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By Kennia Ramirez
Salseek: In your opinion what does the Salsa Social dancer want to listen to?
A lot of dancers they just want to know the rhythm, the time. They want to know where the beats are, especially when they’re just beginning to learn. They’re calculating the numbers and how they’re going to dance and what they’re going to move. Because when people teach the dance now everything is by numbers and so people want to know where they are and where the numbers are. And then there are people that after they learn how to dance, they just feel the pulse. It doesn’t matter. They just go and they move with the flow. And the way music is in general there is an ebb and flow. The singer tells the story and then it moves up when you get to the montuno section, you have the call and response, so it kind of like goes on a higher plane. There are dancers who hear that and they start doing more motions when it gets to the mambo and it gets more exciting and then there are dancers that get going off from the get going. So it’s a stylistic thing and it happens in all forms.
Salseek: Dancers want danceable tempos. Is there an ideal tempo that you stick to when performing for the dancer?
I don’t believe in that. I don’t believe in the numbers. Because if you do House or Hip Hop, they’re all at the same pulse and the clubs tend to do that, but here we come to the issue of Live Band vs. DJ and so there’s varying tempo to all the music, depending on the song. The arrangement determines how the tempo goes. There are some tunes that are more open and you can play faster, but then you have a tune like “Esa Prieta” by Johnny Pacheco, you can’t play that much faster. It loses its swing. So even though it fits, it’s 4/4 and you can count it and people can dance, the arrangement doesn’t allow that to happen. So that’s an open ended question and it’s determined by the song.
Salseek: Dancers like songs of the right length. What do you consider to be the ideal length of a song?
I don’t think in those terms, because the song tells a story. So the story has to determine how long the song is. There is an ebb and flow, you have to reach an apex, after that there’s not much further you can go. After you’ve reached that apex then you just have to come down and then it goes towards the end. Nowadays, the dancers, because they’re used to the DJ’s, like the songs shorter. But years ago we just played the tune and the song told the story of how it would go. That’s just the way the style has evolved with the way the dancers today are learning and how they hear the music. I mean we can go in and put a timed clock and the bell rings and say “Ok time to end” and you can be in the middle of a story and it’s cooking, but it would be a drag to end the song.
Salseek: But, there’s a thin line between keeping the “descarga” alive and making sure the dancer can keep up song after song . How do you handle that?
When you do a descarga it’s kind of like a call and response between the Instrumentalists. The call and response is part of our music. It’s the lead singer and the chorus, but that also happens with musicians, so if you have a saxophone player who’s playing a solo, the point of a descarga or jam is that someone else is going to answer and he’s going to do his thing. So depending on how many people are there, the descarga could run forever or it can run short. At that point you have the issue of whether to play all out or play for the dancers. When you have a descarga that’s a concert then the length doesn’t matter. When you have a descarga where there are people on the floor, then you’ve got to take that into consideration. For example, the old guard, guys like Johnny Pacheco, never did a drum solo—it just wound up being too long for the dancers.
Salseek: Dancers like to listen to a variety of songs. Live Bands tend to play the same songs over and over again. What are your thoughts on this?
This is our 4th year working with Baila Society and the Latino Commission on AIDS to promote Bailando Por Una Causa, a spectacular showcase of performances with all genres of dance. If you’ve never been to Bailando, please join us this year and experience a show you will love! Over the years, we have been able to generate a slew of media including NBC Nightly News, Fox5 Good Day NY, ABC’s El Tiempo, El Diario, New York Daily News, Telemundo, Univision, NBC Visiones, El Especial and so much more! Get your tickets atwww.bailandoporunacausa.org
Bailando Por Una Causa 2013: a night of performances to benefit the Latino Commission on AIDS
Now in its 4th year, BAILANDO POR UNA CAUSA has become one of New York’s pre-eminent celebrations of love, life and dance.
Join us as Baila Society brings together a diverse mix of New York’s most esteemed dance companies for a night of breathtaking performances at El Museo del Barrio to benefit the Latino Commission on AIDS, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Each genre of dance represents the cultures and traditions of the diverse communities supported by the Commission and equally engage in addressing the impact and stigma of HIV/AIDS in our country.100% OF EVENT PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE LATINO COMMISION ON AIDS
As the fastest growing group in New York City and the United States, increased efforts are crucial in order to improve the health and wellness of Latinos and all of our communities. In New York City alone, over 36,000 Latinos live with HIV/AIDS.
Saturday, October 12th 2013
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Sunset Salsa with Talia Castro-Pozo
Can you think of a better way to spend your time after work outside dancing Salsa? I can’t! So, grab some after work buddies and head on out to the 14th Street Park at 10th Avenue every Thursday night for Sunset Salsa, FREE outdoor salsa dancing with Miss Talia! You get a free dance lesson and a fun dance party afterwards with Senor DJ Woody while the sun is setting on the Big Apple. It’s fun and did we mention FREE?!
Also, special thanks to our sponsors TELEMUNDO NY for their added promotions and TV segment, the Chelsea Improvement Company, Latin Mondays at Taj, and our drink sponsor CHICH LIMENA! You can purchase a can of CHICHA for $2 and all proceeds help fund Sunset Salsa….and keep an eye out for some fun, free giveaways in the upcoming weeks!
Que viva la salsa!
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