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!

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 🙂


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!!!


#sbbf 2018 A Life Changing Dance Experience

The visionary Eric Lalta and Liduina Aruma Handi Lovert of Fantasia Entertainment took the Salsa Bachata Beach Festival over from Mordechay Krispijn. There were doubts. There was fear. There was a lot of stress. But, because of pure will, determination and a lot of creativity they and their fabulous team put on a dance festival like no other here in the Netherlands!

Friday, May 18th: Highlights

Eric en Liduina’s production: Man! That was mind-blowing.!Where do I start? No. Or yes. The animation team. They created a great atmosphere dressed up in crazy beach wear and making all the guests feel very welcome. The music, the props, the lighting… Everything was done in a way that you as an audience felt like you were part of a colossal theatrical production. And, in a way, we were.

Farid as MC: Fabulous, and a little bit #metoo proof. Just a hint of it though, LOL. Being a budding MC myself I have a lot of respect for him and his multi-talent-hood. I already saw Farid in action at the Haarlem Salsa Festival in 2012. But here he was better. Doing your work while getting instructions from someone else can be daunting. But nothing seems to disturb him. A true professional! Our local hero of the Mayari podcast Tim Alberto was his fellow MC on stage. It was great to have someone of ‘our own team’ hosting the evening.

The first BachatArt Dutch Bachata Dance Competition was a complete success. The winners  were all well deserved. I have only one complaint regarding the competition: it was mainly a ‘ Bachata Passion Family affair’ because of the lack of competitors. In this interview held in Dutch the winning couple Joy and Remy asks all bachata dancers in the Netherlands to join them next year and compete for the highest honour! Congratz to all the winners, finalists and especially to BP’s own Geno & Steffie for doing such an amazing job of promoting bachata dancing in the Netherlands and abroad.

The showcase: Awesometacular! I especially was very impressed with the dexterity displayed by the world bachata champion Belen during her warming up 😉 

World Bachata Champion Belen warming up nbefore her performance at the Holland Salsa Bachata Beach Festival 2018


Downer: People started to buy tickets on the same day as the party was planned. So the production team didn’t have a clue in advance on how the turnout would be. It was better than any of them had  expected, though! But I would like to urge all dancers attending a festival (or a party of the festival) to please buy your tickets well in advance. That way you’ll help the organizers to keep their stress levels on the low side 😉 I only enjoyed the last 15 minutes of the party. But it was a very well spent 15 minutes! And I also had Saturday to look forward too.

After the party the team had a meeting which I also attended. I went to sleep around 04.45 AM.

Saturday, May 19th: The Best EVER!!!!

I stood at 9.00 AM sharp at the office door to prepare myself for the business seminar. The weekend before that I had the honour of being the co MC at the Dutch Salsa Dance Championships. Eric and Liduina did the whole production of the dance competition, so I thought I had a pretty good idea of what they would be doing this Saturday. In retrospect it’s safe to say I didn’t have a clue of what was coming!

The workshops: I followed 2 workshops. The first was one was an excellent Dominican bachata footwork and partnering by the friendly couple Bhavin and Soonruta from India. They have very solid didactic skills. I learned some new tricks from them which I will implement in my salsa classes. After that I followed a workshop by Rodrigo and Bersy. THAT WAS AWESOME!!!! I made this video at the end of the workshop, when the two superstars just started to teach us a salsa musicality class like none that I have ever witnessed before! My apologies for my bad singing, though. Or better yet: I don’t apologise for it. Because everyone should be allowed to sing without fear of being (mis)judged. And the same goes for how we choose to dance as well 🙂

The first Afro Latin Business Seminar: Several Dutch and international afro latin dance teachers, dance school owners, performers, a DJ, photographers, festival organizers and musicians came together to meet and talk about themes having to do with the whole afro latin dance and music scene in the Netherlands. The goal is to learn from each other and to grow together. Eric explained that this was the first of many more seminars to come. His ultimate objective is to organise a ‘Latin Music & Dance Summit’  in the near future. The first one will be held in the Netherlands. After that there will be many more summits in other countries worldwide. During the Summit there will be:

  1. Seminars and Dance Teacher’’s Training,
  2. The afro latin EXPO which is a free market place, and
  3. The Afro Latin Music & Dance Awards. This will be based on the community and the awards will be given by the community. This means that someone who has had a great contribution in the development of his or her own area of expertise will be chosen by his or her peers to be rewarded with the award. You can compare it with the Oscars.

We discussed some themes which I can’t (and won’t) tell you about. The meetings are private and by personal invitation only.

A seed has been planted… 

My wife Linda: This Sunday my lovely wife Linda and I will celebrate our 2 years of marriage to each other. We decided to have an early celebration at the festival which started with having a nice dinner at the Kurhaus hotel. After that it was time for…  

The Gala Party! Here follows some general impressions: The animation team. Sound and light effects. The Dutch Salsa and Bachata Champions performing. The Bachata World Champions. Singing on stage. The combination of Bachata Passion’s own Meike on the piano and Orvill Small crumping the beejeezus out of it. My wife’s admiration for the raw power being displayed on stage by half naked men with their bodies chiseled in stone. Rodrigo and Bersy: OEF!!! DJ Andre Holland was killin’ it!  The flying shark!!! OMG! The Flying Shark!!! The animation from up stage with all the twerking and many more ‘nasty’ things… The Big Exploding Balloons!!! Did I already mention the crazy animation team?

Talking about ‘crazy’…

Crazy Pianos!: After the party ended  went to the Crazy Pianos bar. It is definitely NOT a Latin club! The regular folks there didn’t know what hit them when all of us dancers invaded ‘their’ turf on the beach. I understand from Eric that the management arranged with them for only 1 hour of Latin music. Gato Gabriel came on the piano and sang some songs. Farid also climbed on a piano. And then more people followed with crazy acts.    

Linda and I were standing in the middle of the room next to a small podium. People around us kept asking us to get on it, so we did just that. And danced like there was no tomorrow! The best part was when we were leaving. I just wanted to say goodbye to the crew, but I ended up dancing a ‘speed rueda de casino’ in front of the pianos! We left around 3.30 AM. But the rest continued to party ‘till 5 o’ clock..

.. with afro latin music!

Sunday, May 20th: Romance on the Beach

Linda and I hadn’t planned to attend the beach party, because we had planned to leave early in order for us to spend the Sunday together with our 2 little kids. After brunch on the beach we went to where the party was to say our goodbyes. We danced a little bit. Then I went to try out the Surf Simulator. It went quite well if I say so myself. The secret is in the hip movements. But then we heard Juan Luis Guerra’s bachata song ‘Bachata en Fukuoka’. It’s one of our favourite songs. We hadn’t heard or danced to it in quite a while, so we ran together on the sand towards that little improvised dance floor on the beach to finally do ‘our thing’. Look at the video clip, which stars the Golden Ratio as a time travelling object. I emulate the dance couple’s ‘dancing in the air’ by lifting Linda up and turning her around with her arms up in the air. It was nice to end this wonderful weekend on such a romantic note. And especially because Linda and I met each other for the first time almost 7 years ago at a salsa party which was also held on the beach 🙂

I would like to thank Desiree, all of the ambassadors, the crew, the event photographers, the DJ’s, the kind and professional staff of the Kurhaus hotel, the artists, the competitors, the afro latin experts who attended the business seminar, the dancers who followed the workshops and/or danced at the parties, and everyone else who was remotely involved in making the Holland Salsa Bachata Beach Festival 2018 a great success.

Finally: Eric and Liduina, thanks for inviting me to be a part of your amazing adventure. Hats off to both of you. Lots of respect and admiration. Love.

Did you like this review? Then feel free to share it to your family and friends. And I hope to see you in 2019 for the second edition of the new & improved Holland Salsa Bachata Beach Festival!

My next stop will be the Bonaire International Dance Festival!


  1. Have you attended the festival? If so, did you like it? Why (not)?
  2. Do you have suggestions to make #hsbbf better for the future editions?
  3. Have you seen THE FLYING SHARK?!

Ik ben GEEN Salsa Dansdocent!

Fernando Sosa van Tropical Gem geeft ons er FLINK van langs in dit filmpje. Hij en zijn gesprekspartner hebben het over de ‘Geïmproviseerde Dansers’ en de ‘Geïmproviseerde Dansdocenten’. Het komt erop neer dat de meesten die zichzelf professionele dansers of dansdocenten noemen zich deze titels niet zomaar mogen toeëigenen. Sterker nog, als we de adviezen van deze heren op de letter navolgen, dan zouden er volgens mij meer dan 95% van de huidige Nederlandse salsa, bachata, kizomba en zouk dansdocenten zich geen dansleraar meer mogen noemen…

… en dat geldt dus ook voor mij!  

Maar voordat je verder leest stel ik voor dat je even kijkt naar dit filmpje van Fernando Sosa met zijn Tropical Gem, de wereldkampioenen van 2017!

Zo. Dat was leuk, toch? En ze waren al in 2001 zo gruwelijk goed!

En nu een aantal punten die deze 2 heren aanhalen:

Niemand Bepaalt!

In dit vak (van professionele afro latin danser of dansdocent) bestaat er geen officieel orgaan die de regels bepaalt. Dat vinden deze heren jammer. Maar dat let hen niet om vanuit hun eigen ervaring en principes ons te vertellen hoe het allemaal volgens hen wél zou ‘moeten’.

Met 200 Euro kun je zomaar een gediplomeerd dansdocent worden!

Beide heren vinden dat door het gebrek aan officiële accrediterende instanties iedereen zomaar met een salsa docenten dansopleiding kan beginnen.

Fernando Sosa zegt in dat filmpje: “Ook als je niet kunt dansen, je hebt 2 dingen uit een boek geleerd. En je ervaring telt niet. OK. En bovenal – wij wonen in Italië waar dit een grote werkelijkheid is – , maar deze werkelijkheid is wereldwijd. Bijvoorbeeld in Zuid Amerika, in de Verenigde Staten, in heel Europa en in Azië. En de werkelijkheid is dat ik 2 dagen studeer, ik ben intelligent genoeg om een dansschool te beginnen, en dan ben ik dansdocent en dansschool eigenaar en dan geef ik les. Maar WAT geef ik? Dat is mijn eerste vraag.”

Fernando is nu echt ‘op stoom’. “Vervolgens geeft ik les, en dat blijf ik jaren doen, want ik heb een vlotte babbel, ben sympathiek en ik heb veel volgers, maar wat ben ik ze aan het leren? En zelf studeer ik niet meer, ik groei niet, ik leer niet meer, Maar ik geef les. En ik noem mezelf dansleraar. Dus dat is heel erg slecht! Vervolgens ‘sluit’ ik mijn cursisten in en laat ze nergens naartoe gaan (Ik denk dat Fernando hiermee bedoelt dat er salsa docenten zijn die hun cursisten verbieden om bij andere dansdocenten te gaan lessen, – Sederick – ). En als ik een artiest uitnodig om een dansles te geven, dan alleen aan mijn eigen cursisten. Hoe dan?”

De bevlogen salsa superster gaat verder met zijn betoog. “Wat is een leraar? Een leraar is iemand die zelf studeert.  Een leraar is iemand die jarenlang geld uitgeeft, offers maakt en heel veel zweet gutst om het beroep te leren en begint DAARNA pas met het beroep te beoefenen! NIET ‘2 dagen en ik ben leraar’! Waar gaat dit heen, jongens?”

De rest van zijn betoog behandel ik in een ander artikel.

Om te beginnen: IEDEREEN kan een afro latin dansdocent worden. Het beroep van salsa dansdocent valt dus onder het noemer ‘Vrije Beroepen’.   

Zelf heb ik de eerste Nederlandse docentenhandleiding voor modern salsa dansen in 2003 geschreven. Salsa dansscholen La Pachanga, Club Fiera en Happy Salsa hebben daar (legaal) gebruik van gemaakt 🙂 Maar geen enkel officieel dans orgaan heeft mijn salsa dansopleiding ooit geaccrediteerd. Ik weet niet hoe het zit met de accreditatie van de docentenopleiding van Morry Krispijn.

Onlangs heb ik Annetje Riel van Salsa Belang gevraagd naar de accreditatie van de docentenopleiding en van de syllabus die door Salsa Onderwijs Nederland (SON) wordt geboden. En ik vroeg haar ook naar de accreditatie van de dansdocenten die deze docentenhandleiding in elkaar hadden gezet. Geen enkele dansdocent heeft een officiële accreditatie, maar wel veel dans- en leservaring. De syllabus (hun product) wordt daarentegen wél geaccrediteerd door de ‘Nederlandse Vereniging voor Dansdocenten’ (NVD). De NVD valt direct onder de ‘International Dance Teachers Association’ – IDTA – met hun uitvalbasis in Londen. De IDTA is 1 van de belangrijkste organisaties voor dansdocenten wereldwijd. Maar de IDTA heeft haar eigen salsa dansopleiding. Dus de IDTA heeft de NVD expliciete toestemming moeten geven voor haar huidige (innige) samenwerking met de SON.

Mijn vraag is: Waarom zou de IDTA toestemming aan de NVD hebben gegeven om een andere salsa dansopleiding te gebruiken dan hetgeen ze ZELF hebben verzonnen? Misschien geeft de IDTA indirect toe dat de opleiding die de SON biedt van een betere kwaliteit is? Want om een Nederlandse salsa dansdocent te worden zou je in principe – als lid van de NVD – de examen voor salsa dansdocent DIRECT moeten afnemen bij de IDTA. Niet bij de SON! Dus ik ga naar de website, maar word nu meteen doorverbonden naar! Mag ik hieruit concluderen dat de dansopleiding niet meer onder de vlag van Salsa Belang valt? 

Maar stel je dan nu eens voor dat je als aspirant salsa dansdocent jezelf TOCH direct door de IDTA wil laten examineren, wat leer je dan? Wie heeft de salsa syllabus van de IDTA geschreven? Het goede antwoord is: Paul Harris. Deze ex kampioen Stijl en Latin dansen heeft de danstechnieken geschreven in het boek “Step by Step Guide to Salsa, Mambo and Merengue”, en deze is onderdeel van de “Professional and Amateur Dance Syllabus” van het IDTA. Zie hier een YouTube clip van de beste man in actie. Nee, ik zeg het verkeerd. Zie in het volgende filmpje hoe Sam Harris de tweevoudige ex-wereldkampioenen salsa dansen begeleidt in een Intermediate salsa dansfiguur. En let vooral op hoe hij telt…


Maar goed. Ik kon nergens vinden van wie (of waar) meneer Harris salsa, mambo en merengue heeft leren dansen. En Fernando Sosa en zijn gesprekspartner erkennen de IDTA blijkbaar niet.

Conclusie: Volgens de criteria van Fernando Sosa en partner zijn de meeste salsa dansdocenten in Nederland GEEN salsa dansdocenten…

…en ik dus OOK niet!

In mijn volgende artikel over dit onderwerp zal ik ingaan op de andere redenen die Fernando noemt waardoor ik mij – volgens hem – geen salsa dansdocent mag noemen. Niet na al die dozijnen workshops die ik vanaf 1999 bij zoveel internationale en lokale dansdocenten gevolgd heb. Ook niet na de diverse docententrainingen die ik heb gehad. En zelfs niet na het volgen van de 1ste Salsa Teachers Seminar in Los Angeles in 2004!

Stay tuned for part 2!

Ben je het trouwens met deze twee heren eens? Waarom wel/niet?

Ahh Booty Booty!

Bij salsa dansschool Latin Club Fiesta behandelen we ook de geschiedenis van salsa muziek tijdens de reguliere danslessen. Daarbij introduceren Randolph en ik wekelijks elk 1 muzikale artiest en we draaien zijn of haar muziek. De salsa zanger of band die ik kies is een klassiek voorbeeld uit een bepaalde periode en/of muzikale genre.

Deze week behandel ik Tito Nieves, de ‘Pavarotti van de Salsa’. Bijzonder aan deze ‘sonero’ is niet alleen zijn stem, maar ook zijn album ‘I Like It Like That’ uit 1997… met Engelstalige salsa!

Tito Nieves heeft in de tweede helft van de jaren ‘70 samengewerkt met o.a. ‘El Cantante’ Hector Lavoe (van het beroemde salsa lied ‘Todo Tiene Su Final’). Dit gebeurde op het hoogtepunt van de salsa rage. Waarom ik Tito ‘Sneeuwen’ heb gekozen is omdat zijn keuze mooi aansluit op mijn eerdere verhaal over de oplossing van de ‘Salsa Recessie’ in de jaren ‘80. Namelijk: de uitvinding van de Salsa Romantica.

Hoe dan?

Grote artiesten zoals Marc Anthony en Eddie Santiago hadden eind jaren ‘80 en begin jaren ‘90 salsa covers gemaakt van ballades en boleros die veelal als ’title songs’ van telenovelas ( = Spaanstalige soapseries) werden gebruikt. Tito Nieves – die zijn solocarrière in 1986 begon – gebruikte dezelfde succesvolle formule, maar met een ‘twist’: hij koos ook voor Engels naast Spaans. Op zijn Wikipedia pagina staat dat Tito’s Engelstalige megahit “I Like It Like That” (1996) een salsanummer is. Volgens de uitvinders van de (commerciële) paraplunaam ‘salsa’ (Johnny Pacheco en Jerry Masucci, Fania Records in 1964) klopt dit wel. Maar technisch gezien is I Like It Like That een remix van een cover van de gelijknamige immens populaire boogaloo nummer van Pete Rodriguez

Ja! Boogaloo!

De voordelen van Engelstalige Salsa

Salsa Romantica muziek heeft het werk voor salsa dansdocenten makkelijker gemaakt door haar (in het algemeen) langzame tempo. Met de introductie in Europa van de wat snellere en strak gestructureerde LA stijl Salsa on1 en NY mambo on2 door Annetje Riel en Marlon Castillo in 1997 werd het belangrijker om zuiver op de telling en ‘in’ de structuur van de muziek te dansen. Dit aspect van het samen dansen werd later door de internationale salsa dansicoon Edie ‘The Salsa Freak’ rond het midden van de jaren ’00 tot ‘Musicality omgedoopt. Volgens haar theorie moest je je eigen verhaal verzinnen tijdens het samen dansen. Het aanvoelen van de ‘breaks’ en het eigen maken van de structuur van de muziek zijn de kenmerken van de beste salsadansers wereldwijd. Je hoeft de songtekst niet te begrijpen. Echter, vanaf dat ikzelf begon met salsa danslessen te  verzorgen heb ik ervaren dat veel van mijn beginnende salsa cursisten in het algemeen meer met gevoel gaan dansen als ze de songtekst WEL verstaan, en/of als ze het salsaliedje al herkennen van haar oorspronkelijke (populaire) versie.


  1. De muzikaliteit van de salsa dans cursisten groeit exponentieel, omdat ze gerichter zullen luisteren naar de structuur van de muziek die bij de songtekst hoort.
  2. Eind jaren ‘90 sloot de Engelstalige salsa muziek naadloos aan op de muziek waar de jongere generatie van buiten de salsa scene om naar luisterde. Van Club Caribbean  in Amsterdam tot de salsaclubs in Londen: Engelstalige salsa muziek veranderde salsa van ‘oubollig’ naar ‘hip & trendy’.

Ahh Booty Booty!

In de originele versie van I Like It Like That hoor je een jongerenkoor “Ahh Bibi!” zingen. Door een foutje is het koor in het liedje gebleven. Gelukkig wel! Op een internationale salsa festival hoorde ik een DJ “Ahh Booty Booty” schreeuwen tijdens het draaien van Tito Nieves zijn versie van “I Like It Like That”. En dat heb ik natuurlijk overgenomen 😉

Naar mijn mening is de beste manier om samen op I Like It Like That te dansen:

Mijn favoriete nummer op dit album is NIET “I Like It Like That”, en ook NIET de immens populaire “I’ll Always Love You”. Mijn favoriete nummer van Tito Nieves op dit album is… “Can You Stop The Rain”!

Het origineel is van Peebo Bryson . Mijn 5 jaar oude dochter Maya vond salsa muziek saai, totdat ze dit liedje voor het eerst hoorde.  Nu zingt ze het refrein van Can You Stop The Rain uit volle borst samen met haar papa. Door Tito Nieves volgt Maya hopelijk precies dezelfde pad die de Puerto Ricaanse tieners uit New York in de jaren ’60 hebben bewandeld met boogaloo: ze ontdekt haar muzikale roots in een taal die zij verstaat.   

Koop en geniet van deze album!

Als laatste:  Tito Nieves op de Nederlands Caribische toer!

En? Wat vind je van dit artikel? En van de links? Vind jij het leuk om prominente artiesten en de bijbehorende perioden uit de afro latin dansgeschiedenis op deze manier te leren kennen? Dan lees ik graag je suggesties over andere afro latin sterren en thema’s waar je graag meer over zou willen weten in de commentaren sectie.

Hasta la fiesta!

2nd Promo Bonaire International Dance Festival 2018

4 valid reasons for attending the Bonaire International Dance Festival 2018

  1. Bonaire: This Dutch province is internationally known for having the most beautifull waters of the Caribbean Sea, with lots of coral and a spectacular marine life. Snorkling and a visit to ‘Klein Bonaire’ (a turtle sanctuary) are among the many sight-seeing adventures you’ll experience during the BIDF 2018.   
  2. The artists: The artists are very professional and easy-going. You will not only see breathtaking shows and get the best workshops in Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba dancing, but you will also get lots of personal guidance from them. And the artists will dance with you at all the parties! 
  3. The music: Expert Afro latin DJ’s who can ‘read the crowd’ will get you on the dance floor and make you stay there all night long!
  4. The parties: The parties of the Bonaire International Dance Festival are legendary on the island. Locals, tourists and festival attendees all dance together for hours. On the last Saturday there will be a life performance of one of the most popular bands in the Caribbean.   

The professional team of the BIDF 2018 is ready and eager to please you at 32 degrees Celsius during the day and at 25 degrees Celsius during the night!

So, what are you waiting for?

The ‘Early Flamingo’ price has now gone up 100 Euro’s, from 999 to 1.099 Euro’s Be quick and book your package. That includes your flight from Europe, hotel, full pass & sightseeing trips. Do it NOW (before February 1st, 2018). The location where every attendee of the festival will be staying is the brand new Resort Bonaire! 

Click on the video for more information and for a very special offer 😉

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