Salsa Pop Rocks!

I’m writing this post to address the fact that we seem to get a lot of flack from salsa purists for playing ‘salsa pop’, ‘latin hip-hop’, ‘drum ‘n bass’, ‘boogaloo’ and plenty of other stuff in between at our nights…

But what a lot of people don’t realise is we just play a mix of music at Distrikt. I personally, teach a lot of classes to Hector Lavoe, Johnny Pacheco, Lalo Rodriguez, and El Gran Combo – to make sure students get plenty of exposure to pure salsa as well. I love pure salsa music, but what’s wrong with an eclectic taste?

But at the end of day, we are trying to breathe new life into the scene. Salsa needs to keep attracting new young people, to make sure it is here to stay. We are just trying to mix things up to attract a different audience and help them feel that partner dancing is relevant to them – if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always get!

It strikes me that wherever salsa has travelled it has evolved and changed as it merges with other cultures; I particularly like the swing influences in LA Style dancing as it’s a style that is close to my heart. You can’t deny the popularity of hip-hop and house styles among younger people and we want to bring that influence to the story. This is just our interpretation of the influences that matter to us.

We tend to start with more accessible pop type stuff for beginners but as the night rolls on we move to the purer stuff as the Baracoa crowd flock in for a social dance. But at the end of the day we are StreetSalsa and if you want a really pure experience there are plenty of classes/clubs that cater for that and I’d be happy to recommend them to you.

About Jake

Jake is the founder of StreetSalsa, he regularly contributes to several blogs on the subject of salsa and teaches in and around Leeds.

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