512 Eaton St
Key West, FL 33040
Salsa originated in the Caribbean, with strong roots in Cuba. It spread to the United States during the 1940s and became popular at first among members of Latino communities. Several distinct styles emerged, as idiosyncratic dance expressions of certain dance communities such as those in Puerto Rico, New York, L.A and Cali Columbia. It is a spicy and highly popular, fast dance, in which a few basic beginner steps are embellished by advanced dancers with thrilling spins, shoulder shimmies and arm choreography.
About the Key West World Culture Dance Series
Key West is host to a myriad of cultures, and each one of these cultures is expressed through dance in some form, from Cuban Salsa, Cha-Cha-Cha and the mysterious, sacred orixa dances of the African Yoruba religion, to the sensual Bachata and rowdy Meringue of nearby South American nations, along with the rhythmic Cumbia of Columbia. From the lambada-based dances of Brazil to Caribbean Zouk music, to Junkanoo of the Bahamas, and the American country rhythms of the Southern States, Key West has a thriving dance community. Even Argentine Tango is danced here – having arrived during its golden era – and so are many forms of international ballroom, as well as East Coast Swing, Jitterbug and Charleston that date back to Key West’s time of prohibition. Early settlers from Ireland, Scotland and many parts of Europe also brought their favorite dance styles – that served to connect ex-patriots across continents in congenial social interaction.
Please join us for a series of Dance Workshops in 6 thrilling dance styles from different cultures. Each Workshop is two hours long, and will be taught by a highly regarded teacher with a thorough knowledge of both the dance and its history. Please note that teachers are also available for private dance classes.
- HenRy Velandia, a native of Venezuela this New York-based Salsa champion is hailed as one of New York’s most popular teachers in his field.
- Ronny Dutra, a highly skilled and personable teacher from Maksim ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Chmerkovskiy’s Dance With Me studio in New York. Ronny’s beautiful style and ability to break down moves for absolute beginners makes him a perfect choice for this dance series.
- Master Braz is an original member of the famous Kaoma Company. The Key West Art and Historical Society are proud to host the acknowledged World Master in Zouk-Lambada.
- Pamela Stephenson is a professional Dance Promoter, Teacher, Dance Competition Judge, as well as being creator and producer of the Brazouka International Dance Show and Company. She has formed and developed international dance companies in the UK and Brazil and recently established Brazouka Key West with a mission to teach excellence in partner dancing.