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Acquainting With The Salsa Spice

October 22nd, 2014 Written by | Comments Off on Acquainting With The Salsa Spice

VIDEO: Interview with Joel Guzman. A beginner student at Lorenz Latin Dance Studio, Manhattan explains his motive and passion for Salsa Dancing.

Salsa does not only captivate New Yorkers attention by their physical appearance or hearing, but it also has the powerful effect to reel you in mentally and emotionally.

At the Lorenz Latin Dance Studio in Manhattan one recent Friday night, dancers spun and twirled to the beat of the Salsa music. The women wore their sparkly satin high heel Burju shoes. The men comfortably dressed in plain fitted t-shirts and pants. The disco lights flashed all over the dance floor: Up, down, left and right, capturing every hip and leg Salsa styling movements. Dancers maneuvered their way through the dance floor as best as they could. Mirrors on the wall reflected many of Salseros’ and Saleras’ passionate face and body expressions. It was fascinating to view how they poured their heart, body, and soul into a world they can escape to.

It was a good time to enjoy Salsa dancing in one of the greatest well-known Salsa dance studios of New York. New Yorkers are fascinated by the sensuous and sultry Salsa dancing, music, and scene. When you acquaint yourself with it, its mixture of exotic Latin dance movements, beats, and rhythms mesmerizes you. In a city that is so diverse, people of all ages, ethnicities, and races come together to experience the wonders of Salsa. That is, building a social network, having a good time, boosting happiness, relieving stress, or even being a better dancer, and much more. Salsa does not only captivate New Yorkers attention by their physical appearance or hearing, but it also has the powerful effect to reel you in mentally and emotionally.

I had the pleasure to interview Joel Guzman, a beginner student that started taking Salsa lessons at Lorenz Latin Dance Studio, Manhattan 2 months ago. When I sat by the benches to take a break at socials night, I noticed the curiosity and enthusiasm in his face with learning Salsa. I definitely had to ask away, “Why the interest?”

“I knew “kitchen Salsa” as Guzman would say. I officially decided to take the step when I went to Atlantic City. Everyone knew what they were doing and I didn’t know a damn thing. “ Guzman said. “That was it. I did a few turns. She saw that I didn’t know what I was doing and she walked away. I went back that weekend and asked Jose when is his next class.”

It was interesting to learn that the reason behind Guzman joining the Salsa world was to become a better dancer. He shared with me that the woman’s rejection and his lack of skills on the dance floor led him to spontaneously sign up. Knowing “Kitchen Salsa” as he says, is not the same as knowing “Salsa On 2”. The difference between these two styles is that “Kitchen Salsa” has no structure or rules on the dance floor as which the other does. He mentions that he wants to come in to a club one day and show off more than just the basic Salsa skills and enjoy a good time doing so.

Another reason that people want to start Salsa dancing is a desire to overcome fears. Carlos Hervias is an advanced student at Lorenz Latin Dance Studio, Glendale. At socials night, I witnessed how busy he was on the dance floor. At every fast and slow paced song, he was not afraid to ask the ladies out. Nor would the ladies reject his offer. Now you’re probably thinking, “of course, he is an advance student… “ Do you really think that it is? When I asked him the following: “Did you always dance?”

“No, no, no. Actually I never danced before. Not even in family parties or anything like that. I would always run away when family members tried to ask me out to dance.” – Hervias said.

I was shocked. I don’t think anyone could believe that the person in front of me had a fear of dancing just a couple of years ago. Salsa proves that anyone can overcome them. He continues, “I was a little intimidated and I was scared, but once you learn a little Salsa, you gain confidence and that helps you a lot’’ He said. It is amazing to see how Salsa brings out the best side of people.

As you see New Yorkers, Salsa makes great wonders. Everyone on that dance floor is there for the same purpose as you: To discover the pleasures of Salsa. And if you ever stand behind that studio door one night hesitating to walk in, just remember: Acquaint with the spice!

Thalia Berrospi

Tags: Lorenz Latin Dance Studio · Salsa On 2 · The New York Salsa Scene

Salsa Thursdays – Club Cache

October 22nd, 2014 Written by | Comments Off on Salsa Thursdays – Club Cache

Video: Club Cache brings in Top Salsa Performers from Mexico to debut one of their Spiciest choreography in New York City!

There is no doubt that New Yorkers love to dance. New York City offers a list of great venues for the young, hip, and old. However, none like the hottest low-key Salsa venue, “Club Cache”, located on 22 West and 39th street in Manhattan. This nightclub is not just the typical Salsa nightclub you walk into to groove. This spot is especially made for the “Salsa on 2” lovers. “Salsa on 2” is better known as the New York Salsa. It is a formal dance style that comply rules as oppose to the free-style “Salsa” that we all know. So if you are feeling the Salsa itch on your feet, be prepared to bring a towel and your Mambo shoes along.

As soon as you walk into this underground Salsa nightclub, you can’t help but to feel excited from the anticipation of having a great night of Salsa Dancing. The Salsa music makes you feel so welcomed and good inside. The glow in the dark walls are so appealing to eye. Each side has pictures of different singers, musicians, animation/videogame characters and dance movies of all time such as: Michael Jackson, Slash, Mario, Pac-Man, Flash Dance and more. You just can’t get over the whole 80’s and 90’s Latin funk vibe. It’s outstanding and vibrant.

New Yorkers are not only lucky to find a “Salsa On 2” dance spot that opens their doors on the weekends, but also on Thursday nights. At a regular nightclub, one would argue that people only go there to mingle and have a good time out. People are less devoted to dancing and perhaps more devoted to the music. At a Salsa nightclub like Cache, people are here to do what they do best, solely dance. In fact, many people also come here to relieve off stress from a long day of work or one is simply fed up with the idea that why should one even bother to wait for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to dance.

At this fascinating Salsa nightclub, I met a variety of people who shared their feelings about nightclubs. I met Winnie Zambrano, a college student who goes to Salsa nightclubs from time to time, was enjoying dancing to every Salsa song as any young lady or Salsera’ would. She explained how Club Cache is different than regular nightclubs.

“People here actually dance to DANCE. It’s not like the regular nightclub where you walk into, and you’re immediately getting hit on or judged.“ – Zambrano said.

This demonstrates the true reality of the “Salsa On 2” scene. The ladies can feel free and comfortable to come in wearing their highest heel dancing shoes without having any kind of intimidation. In the Salsa world, most males that know the true ethics of Salsa actually ask the ladies permission first if they want to dance. “It’s as if you are Cinderella and prince charming comes along extending his right hand to you with one arm back asking the question, ‘May I please have one dance with you Madam?” – Zambrano said.

Carolina Quinones, a Med-school student in Long Island comes to Club Cache to dance and watch top-notch performers from across the globe.

Quinones said she feels good after a night of dancing at Club Cache.

“Gladly, I don’t feel that guilt of shame when I leave at the end of the night as I would with a regular nightclub. I actually feel like I’ve done something productive for myself. That is, receiving inspiration from others and developing my Salsa skills” – She said.

Luckily that night, Club Cache brought in Salsa performers from Mexico to debut one of their spiciest choreography! At first, their choreography started with the basic salsa moves but as soon as the beat got faster they managed to wowed the audience from head to toe. Club Cache offers people the advantage to learn spectacular Salsa dance moves from so many individuals across the globe. Hence, not only Salsa lovers or students come here to dance but the professionals as well.

Club Cache is the go-to spot for those who desire the real New York Salsa sensation. Once you are in, you are in for the spin of a lifetime.

Tags: "Salsa On 2" Nightclubs · Club Cache · Salsa On 2 · Salsa Thursdays · The New York Salsa Scene

Salsa Thursdays – Club Cache

October 22nd, 2014 Written by | Comments Off on Salsa Thursdays – Club Cache

Video: Club Cache brings in Top Salsa Performers from Mexico to debut one of their Spiciest choreography in New York City!

There is no doubt that New Yorkers love to dance. New York City offers a list of great venues for the young, hip, and old. However, none like the hottest low-key Salsa venue, “Club Cache”, located on 22 West and 39th street in Manhattan. This nightclub is not just the typical Salsa nightclub you walk into to groove. This spot is especially made for the “Salsa on 2” lovers. “Salsa on 2” is better known as the New York Salsa. It is a formal dance style that comply rules as oppose to the free-style “Salsa” that we all know. So if you are feeling the Salsa itch on your feet, be prepared to bring a towel and your Mambo shoes along.

As soon as you walk into this underground Salsa nightclub, you can’t help but to feel excited from the anticipation of having a great night of Salsa Dancing. The Salsa music makes you feel so welcomed and good inside. The glow in the dark walls are so appealing to eye. Each side has pictures of different singers, musicians, animation/videogame characters and dance movies of all time such as: Michael Jackson, Slash, Mario, Pac-Man, Flash Dance and more. You just can’t get over the whole 80’s and 90’s Latin funk vibe. It’s outstanding and vibrant.

New Yorkers are not only lucky to find a “Salsa On 2” dance spot that opens their doors on the weekends, but also on Thursday nights. At a regular nightclub, one would argue that people only go there to mingle and have a good time out. People are less devoted to dancing and perhaps more devoted to the music. At a Salsa nightclub like Cache, people are here to do what they do best, solely dance. In fact, many people also come here to relieve off stress from a long day of work or one is simply fed up with the idea that why should one even bother to wait for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to dance.

At this fascinating Salsa nightclub, I met a variety of people who shared their feelings about nightclubs. I met Winnie Zambrano, a college student who goes to Salsa nightclubs from time to time, was enjoying dancing to every Salsa song as any young lady or Salsera’ would. She explained how Club Cache is different than regular nightclubs.

“People here actually dance to DANCE. It’s not like the regular nightclub where you walk into, and you’re immediately getting hit on or judged.“ – Zambrano said.

This demonstrates the true reality of the “Salsa On 2” scene. The ladies can feel free and comfortable to come in wearing their highest heel dancing shoes without having any kind of intimidation. In the Salsa world, most males that know the true ethics of Salsa actually ask the ladies permission first if they want to dance. “It’s as if you are Cinderella and prince charming comes along extending his right hand to you with one arm back asking the question, ‘May I please have one dance with you Madam?” – Zambrano said.

Carolina Quinones, a Med-school student in Long Island comes to Club Cache to dance and watch top-notch performers from across the globe.

Quinones said she feels good after a night of dancing at Club Cache.

“Gladly, I don’t feel that guilt of shame when I leave at the end of the night as I would with a regular nightclub. I actually feel like I’ve done something productive for myself. That is, receiving inspiration from others and developing my Salsa skills” – She said.

Luckily that night, Club Cache brought in Salsa performers from Mexico to debut one of their spiciest choreography! At first, their choreography started with the basic salsa moves but as soon as the beat got faster they managed to wowed the audience from head to toe. Club Cache offers people the advantage to learn spectacular Salsa dance moves from so many individuals across the globe. Hence, not only Salsa lovers or students come here to dance but the professionals as well.

Club Cache is the go-to spot for those who desire the real New York Salsa sensation. Once you are in, you are in for the spin of a lifetime.

Tags: "Salsa On 2" Nightclubs · Club Cache · Salsa On 2 · Salsa Thursdays · The New York Salsa Scene

Salsa Thursdays – Club Cache

October 22nd, 2014 Written by | Comments Off on Salsa Thursdays – Club Cache

Video: Club Cache brings in Top Salsa Performers from Mexico to debut one of their Spiciest choreography in New York City!

There is no doubt that New Yorkers love to dance. New York City offers a list of great venues for the young, hip, and old. However, none like the hottest low-key Salsa venue, “Club Cache”, located on 22 West and 39th street in Manhattan. This nightclub is not just the typical Salsa nightclub you walk into to groove. This spot is especially made for the “Salsa on 2” lovers. “Salsa on 2” is better known as the New York Salsa. It is a formal dance style that comply rules as oppose to the free-style “Salsa” that we all know. So if you are feeling the Salsa itch on your feet, be prepared to bring a towel and your Mambo shoes along.

As soon as you walk into this underground Salsa nightclub, you can’t help but to feel excited from the anticipation of having a great night of Salsa Dancing. The Salsa music makes you feel so welcomed and good inside. The glow in the dark walls are so appealing to eye. Each side has pictures of different singers, musicians, animation/videogame characters and dance movies of all time such as: Michael Jackson, Slash, Mario, Pac-Man, Flash Dance and more. You just can’t get over the whole 80’s and 90’s Latin funk vibe. It’s outstanding and vibrant.

New Yorkers are not only lucky to find a “Salsa On 2” dance spot that opens their doors on the weekends, but also on Thursday nights. At a regular nightclub, one would argue that people only go there to mingle and have a good time out. People are less devoted to dancing and perhaps more devoted to the music. At a Salsa nightclub like Cache, people are here to do what they do best, solely dance. In fact, many people also come here to relieve off stress from a long day of work or one is simply fed up with the idea that why should one even bother to wait for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to dance.

At this fascinating Salsa nightclub, I met a variety of people who shared their feelings about nightclubs. I met Winnie Zambrano, a college student who goes to Salsa nightclubs from time to time, was enjoying dancing to every Salsa song as any young lady or Salsera’ would. She explained how Club Cache is different than regular nightclubs.

“People here actually dance to DANCE. It’s not like the regular nightclub where you walk into, and you’re immediately getting hit on or judged.“ – Zambrano said.

This demonstrates the true reality of the “Salsa On 2” scene. The ladies can feel free and comfortable to come in wearing their highest heel dancing shoes without having any kind of intimidation. In the Salsa world, most males that know the true ethics of Salsa actually ask the ladies permission first if they want to dance. “It’s as if you are Cinderella and prince charming comes along extending his right hand to you with one arm back asking the question, ‘May I please have one dance with you Madam?” – Zambrano said.

Carolina Quinones, a Med-school student in Long Island comes to Club Cache to dance and watch top-notch performers from across the globe.

Quinones said she feels good after a night of dancing at Club Cache.

“Gladly, I don’t feel that guilt of shame when I leave at the end of the night as I would with a regular nightclub. I actually feel like I’ve done something productive for myself. That is, receiving inspiration from others and developing my Salsa skills” – She said.

Luckily that night, Club Cache brought in Salsa performers from Mexico to debut one of their spiciest choreography! At first, their choreography started with the basic salsa moves but as soon as the beat got faster they managed to wowed the audience from head to toe. Club Cache offers people the advantage to learn spectacular Salsa dance moves from so many individuals across the globe. Hence, not only Salsa lovers or students come here to dance but the professionals as well.

Club Cache is the go-to spot for those who desire the real New York Salsa sensation. Once you are in, you are in for the spin of a lifetime.

Tags: "Salsa On 2" Nightclubs · Club Cache · Salsa On 2 · Salsa Thursdays · The New York Salsa Scene

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