Super Salsa Nieuwsbrief Mei 2019!

Ja! Een beetje aan de late kant, maar toch… mijn nieuwsbrief. Na een leuke vakantie samen met mijn familie in Wiesbaden (Duitsland) ben ik weer aan vakantie toe. Je kent het wel. En toch bruis ik van energie en ben ontzettend enthousiast over de maand mei. Er zijn ZOVEEL leuke dingen om te doen! Lees maar zelluf… 

Woensdag 8 mei:

De laatste danslessen van het seizoen voor de Gevorderden 1, Gevorderden 2 en Bachata Fusion lesgroepen van salsa dansschool Sizzling Salsa!

Ja! Dit wordt de 10de les van de salsa Gevorderden 1, Gevorderden 2 en de Bachata Fusion die door Marlies en Sederick worden gegeven. Helaas is dit ook het definitieve einde van de cursus Bachata Fusion. Maar cursisten en geïnteresseerden kunnen zich nu alvast inschrijven voor de bachata cursus dat op de vrijdagavonden wordt gegeven door Edgar Wannee.

Er is elke week een salsacafe bij Podium Victorie in Alkmaar. Na de danslessen gaan we daar verder feesten. En jij bent van harte welkom om eerder te komen en met ons mee te feesten!

Entree: GRATIS!

Voor meer info en voor het inschrijven voor een nieuwe cursus: info@sizzlingsalsa.nl

Donderdag 9 mei:

2 salsa dansworkshops aan middelbare scholieren voor Cross Your Borders

Docent: Sederick

Tijd: Van 09.45 t/m 12.00 uur

Plaats: Het Groene Hart Lyceum in Alphen a/d Rijn

Alleen voor deelnemers van de school www.crossyourborders.nl

Vrijdag 10 mei:

NIEUW!!! Een Mini Bachata Moderna danscursus bij Latin Club Fiesta in Kokonoches Latincafe!!!

Een 4-weekse cursus Bachata Moderna dansen voor beginners georganiseerd door salsa dansschool Latin Club Fiesta!

Tijd: Van 21.00 t/m 22.30 uur

Docenten: Sabine & Sederick

Plaats: Kokonoches Latincafe, Smedestraat 35 in Haarlem

Voor meer info en voor het inschrijven: backoffice@latinclubfiesta.nl

Woensdag 15 mei:

Het begin 8 weekse salsa dansseizoen van salsa dansschool Sizzling Salsa! LA style Salsa on1 🙂

Docenten: Marlies & Sederick

Tijden: Gevorderd 1 van 19.15 t/m 20.15 uur

            Gevorderd 2 van 20.15 t/m 21.15 uur

Plaats: Podium Het Victorie, Alkmaar

Voor meer info en voor het inschrijven: info@sizzlingsalsa.nl

Donderdag 16 mei:

De laatste combi danslessen salsa en bachata moderna van het seizoen voor de Intermediate +, Gevorderden en de Gevorderden +++ lesgroepen van salsa dansschool Happy Salsa!

Docenten:  Amanda en Sederick

Jammer he? Maar niet getreurd: het nieuwe dansseizoen begint op donderdag 23 mei. Je kunt je NU alvast daarvoor inschrijven!

Voor info en inschrijven: info@happysalsa.nl

Vrijdag 17 mei:

De Nationale Kampioenschappen Bachata dansen 2019!

Stijlen: Alle bachata dansstijlen, met de focus op traditionele bachata

Plaats: Danscentrum Colijn in Uithoorn

Tijd: Van 19.30 t/m 01.00 uur

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2228676770584597/

Zaterdag 18 mei:

Happy Salsa Certificaat en Feestavond!

Tijden:

Afdansen & Certificaat uitreiking van 19.00 t/m 21.00 uur

Feest van 21.00 t/m 0.00+ uur

Plaats: MFC ‘t Dorpshuis in Julianadorp

DJ: Maik ‘El Tigre’

Entree: GRATIS!

Event: https://happysalsa.nl/

Zaterdag 18 mei:

De finale van de Nederlandse Kampioenschappen Salsa dansen 2019!

Stijlen: LA Style Salsa on1, New York stijl Mambo on2 en Cubaanse Casino. Extra: SMICE Cup!

Plaats: Danscentrum Colijn in Uithoorn

Tijd: Van 19.00 t/m 01.00 uur

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1903340849705317/

Zaterdag 18 mei:

Fiesta Deluxe – Festival Edition met leuke workshops, shows en de beste DJ’s!

Tijd: Van 21.00 t/m 04.00 uur

Plaats: Event Center Fokker

Muziek: Salsa, Bachata en Kizomba (3 aparte zalen)

Event:

Donderdag 23 mei:

Eerste danslessen van de nieuwe combi cursus salsa & bachata dansen bij Happy Salsa!

Docenten: Amanda & Sederick

Tijden: Intermediate+       van 19.00 t/m 20.00 uur

           Gevorderden       van 20.00 t/m 21.00 uur

           Gevorderden +++ van 21.00 t/m 22.00 uur

Plaats: Divino Sports in Den Helder

Voor meer info en voor het inschrijven: https://happysalsa.nl/inschrijven/

Zaterdag 25 mei:

OPEN AVOND van salsa dansschool Latin Club Fiesta! Met GRATIS PROEFLESSEN Salsa & Bachata dansen voor absolute beginners t/m de meer gevorderde dansers…

… en met leuke dansdemonstraties!

Docenten: Randolph, Sabine, Cinnamon, Chanty, Dave & Sederick

Tijd: Van 20.00 t/m 22.00 uur

Plaats: Kokonoches Latincafe, Haarlem.

Entree: GRATIS!

Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/244612856212481/

Zo! Het is weer een drukke maand met ontzettend veel leuke activiteiten. Ik hoop dat we elkaar zien bij 1 (of bij meerdere) van deze dansactiviteiten. Hou mijn Super Salsa Youtube kanaal en mijn andere social media portals in de gaten voor leuke inhoud zoals deze:

Geef een like, laat een commentaar achter en deel het als je wilt.

Bij voorbaat dank! 🙂

Y que viva la salsa!

Groetjes van de salsa klompjes,

Sederick

Janet Jackson Made For Now Zouk and Salsa Dance!

A couple of days ago, the following clip appeared on my YouTube feed. Two of my favourite music artists of all time – Janet Jackson and Daddy Yankee –  performed together live at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Their newest hit: ‘Made For Now’!

My first reaction after seeing this clip was: ‘No way this is happening! This is just TOO AWESOME to be true!’ But it IS true! As an eclectic afro latin dance instructor and entertainer from Dutch Caribbean descent, I myself was – and still am – in awe with the jaw dropping performance. My second thought: ‘Wakanda Forever! Not only the intro of the African percussionists, but the whole stage performance in that clip has a Black Panther movie feel to it. If you want to ‘get’ where I’m coming from, just read the (political) thoughts I had after seeing this now iconic Marvel superhero movie.

https://www.supersalsa.nl/2018/02/15/black-panther-movie-slavery-and-salsa/

I started dancing as a teenager in the 80’s on the island of Curacao, which is a Dutch colony nearby the island of Aruba. At that time, Janet Jackson’s music and dancing were not only very inspirational to us all, but especially the lyrics of her songs gave us the drive and the will to dance and live by Jackson’s standards. The following article in Dutch describes my first experience with dance competitions on the island, featuring Janet Jackson!

https://www.supersalsa.nl/2018/03/29/mijn-eerste-wedstrijd-danservaring/

The Official Clip and Sensual Zouk Dance

Having the song on repeat, I noticed some very familiar sounds. There was just something about the song that made me go like: ‘I recognise elements from some other songs and musical genres, but I can’t put my finger on them… yet’. It took me 3 days to figure it all out. First, the feel of the song reminds me a lot of Lionel Richie’s hit ‘All Night Long’. That goes for the 3 word soft sung chorus. The guitar play is from Senegalese music, well known from Paul Simon’s repertoire. The latin superstar from the Dominican Republic Juan Luis Guerra y su 440’s merengue song ‘A Pedir Su Mano’, which – coincidentally – starts and ends with African chanting, brought merengue from rural to classical and back to it’s African origins. And – like ‘Made for Now’ –  it also promotes racial and cultural diversity.

The poly-rhythm of ‘Made For Now’ has a distinctive Haitian/French Antillean zouk music at it’s very core. That’s why the best partnering dance which is perfect to include in this clip is the Brazilian zouk dance. It’s direct predecessor – the Brazilian lambada, is a combination of the ancient carimbo and the more modern forro dance, which was introduced in the 80’s as a new dance craze for the yearly carnival festivities in Bahia (Brazil). Lambada music was made internationally known when a group of clever businessmen from France went to Brazil, bought the rights of hundreds of songs and started the band Kaoma, which had a mega-hit with the song ‘Dansandu Lambada’ (1993).

The French-Antillean zouk music, which Brazilian dancers and instructors had chosen to replace the dying lambada with, started to gain worldwide popularity when artists such as Kevin Lyttle started to mix the sensual and slow zouk with R&B music, thus creating what we now call ‘Zouk Love’ music. Dance wise, the Brazilian born Claudio Gomes started to teach lambada dancing in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in the early 90’s. After the lambada dance craze subsided, Claudio then proceeded to create a hybrid dance form by mixing the popular salsa dancing with lambada dance moves. I call this unique salsa dance style ‘zouk salsa’. Watch the following salsa dance instructional video of Claudio Gomes which was produced in the mid 90’s. From the 26.18 mark onward, he and his dance partner also demo the Brazilian zouk dance.

The Brazilians then chose the sweet French Caribbean zouk music to continue their dancing because they had lost their right to dance to their own music. It was forbidden for DJ’s to play it at the clubs. Nowadays, the partnering dance we call Brazilian zouk is one of the most versatile, adaptive and eclectic partnering dance styles there is. Zouk dancers dance on all kinds of music. From kizomba music, electronic beats, to reggaetón: if the dancers can dance to it, they will! Subsequently, there exists many sub genres of the zouk dance with contemporary zouk being one of the most popular dance styles in 2018.

Brazilian zouk is danced in Brazil (of course), The Netherlands, Australia, The U.K., Spain, U.S.A., Israel, Belgium, Zwitserland, Japan, Thailand, Germany, Poland, France, Portugal, and in Denmark. Claudio left to his beloved Brazil. Luckily for the Dutch, other great zouk teachers emerged such as Gert Faber and Remy Vermunt. One of Holland’s most prominent international zouk dance teachers is Pasty from Curacao. Check him out in this clip of a contemporary zouk dance together with Hilde from Norway! 🙂

The sensual Brazilian zouk dance is truly the hallmark of eclectic partnering dancing!

Daddy Yankee and Janet Jackson connected by Eclecticism and Reggaetón

Raymond Ayala, aka Daddy Yankee, “El Cangri” or “The Big Boss” has sold millions and received a staggering 105 (!) awards. The pioneering latin music artist created eclectic sounds which became extremely popular. Who doesn’t remember his reggaetón mega hit ‘Gasolina’ ? This song is credited with making reggaetón a worldwide phenomenon.

And Daddy Yankee’s 2018 hit ‘Dura’ is still dominating the (latin) music charts at this very moment. How eclectic is Daddy Yankee, you ask? Now, let’s see. For his album ‘Mundial’ (2010) he blended bachata, soca, vallenato, cumbia, dancehall, merengue with reggaetón, electronic music and hip hop! And Daddy Yankee never stopped searching for new musical horizons.  So, I think it’s not a question of ‘if’, but rather ‘when’ these two megastars would join forces. And the answer is..

NOW

Janet Jackson said in a recent interview that she grew up listening to many musical genres, including latin music. The grammy award winning artist told the example of her listening to reaggaetón music together with her bodyguard, which she has had for 22 years. Now, these two icons came together to deliver one of the most catchy songs of 2018.

You haven’t bought ‘Made For Now’ yet? Well, that’s the first thing you’ll have to do after reading this article. Put it on repeat. Ask every afro latin dance teacher you know to play this song at their salsa, kizomba or zouk dance classes. Ask every DJ to play ‘Made For Now’ at the parties. And keep it’s message of positivity & love deep within your heart.

I know I’ll be playing ‘Made For Now’ A LOT (!) at my salsa dance workshops. Will YOU?

If so, let me know how it went! 🙂

Peace and love.

 

 

The Long Queue at Summer Breeze Open Air Salsa Dancing

This is the second part of the exclusive interview I had with Mimo Argam in 2010  in which he reminisced on the prior 15 years of his Summer Breeze Salsa parties. We continue with Mimo being forced to stop his activities quite abruptly in the Vondelpark in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After the interview I also comment on my personal experience in ‘The Queue’. At the end there’s a special announcement from Mimo himself!

We continue with the interview at the point when Mimo commented on the reasons and the conditions of his departure from the Vondelpark, “Five years ago (in 2005), Roel Veldhorst past away and the ‘Uitmarkt’ – a professional theatrical events company – took over the organisation of the events held in the open theatre of the Vondelpark. They told me that there was no room for  Salsa in their program because – in their own words – “Salsa is not Theatre”. The disillusioned Salsa party organiser continues, “The Uitmarkt also cancelled the highly successful children’s program held on Wednesdays, and they managed to stop a much loved snack bar after 25 years of service to the public. Uitmarkt struck a deal with a large beer company who took over all of the catering activities around the open theatre. But, I do not hold a grudge.”

I asked Argam about his time at the Westergas terrace. He said, “I have been working together with the organisation of the Westergas terrace from the moment I stopped at the Vondelpark.. The location was still being rebuilt when I started with my Salsa dance activities. They have been very kind to me, and they also gave me a free hand in doing things. Westergas made it possible for me to organise the big Fania Salsa parties and create extra options like an extra dance floor outside the building with extra DJ equipment.”

Contrary to common believe,the free Salsa party organiser of Moroccan descent does take some time to rest once in a while. His quotes are “Be humble, be honest, enjoy freedom and dance for your freedom”. Also, “Everything works if we work together,” and “Something has to be done right or not done at all!”

End of the interview.

Now we fast forward 8 years into the future…

The Happiest Queue Ever!

On May 31st, 2018, I had given a wedding dance class and rushed to the Westergas terrace for the kick off of the 13th edition of Summer Breeze Latin Party. On arrival at around 10.30 PM I discovered a very long queue! I had never seen this before at a salsa party. But instead of getting angry I decided to enjoy the experience. It was a great feeling to ponder and realise how far Mimo has progressed from the little group of salsa students that went to the Vondelpark to practice salsa now 23 years ago. The feeling of pride and wonder didn’t take my urge away to enter ASAP though. So, a friend and I went together to the entrance and see if there was a way for us to get in fast. There was NONE! Not even Rinio Artist could get us inside. There was a sweet lady who gave me a coin for ice cream and told me to show it to the security as proof that I had already been inside. I didn’t do it. The security got strict orders to not let anyone else go inside because the venue was too full with people!

Summer Breeze Outside, May 31st 2018

 

Around 23.30 hrs – after about an hour waiting, dancing, singing, interviewing people and talking to others who were already inside – we finally got in.

The only difference with the past years of Summer Breeze is the fact that all of us are now required to pay an entrance fee of only 5 euros after 8.30 PM. This is needed to pay for the extra expenses for security and other highly necessary measures and necessities.

But I can tell you this: It was worth the wait! And every euro penny was very well spent 🙂

A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Mimo (FINALLY) decided to start with salsa dancing much earlier than normal at this Thursday’s edition of Summer Breeze (June 14th). The salsa will now start at 7 PM (19:00 hrs) as an experiment. Mimo is answering to the plead of many salsa dancers who requested for them to be able to start dancing salsa early in the evening.

This first ‘Early Salsa Summer Breeze’ will be powered by DJ Rick and DJ Willy!

And remember: The entrance is FREE from 7 ‘till 8.30 PM!!!

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/163614970961295

Bruce Lee and Merengue Dance

What does Bruce Lee have to do with the boring merengue dance? Why has merengue caused a salsa recession in the 80’s? What kind of influence did merengue have on the evolution of bachata and salsa? And  what is this ‘merengue show dance’?

Let’s delve into the virtual rabbit hole and follow the merengue breadcrumbs, shall we?

Kung Fu Merengue Dancing

At the beginning of the 80’s, a merengue band called Los Kenton did something very unique at the time. The Kenton brothers mixed merengue dancing with Shaolin Kung Fu (martial arts) to create a new way to dance merengue on stage. Singing whilst dancing short merengue dance choreographies became a new dance rage called the ‘Kentomania’. As the Kentomania spread along the whole of Latin America, many bands felt compelled to follow their act.

There was another element which precipitated this success: the popularisation of the video recorder. Because of that, people could practice the dance steps they saw the bands display on television and practice them at home. This way they could dance together with their favourite artists when performing live. These small choreographs were consequently copied, put on sequences and then performed by teenagers in merengue show teams. And that’s how I started my Afro Latin dance career dancing in 1983/1984: With merengue show dancing on the beautiful island of Curacao!

Merengue caused the Salsa Recession!

Bands such as the pioneering Johnny Ventura, Fernandito Villalona, Wilfrido Vargaz, the New York Band and Juan Luis Guerra y su 440 were dominating the international Latin music charts. From Santo Domingo to New York city: merengue set the pace. This ‘merengue overflow’ had a bad side effect for Fania Records and other smaller salsa music labels: their sales dropped dramatically! Bachata musicians started to speed up their ‘musica del amargue’ and put merengue on their bachata albums in order for them to sell more records. At the end of the 80’s and at the beginning of the 90’s, salsa music got a new boost because from artists such as Marc Anthony, Issac Delgado and Eddie Santiago who took the main theme of the popular ‘telenovelas’ ( = televised soap opera’s) & popular ballads and remixed them into salsa versions. Thus, Salsa Romantica was born.

Example: Ilan Chester’s original version of ‘Palabras del Alma’ ( = Words from the Soul).

And now Marc Anthony’s salsa version:

So, what happened to Merengue Show dancing?

The music was first converted to Merengue Hip Hop by bands such as Proyecto Uno and Sandy y Papo. The popular reggaeton swallowed up merengue, and merengue continues to be a trans-formative force in (Dominican) bachata music. Elvis Crespo made house versions of popular merengue songs. Merengue has also been integrated in other mainstream Latin house music.

As for the dance: The merengue show dance died because of the following facts:

  1. The dance was never intended to be danced in show teams. This has mainly to do with the repetitive nature of the small choreographies.
  2. The merengue partnering has never been fully developed in the way salsa partnering has.
  3. The original salsa dance teachers were folkloric dancers. Modern merengue dancing was not a part of their folklore.
  4. Many of us – merengue show dancers – only use(d) merengue as a means to teach the budding salsero students basic partnering dance techniques and body movements.
  5. Merengue dancing has never been a part of the international (salsa) dance congresses or festivals. It’s only used sometimes as a warming up by international bachata dance artists such as Jorjet Alcocer.

Today, many merengue dance steps (or variations thereof) can be seen in Dominican bachata, in Zumba and in animation dance routines.

El Nergito Del Batey

I’m very glad I had the honour to start my dance career with merengue dancing. I also danced merengue in the first Dutch semi professional Afro Latin dance team Euro Latinos. 20 years ago (on October 30, 1997) I started teaching salsa. All of that was only possible because of merengue 🙂

On June 1st 2018, the ‘King of Merengue’ José Tamárez Mateo – better known as Joseito Mateo – passed away. I wrote this article to honour him and the music with which he gave a lot of joy to millions of ‘merengue afficionados’ just like yours truly.

Fun fact: Bruce Lee was also the 1958 Cha Cha Cha Dance Champion of Hong Kong. Maybe the Kenton brothers got their inspiration from this fact about their hero?

Que Viva El Merengue!