Super Salsa Nieuwsbrief April 2019

Hallo lezer,

Dit is alweer mijn vierde nieuwsbrief van het jaar. De maand april is er 1 met veel afro latin dansactiviteiten! Waar gaan we elkaar tegenkomen?

Zaterdag 6 april:

Latin Night in Bar Bloemstede.

Tijd: Van 20.00 t/m 01.00 uur.

Plaats: Bar Bloemstede, Bloemstede 223 Maarssen

Workshop (21.30 t/m 22.20 uur): Salsa Intermediate door Sederick   

Muziek: Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba & Merengue

DJ’s: DJ Devante

Entree: GRATIS

Vrijdag 12 april:

Salsa Social ‘Spring Edition’ van dansschool Latin Club Fiesta!

Van: 22.30 t/m 01.00 uur

Plaats: Kokonoches Latincafe, Haarlem

Muziek: Salsa en Bachata met een vleugje Kizomba.

DJ’s: DJ Genexis & DJ Lady Sensual

Entree: GRATIS!

Zondag 14 april:

Salsa in ‘t Wapen Eerste Editie, georganiseerd door LIS (Les In Salsa)!

Tijd: Van 15.00 t/m 20.00 uur.

Plaats: Het Wapen van Assendelft, Dorpsstraat 533C in Assendelft

Workshop (15.00 t/m 16.00 uur): LA Stijl Salsa on1 voor hoger dans niveau, gegeven door Lis en Sederick

Muziek: Klassieke Salsa

DJ’s: DJ Andres “El Jefe”, o.a. Bekend van Perron 3 in Haarlem

Entree: 5 euro (contant, inclusief garderobe en workshop)

Dinsdag 16 april:

2 salsa dansworkshops aan middelbare scholieren voor Cross Your Borders

Docent: Sederick

Tijd: Van 09.45 t/m 10.45 uur

Plaats: Het Haarlemmermeer Lyceum in Hoofddorp

Alleen voor deelnemers van de school

2 salsa dansworkshops aan middelbare scholieren voor Cross Your Borders

Donderdag 18 april:

Docent: Sederick

Tijd: Van 09.45 t/m 10.45 uur

Plaats: Het Damstede Lyceum in Amsterdam

Alleen voor deelnemers van de school

Zaterdag 20 april:

Mini Dominican Bachata Bootcamp door Samy & Carolina uit Frankrijk!

Orga: Fiesta Deluxe, Bachata Partylovers en DJ Bripa ‘El Loco’!  

Samy ‘El Magico’ is een dominican bachata dans legende in Europa en is in de Dominicaanse Republiek erkend voor zijn gehele oeuvre. Persoonlijk ken ik Samy al jaren. Daardoor heb ik ook verschillende workshops van hem en Carolina gevolgd. En ze zijn STEENGOED! Je krijgt echt waar voor je geld bij Sami & Carolina: VEEL coole dans moves in een korte tijd. En met een flinke tempo en leuke humor. Daar hou ik in ieder geval ontzettend veel van 🙂

Deze bootcamp wil je ZEKER NIET MISSEN als je een ‘real deal’ bachatero/a bent!!!  

Docenten: Samy & Carolina (FR)

Tijd: Van 15.00 t/m 18.30 uur.

Plaats: Event Center Fokker in Hoofddorp.

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




Zaterdag 20 april:

Fiesta Deluxe Easter Edition!

Tijd: Van 21.00 t/m 04.00 uur.

Plaats: Event Center Fokker, Ijweg 1094 in Hoofddorp.

Workshops (21.15 t/m 22.00 uur): Bachata door Guiramigos Dance Company (Amsterdam) en Salsa door Sederick & Chanty (Latin Club Fiesta in Haarlem en Hoofddorp)

Shows (01.00 uur) van Zunaira & Quincy, Guiramigos Dance Company en Euphoria

Special guests: Samy & Carolina (FR)

Muziek: 3 zalen Salsa, Bachata en Kizomba

DJ’s: 100% Salsa van DJ Willy en DJ Tuly (UK), Bachata van DJ Jarzino & DJ Bripa ‘El Loco’ (organisator), en Kizomba van DJ Lindt en DJ Dr. Feelgood.

Kizomba Taxidansers: TeamCastle

Entree: 13 euro bij de deur (alleen contant geld). 10 euro online + 1,49 euro service kosten.

Zo. En naast al deze activiteiten blijf ik reguliere salsa en bachata danscursussen geven voor in Haarlem & Hoofddorp, in Alkmaar en in Den Helder.

Laat je me weten waar wij elkaar deze maand gaan treffen?

Que viva la salsa, bachata, kizomba y el merengue!

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!

Is Merengue Dansen Saai?

Op zaterdag 5 januari 2019 hebben Marlies (assistente bij salsa dansschool Sizzling Salsa) en ik een merengue dans workshop samen gegeven. Want Marianne – de eigenaar en opdrachtgever van salsa dansschool Sizzling Salsa – is namelijk gek op merengue! De dansschoolhouder wil dat iedereen meemaakt hoe leuk het dansen kan zijn op de heerlijke merengue klanken uit de Dominicaanse Republiek. Haar verzoek kwam voor mij als een geschenk uit de hemel gevallen. Want zelf loop ik al een tijdje rond met het idee om de slechte reputatie die merengue in de loop der jaren in de afro latin dans scene heeft opgelopen helemaal schoon te poetsen. Want het doet mij nog steeds pijn aan m’n hart om telkens weer te moeten aanhoren dat afro latin dansers geen merengue (meer) willen dansen ‘omdat het super saai is’.

Maar HOE dan?

Merengue en Aquaman

Franco Sparfeld – de organisator van het Berlijn Salsa Congress – heeft vorig jaar samen met een vriend slechte grappen gemaakt op Facebook over merengue dansen. Dat was voor mij de druppel. En aangezien ik Franco als een vriend beschouw vond ik het een goed idee om hem een korte geschiedenisles te geven over de merengue showdans. De dans waarmee ik in 1984 mijn danscarrière mee ben begonnen. Lees hieronder het resultaat:

Onlangs ben ik naar de DC film Aquaman geweest. En ja, ik hou ook van Marvel. En ja, ik vind ook dat DC veel ‘prut’ heeft maakt. Goed. Maar persoonlijk vind ik wel dat Aquaman 1 van de betere (recente) films is dat het DCEU heeft geproduceerd. Niet zozeer om de kwaliteit van het verhaal zelf, maar vooral door het werk van de regisseur van deze blockbuster hit genaamd James Wan. En natuurlijk Geoff Johns, die in zijn ‘DC New 52 reboot’ stripverhalen de ‘campy’ Aquaman helemaal heeft ‘gerestyled’. Het slechte imago dat de superheld sinds het eind van de jaren ‘60 heeft opgelopen is nu helemaal weg. De film gaat richting de 1 miljard (!) dollar winst wereldwijd!

Dus dat.

Nou dacht ik: Kunnen we niet hetzelfde doen met merengue? Hoe leuk zou het zijn om merengue dansen weer in ere te herstellen? Misschien heeft de dans ook een ‘restyling’ nodig. Zoekend op YouTube naar hoe merengue nu gedanst wordt ben ik de volgende film tegengekomen:

Toen dacht ik: JA! Het kan! Ik mix gewoon van alles in de dans. Ben eergisteren meteen begonnen met het schrijven van een heuse merengue dans syllabus (docentenhandleiding) met elementen en technieken uit verschillende dansstijlen zoals de merengue show en reggaeton (shines), salsa, bachata, kizomba, guajira en de mexicaanse quebradita. Dit alles verwerkt in verschillende dansniveaus en oplopend in moeilijkheidsgraad. Een echte merengue danscursus dus! Ik ben er ZO enthousiast over dat ik onderweg naar het feest nog steeds bezig was met de nieuwe dansstijl te ontwikkelen op m’n laptop.

Een Merengue Dans zaad is geplant..

Marlies en ik hadden een korte voorbereiding van ongeveer 20 minuten. We hebben de merengue workshop samen gegeven en als bonus een vrijdans demo aan het eind samen gedaan. Ik had net daarvoor die twee Dips & Tricks kort met haar doorgenomen. Het is een begin 🙂

Daarna heb ik mijn idee voor de nieuwe merengue dans even kort in Marianne haar camera uitgelegd:

Mijn grote dank gaat ook uit naar Marlies voor haar prima assist en naar Marianne voor de gelegenheid 🙂

Wat vind je hiervan? Ben je zelf iemand die merengue (zowel de muziek als de dans) een warm hart toedraagt? En heb jij enig idee hoe we samen merengue dansen leuker kunnen maken? Laat ons het dan weten! En wie weet wat we allemaal samen kunnen bereiken 🙂

Let’s Make Merengue Great Again!

Ow ja! Dan heb ik nu misschien een nieuwe naam voor deze nieuwe dans bedacht: De MEGA dans! De naam is dus een afkorting van ‘MErengue Great Again’. Want misschien is het een goed idee om de dans een andere naam te geven. Want we willen geen problemen met de Dominicanen, nietwaar?

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.

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!

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..


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.