Super Mario and the Chanty Salsa Dance Move

Last Saturday, February 16th 2019, I joined a salsa dance bootcamp of Super Mario, which was organized by DJ Bripa ‘El Loco’ at Event Center Fokker in The Netherlands. It was great seeing the legendary ‘Million Moves Man’ in action and learning from him again after so many years.

Mario’s workshop was very educational and entertaining at the same time. Hallmarks of a true salsa dance icon. His flawless combination of humor, superior teaching skills and tantalizing new dance techniques kept us all wanting for more. It felt like standing in a bakery and eating all the pastry you love without any remorse!  And Cinnamon van den Aakster – a teacher at Latin Club Fiesta and also the Dutch Salsa Dance Champion of 2016 – assisted him perfectly!

Evolution by Popularity

Mario Hazarika is one of the few dancers who radically changed the way salsa has been danced from the early 2000’s up to this day. The ‘Million Moves Man’ introduced many rules and technicalities for modern salsa dancing into the international salsa dance community such as:

  • The ‘8 count rule’: The hand of the follow stays where the lead puts it on the follow’s body, usually on the lower back of the follow whilst turning and/or spinning. If nothing happens after 8 beats, then the follow may use that hand as he or she pleases,
  • Many of the so called ‘Hand Shines’,
  • Hand Flicks, Hand Drops & Catches,
  • The ‘Hand Slides’, ‘Clicks’ and the ‘Gravity Rule’ for the follow are directly responsible for the fast paced & Cuban looking armstylings which have become very popular since the last couple of years,
  • The ‘Sticky Hand Rule’: If the lead puts the hand of the follow on his or her body, then that hand stays there until the lead grabs the hand, or lose contact in which case the ‘Gravity Rule’ applies,
  • Etcetera.

By first inventing and then teaching these new rules & dance techniques in London, Super Mario has helped to create a new style of dancing called ‘London Style Salsa’ at the end of the 90’s. From there on, Super Mario’s brand of salsa spread like wildfire across the planet. His instructional salsa dance DVD’s have not only changed L.A. Style salsa on1, but they also changed the way in which the Eddie Torres Mambo on2 is being danced. Furthermore, many of these dance techniques have been adopted into the Bachata Moderna and – in some extend – into the Bachata Sensual as well.

Click on the following link to buy Super Mario’s DVD’s. I highly recommend them!

So, in contrast to Ballroom and Latin dance, the evolution of salsa has been driven by popularity, and not so through rulings being dictated by a committee or an organization . ‘Inventor Dance Instructors’ such as Eddie Torres, Super Mario, Ismael Otero, Edie ‘The Salsa Freak’, Leon Rose, Susana Montero, Adolfo Indacochea, Fernando Sosa and the Vazquez brothers (just to name a few) play the drums to which the international salsa scene has been responding to accordingly. Until a couple of years ago, that is. Now the popularity of YouTube videos with the most hits are slowly starting to dominate and change the Afro Latin Dance market. Just take a look at the explosive growth of sensual bachata and kizomba in the last 5 to 10 years.

Now listen to what Super Mario himself has to say about all of this:


During the bootcamp, Super Mario taught us two variations of a salsa dance move which are danced over 2 bars (16 counts). A Cross Body Inside Turn followed by a 360 is a good example of a (semi) standard 16 count salsa dance technique. But these moves Super Mario taught us last Saturday were entirely new dance moves for a lot of us. And Super Mario also told us he was playing more with 16 count moves.

Very exciting stuff! 🙂

Chanty Jacobs, an assistant for salsa school Latin Club Fiesta who teaches together with me on Mondays at the Event Center Fokker was also following Super Mario’s bootcamp at the time. She was standing across the room. As soon as Mario explained the first variation of his 16 count move, I started to lip sync yell ‘Chanty Move!’ Chanty Move!’ towards Chanty. But she didn’t understand what I meant. I think she thought I ment she should move from there 🙂

What was I trying to explain to her anyway?

Next to her assisting me, I’m also training Chanty ‘on the job’ to become a salsa dance instructor. On Monday, December 3rd 2018, I gave Chanty a surprise assignment: collect the dance techniques which the students would suggest to her and turn those dance moves into a turn pattern on the spot. The students did not comply. So, Chanty decided to create a dance technique on her own. She did it in a couple of seconds. I tested it with her, we polished it together, and voila: the Chanty Salsa Dance Move was born!

The Chanty Move is also a 16 count salsa dance move. That’s why I got so excited. Because Super Mario had just confirmed Chanty was thinking in the right direction.

See the Chanty Salsa Dance Move for yourself!

I have also created some variations to the Chanty Move for myself and taught these to my salsa students on Fridays for Latin Club Fiesta (Haarlem), on Wednesdays for salsa school Sizzling Salsa (Alkmaar) and for my students at salsa school Happy Salsa (Den Helder). All these salsa dance students know the Chanty Move by now.

With your help we can elevate the Chanty Move from a local dance move to an international salsa dance technique. Yes, you who’s reading this! Here is a link to the version of the Chanty Move on Facebook:

#new #salsatechnique #chantymove #latinclubfiesta #supersalsa #inventor #innovator

Posted by Sederick Blommestijn – Short on Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Will you help us by sharing this article, the Chanty Move YouTube video and/or the Chanty Move Facebook Video? You can also see it on my supersalsa8 Instagram account. Thank you very much in advance for sharing and spreading the love for salsa 🙂  

And make sure you buy some of Super Mario’s Dance DVD’s. You can also like the Super Mario Salsa Fans Page and check it out regularly for all of his workshops and bootcamps. Just click on the link below.

Que Viva La Salsa!

Super Salsa Nieuwsbrief Februari 2019

Nieuwsbrief Februari 2019

Hallo lezer,

Dit is alweer mijn tweede nieuwsbrief van het jaar 2019!

Op maandagavond 28 januari is de populaire bachata zanger Yoskar Sarante overleden aan een ademstilstand. Je kunt meer hierover lezen op de volgende link:

R.I.P. Yoskar Sarante

Op 30 januari is Sabine Grol – mede eigenaar van de salsa dansschool Latin Club Fiesta (samen met Randolph Brion) – bevallen van een gezonde dochter genaamd Sierra Noella Brion. De kleine meid en mama maken het goed. En de kersverse papa Randolph is natuurlijk helemaal in de wolken 🙂

Van harte gefeliciteerd!

Vrijdag 1 februari:

Salsa Social ‘Valentine Edition van dansschool Latin Club Fiesta!

Van: 22.30 t/m 01.00 uur,

Plaats: Kokonoches Latincafe, Haarlem

Smaken: Salsa en Bachata met een vleugje Kizomba.

Entree: GRATIS!

Zaterdag 2 februari:

De eerste voorronde van de Nationale Kampioenschap 2019 wordt voor het 3de jaar georganiseerd door salsa dansschool Sizzling Salsa. Deze vindt dan plaats gedurende de Salsa City Party.

Tijd: Van 20.00 t/m 01.00 uur.

Plaats: De Bruijn-Bonel in Alkmaar.

Entreegeld: 3,50 euro, inclusief 1 consumptie.

Deelnemers aan de wedstrijd betalen hun inschrijfgeld aan Salsa Belang en hebben daarmee ook gratis entree voor de hele avond.

Een video met uitleg van Annetje Riel over de nieuwe opzet van het NK Salsa met daarbij een leuke verrassing voor heel salsa dansend Nederland!

Dinsdag 5 februari:

2 salsa dansworkshops aan middelbare scholieren voor Cross Your Borders.

Docent: Sederick

Tijd: Van 09.45 t/m 12.00 uur.

Plaats Het Calandlyceum in Amsterdam.

Alleen voor deelnemers van de school.

Zaterdag 9 februari:

Bachata Fusion dansworkshop georganiseerd door Sizzling Salsa!

Docenten: Marlies en Sederick

Tijd: Van 13.30 t/m 15.00 uur.

Plaats: Dansstudio Grapelli in Alkmaar.

Kosten: 20,- euro per persoon, contant af te rekenen op de dag zelf.

Aanmelden: via

Dinsdag 12 februari:

Training Merengue Dans Syllabus samen met Marlies.

Tijd en locatie: GEHEIM 🙂

Donderdag 14 februari:

2 salsa dansworkshops aan middelbare scholieren voor Cross Your Borders.

Docent: Sederick

Tijd: Van 09.45 t/m 12.00 uur.

Plaats Het Segbroek College in Den Haag.

Alleen voor deelnemers van de school.

Zaterdag 16 februari:

Mini Salsa Bootcamp door Super Mario (London) georganiseerd door Fiesta Deluxe, Bachata Partylovers en DJ Bripa ‘El Loco’!  

Super Mario is 1 van de salsa dansiconen die de hele internationale salsa dans scene heeft getransformeerd. Deze ‘Million Moves Man’ is o.a. de bedenker van de meeste ‘arm & hand shines’ zoals de ‘lady hand flicks en ‘drop & catch’. Ik ken hem al vanaf 1999 en hij is 1 van mijn salsa dans helden!

Super Mario Sociaal Salsa dansen

Deze bootcamp wil je ZEKER NIET MISSEN!!!  

Docent: Mario Hazarika

Tijd: Van 15.00 t/m 18.30 uur.

Plaats: Event Center Fokker in Hoofddorp.

Kosten: 40,- euro voor alleen de bootcamp, en 50,- voor de bootcamp + Fiesta Deluxe party. Bestellen:


Dinsdag 19 februari:

1 salsa dansworkshop aan middelbare scholieren voor Cross Your Borders.

Docent: Sederick

Tijd: Van 09.45 t/m 10.45 uur.

Plaats Het Segbroek College in Den Haag.

Alleen voor deelnemers van de school.

Zondag 24 februari:

Salsa workshop aan Vrijgezellenclub in cafe ‘De Lange Heer’, Haarlem!

Een spetterende merengue en salsa dansworkshop voor een groep van vrijgezelle dames en heren die samen verschillende activiteiten ondernemen.

Docent: Sederick

Tijd: Van 19.00 t/m 20.00 uur.

Plaats: Cafe ‘De Lange Heer’ in Haarlem.

Alleen voor leden van de vrijgezellenclub.

Woensdag 27 februari:

De eerste gevorderde salsa en intermediate bachata fusion danslessen van het nieuwe dansseizoen voor Sizzling Salsa!


– LA Style Salsa on1 Gevorderd 1, van 19.15 t/m 20.15 uur,

– LA Style Salsa on1 Gevorderd 2, van 20.15 t/m 21.15 uur,

– Bachata Fusion vanaf Intermediate, van 21.15 t/m 22.15 uur.

Inschrijving is OPEN!

Naast al deze activiteiten geef ik ‘gewoon’ nog salsa en bachata danslessen voor:

  • Latin Club Fiesta op de maandagavonden (Fokker, Hoofddorp) en op de vrijdagavonden (Kokonoches, Haarlem),
  • Sizzling Salsa op de woensdagavonden (Podium Victorie, Alkmaar),
  • Happy Salsa op de donderdagavonden (Divino Sport, Den Helder).

En? Gaat het nog steeds goed met je goede voornemens van dit jaar? Met mij wel. Alleen dat ‘op tijd slapen’ wil nog steeds niet helemaal lukken…

Weer veel leuke activiteiten om uit te kiezen als je goede voornemen is om veel te (blijven) dansen. Hopelijk zien we elkaar snel op de dansvloer 🙂

Groetjes, y que viva la salsa, el merengue y la bachata!