NK Salsa Kampioenen 2018

Succes na NK Salsa Dansen 2018!

Naast mooie trofeeën, liefde en erkenning kunnen de Nationale Kampioenschappen Salsa dansen veel voor de deelnemers betekenen. Lees en beoordeel zelf. Super Salsa presenteert:

De winnaars van de Nationale Kampioenschappen Salsa dansen van 2018!

In de categorie ‘Master On1’: Lady Setlight en Warvin!

Warvin & Lady

Lady Setlight: “Hi Sederick! Hoe is het met je? Met mij/ons gaat alles goed. Warvin en ik allebei druk met onze eigen dingen. Warvin en ik zijn nog steeds super goed bevriend, maar geven niet meer samen les helaas. Warvin is in zijn privé erg druk.”

Sederick: Wat beschouw je het hoogtepunt van je carrière na het winnen van het NK Salsa 2018?

Lady: “Denk voor mij, het dansen bij Oscar D’Leon was voor mij wel een van de grootste highlights in m’n salsa-leven. The King of Salsa en Legend.

Sederick: En verder?

Lady: “Zelf dus het opzetten van een eigen dansschool is iets, wat mede na het behalen van de kampioenschappen, mensen getriggerd heeft om ons ervan te overtuigen om een dansschool te starten. Er bleek oprecht animo voor te zijn, om van Warvin en mij les te krijgen.”

“Misschien dat ik samen met Degoor Pinto Torres en Joanna Noah op 6 mei ook bij Jerry Rivera zal optreden. Ook een grote naam in de salsa-scène.”

In de categorie ‘Salsa Solo’: Joanna Noah!

Joanna

Joanna heeft sinds haar overwinning:


– Diverse optredens en boekingen gehad in Nederland,
– Demo’s geven op de grootste luxury beurs van Europa,
– 2 keer solo optredens gegeven bij ‘Salsamania Saturdays’ in New York (V.S.),
– Gedanst op het podium naast Oscar D’ Leon,
– Het 2de plek behaald op de Duitse Salsa Danskampioenschappen ,
– Meegedaan aan de grootste salsa danswedstrijd ter wereld, de World Salsa Summit in Miami (V.S.)

In de categorie ‘Master on2’: Wietske Welten en Melvin de Laat!

Wietske & Melvin

Melvin:

“Ik zal de vragen even op een rijtje beantwoorden:

– Sinds het NK zijn er meerdere deuren voor ons open gegaan. Wietske is bij het fantastische Glam Mambo project terecht gekomen, ik ben zelf een nieuw partnerschap aangegaan met jurylid Tania Martinez (première in mei!).

– Ook ben ik terecht gekomen in de film Verliefd op Cuba.

– Veel optredens gehad, waaronder het prachtige Holland Salsa Bachata Beach Festival in Scheveningen, en pas geleden Mambo Duketown in Rosmalen.

– Ik heb er zakelijk gezien meer uit weten te halen met een aanzienlijke groei in privélessen en huwelijkskoppels.

-Wij hebben dit jaar besloten om niet samen mee te doen met het NK Salsa 2019.

-Wietske gaat hoogstwaarschijnlijk wel solo voor de titel!

En tevens gelijk een primeur voor je:

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Sinds het NK afgelopen jaar, zijn wij beiden terecht gekomen in het nieuwe showteam “Aguila” onder leiding van Mechteld Sterk en Kurt Alexander! Hier kun je nog heel veel moois van gaan verwachten!

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Wietske en ik zijn trouwens wel nog steeds samen actief met de show en beschikbaar voor boekingen, mochten mensen erom vragen. Wil niet overkomen alsof we gestopt zijn als koppel. ”

Salsa Bootcamp van Melvin de Laat.! De volgende editie is op 16 februari! https://www.facebook.com/events/1292399237564564/

In de categorie ‘Cubaans’: Rachel Gelderblom en Nick Icin!

V.l.n.r: Nick, Rachel, Roy, Adana & Ian-Enocencio

Rachel zegt:

“Hey Sederick, het gaat zeker goed met ons. We wonen sinds drie maanden in Doorn – dus lekker centraal – en gaan dus regelmatig naar leuke cuban parties in Amsterdam en Leiden, etc. We zitten sinds begin dit jaar weer lekker in onze dans flow, dus we gaan zeker weer meedoen met het NK. Vooral omdat het een leuke ervaring is, om een doel/uitdaging te hebben en ergens naar toe te werken, maar ook om Timba te promoten. We hebben twee keer gewonnen en ook al waren er weinig of geen tegenstanders heeft het ons een salsa boost gegeven. We hebben ook meer bekendheid gekregen en zijn sindsdien meer gevraagd om shows, workshops en bootcamps te geven. We hebben na het NK Salsa 2017 ons eigen schooltje opgezet: Nueva Risa, en zijn doorgegaan met lessen geven.

We zijn in augustus 2017 ook eindelijk naar Cuba geweest om de echt ‘Cuban Flavour’ te proeven. Doordat ons netwerk groter is geworden zijn we o.a. gevraagd om in de film ‘Verliefd op Cuba’ te dansen.”

“We hebben ook op leuke evenementen gedanst zoals op Dias Latinos (we moesten auditie doen) en Latin Dance Night.”

ZO! Dat is dus een HELE HOOP, vind je niet? Dit alles – en nog VEEL MEER – kun JIJ ook beleven door het meedoen aan het NK Salsa 2019!

Dus.. Waar wacht je op? Zoek een danspartner en schrijf je in voor 1 van de voorrondes. En wie weet zien we elkaar tijdens de finale op 18 mei in Uithoorn! De eerstvolgende voorronde van het NK Salsa 2019 vindt plaats in Emmen bij Salsa Emmen op zondag 24 februari!

https://www.facebook.com/events/308234559889149/

Mijn grote dank aan al deze kanjers voor hun medewerking 🙂

TOETJE!

Een compilatie video van de Eerste Open lucht Kampioenschap Salsa Dansen in Zandvoort, 1995. Kijk of je (oude) bekenden kunt spotten 😉

1ste Nationale Salsa Danswedstrijd 1995
Super Salsa Spinning Techniques

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.

 

 

Sederick's Oldest Dance Picture

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!