So, You Think You Can Dance Salsa?

So, You Think You Can Dance Salsa?

SOURCE: NPR There’s music coming from an art gallery on lower State Street on Tuesday nights. Everyone’s welcome. You can come with a partner, a friend, or solo. For $5 dollars (or a buck, if you’re a student), you, yes you, can learn to dance salsa. Monica Dabos, the founder of Yes You Can Dance Salsa, aims to create an alcohol free experience that brings together all ages, backgrounds and dancing abilities. But, even in a welcoming environment, dancing can be intimidating. KCRW’s Larry Perel swallowed his nerves and took a trip to find out if the class really lives up to...

Open Streets Features Yes You Can Dance Salsa!

Open Streets Features Yes You Can Dance Salsa!

THE STREETS WILL COME ALIVE ON 10/24!   The streets will once again become Santa Barbara’s longest public park for the day as over 2 miles of Cabrillo Blvd transformed into a celebration of people-power to promote better health, flexibility and FUN!  Last year over 15,000 participants young and old enjoyed the streets as they usually can’t:  without cars, fumes or traffic, while exploring eight free community activity zones. SB Open Streets from West Beach Films on Vimeo.

Ayni Gallery September Newsletter

Ayni Gallery September Newsletter

  The AYNI CIRCLE began meeting January 2010. Out of the this Circle has emerged the Santa Barbara Love Grid, Santa Barbara Time Bank and Santa Barbara, Unconditional Give and Take Facebook group, and other initiatives and uprisings on the leading edge of the New, emerging in our midst. These beautiful souls below have been stewarding and facilitating the LOVE GRID event the first Monday of each month and have been since January, 2010. Each one enhances life in their own de-light-filled way!  Find out more by visiting the web site http://www.aynigallery.com/ EVERY TUESDAY  7:00-11:00 pm at AYNI Gallery Ayni Gallery,...

Salsa Timing – 5 Tips To Improve Your Salsa Timing

Salsa Timing – 5 Tips To Improve Your Salsa Timing

Salsa rhythm refers to the quick, quick, slow, quick, quick, slow pattern of the way salsa music is structured. Salsa timing, on the other hand, refers to the counting of the music, which for us salsa dancers goes: 1,2,3,5,6,7 where we pause on the counts 4,8, and thus keep them silent. So how can you improve your salsa timing. Tip # 1 Get Salsa Music And Listen To It This might sound like a simplistic tip, and it is. But there nothing more powerful to ultimately help you with your salsa timing than getting into the habit of listening to...

The History Of Bachata

The History Of Bachata

Bachata which literally means “party” is a dance and music style from the Dominican Republic often centered around subjects of heartbreak, romance, and loss. Equivalent to the Blues in the U.S., thematic similarities and resolution are prevalent such as loss of a love and looking for ones self at the bottom of the bottle. The main melody is predominantly played by an electric guitar, which plucks out an eight note pattern. Bachata has had much success in clubs in the last decade. This music form had a rough and “nefarious” history. Born in the brothels and bars of the lower...

How To Choose A Dance Studio

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How To Choose A Dance Studio

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Ask me to Dance

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally...