGN PLAZA BALLROOM
Saturday tba, 2009

Salsa Night
Sovereign Plaza Ballroom
Intersection of Westminster & Weybossey Streets
Down City
Providence, RI
7pm Lesson
8:00-midnight Salsa Dance
Price: It's Free!!
Phone: 401-272-3111 (canned info)
Website: http://www.waterfire.org/schedule/ballroom06.html
While the Providence River burns grandly in the background, salsa dance to live music. WaterFire is weather dependent. Occasional showers or passing thunderstorms will usually not cancel the event. However, WaterFire is usually cancelled in the event (or prediction) of heavy sustained rain. Please call their information line (401-272-3111) for weather updates.

posted 30May06.updated 24Jan09

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BALLROOM DANCES
SALSA & MAMBO
Almost all ballroom dances include mambo music; some play the poppier salsa - both are fine for salsa. Plus Salsa can be danced to many other tempos. See riDance's Social Dance pages for all listed dances.

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WHO'S WHO IN SALSA

* Ballroom dance teacher, Jeff Allen is the author of the best selling Quickstart to dance series. He specializes in salsa, swing and hustle. Contact JeffAllen@quickstartbooks.com or 401-331-1400. Website

* Tito Boror, salsa promoter and dancer, runs Salsa Social. Contact djtito26@hotmail.com or 401-639-6009

* Elizabeth 'Liz' Dos Santos, dancer with JJ Salsa Dance Company. Website. Contact Liz@jjlatindancers.com.

* Erika Lawrence, salsa and aerobics teacher as well as a Spanish tutor. She can teach the class in Spanish or English. Contact rika062000@yahoo.com.

* Carlos Gonzalez, dancer with JJ Salsa Dance Company. Website. Contact Carlos@jjlatindancers.com.

* Julian & Kathy Hidalgo, mambo instructors, performers and promoters who run the JJ Latin Dancer's salsa dance company and the JJ Latin Dancers Studio. Website. Contact 401-996-1566 or Julian@jjlatindancers.com.

*Venu Kumar, Casino Rueda instructor. Website. Contact 405-762-2762 or .

No longer in Rhode Island

* Alan Morton A seasoned Salsa and Latin dance instructor based in central Rhode Island. He is a qualified and a registered coach with the U. K. Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dance. Teaches private and group classes in Rhode Island and neighboring States. Some of the facilities and organizations where he has taught include Fall River Community College, The Dance Forum, The Talent Factory Dance Studio (Lincoln), Strictly Salsa Productions, The Learning Connection, and the La Cabana nightclub in Providence. Provides private, semi-private, group lessons and coaching on-site or off-site. Phone 401-294-1464. Email . Website ArtsToWellness.com

* Jeannie Oki, salsa teacher and promoter runs Strictly Salsa. Contact

* Claudia Rios, salsa teacher. Can teach in Spanish or English. Contact 401-226-4181

* Daniel Rodriguez-Correa, salsa promoter. A native of Puerto Rico, where he started salsa lessons at 15, Daniel came to Providence in 2000 and discovered an actively growing salsa scene. Webmaster of the now closed RI salsa website, www.providencesalsa.com.

* Pamela Slavsky, salsa teacher and promoter who ran SalsaHappens in Pawtucket from 2003 to 2006.

* Sarah Sloane taught salsa, bachata, and argentine tango in Rhode Island from 1995 to 2008. Website. Contact sarah_sloane@cox.net or 401-921-1898

* Carlos Valentin, taught authentic Dominican salsa at Genuino's Dance School. He teachs in both Spanish and English, but has returned to the Dminican Republic. Contact 401-467-6045 or genuinos@verizon.net


SALSA PERFORMERS

JJ LATIN DANCERS
340 Smith Street Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-996-1566
Email:
Website: http://www.jjlatindancers.com
Artistic Director: Julian Hidalgo
Combining salsa with technique and passion for the music, JJ Latin Dancers will bring a spicey salsa performance to your stage. Whether you call it the Eddie Torres style or the New York Club Style, JJLD dances on the 2! Call for details.
posted 31May06


LINKS
Providence Salsa
http://www.providencesalsa.com
Website covering Providence's salsa scene

Salsa Boston
http://salsaboston.com
Very active website for the large community of Boston salsa dancers

Addicted to Salsa
http://www.addicted2salsa.com
Salsa news, gossip, videos, articles, everything salsa!

Salsa New York
http://www.salsanewyork.com
A website for the New York salsa scene. Includes lots of information about New York style salsa (breaks on the 2 beat).



MAGAZINES
International Salsa
Excelllent online salsa magazine covers salsa all over the world in English and Spanish. Extensive listings for salsa festivals, classes and cd's. Articles on dance music, dance technique, salsa lifestyle and salsa notables of all kinds. The magazine can be accessed online, downloaded or delivered by email.

La Voz
The magazine, billed as "The Underground Voice of the Salsa Mambo Community", contains interviews, articles, and discussion for the salsa and mambo dance community. Based in Georgia, it will distributed all over the world. US Prices: Full Year Subscriptions are $15 and Single Issues are $5

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