Oriental Dance or Belly dance
Picture from my students at Hafla intensive in Helsinki. Photo by: Matti Sten
picture from my students rehearsaling for the spring show
As this style is normally associated with the ballroom competition style. I refer this name, for what it means. The social dances from Latin-America. Now, what is exactly the difference between social dance and competition dances? The first one have a more relaxed overview. Dances by the people created for the people so that everyone can jump in and enjoy them. The ones that are danced in every birthday party, weekend disco and national celebrations with a fairly good band playing live music on the town square. The steps are also more simple and easy enough so that everyone can follow along. Meanwhile the competition ballroom style is more in to that over stretched, complex foot patterns and turns and i could say, over the top style.(notice: i have nothing against that though. I think all dance styles are beautiful)
Which styles do i teach? Merengue, Salsa(casino), Bachata(classic), Chachachá, Reggeatón and Kizomba*(!!!Note:!!! Kizomba is a dance form from Angola/Africa, so it´s not a Latin dance. However, i have noticed that in Latin parties, they would often also play some Kizomba songs)
What you will learn on my lessons?You will learn the origins of each dance style, the different rythms of each, how to count them and how to difference one from another, also the basic steps that are performed in couples for each dance, some solo steps and embelishments.
So does that mean i need a couple?No, you don´t. We perform all the steps solo. Even the couple steps. So you don´t need to be afraid to be paired with anyone.
Do i need to have previous dance experience?No, you don´t. Everyone is free to join any of my basic dance lessons without previous experience in the field.