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La salsa es muy popular en Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela y en Puerto Rico lugares donde se baila de una forma muy distinta. Se distinguen ciertos formas de baile: Forma de baile de Colombia, Ecuador y Venezuela. La Salsa como patrimonio cultural de Colombia. Colombianos , bailando salsa. Forma de baile cubana. Se baila con movimientos cadenciosos de cadera y hombros.
Tanto el hombre como la mujer giran uno alrededor del otro en ambos sentidos y el movimiento de brazos y solos se ejecutan con un ritmo casi inigualable. Mezcla de varios ingredientes para dar un sabor especial, rico y a veces picante. Otra forma de salsa cubana es el songo-salsa , con mucho rapeo. And if we are stuck with a partner we don't enjoy dancing with, we don't want to have to dance longer than few minutes. A long song can be hell with the wrong partner.
We may do certain turn patterns, shines, styling or dips at specific points in a song, or sing or hum along with the song almost as if we're serenading our partner, so we want to hear many songs we know. Some DJ's feel they have to frequently play "something new" or the most recent songs from the radio.
Give us a lot of what we know so that we can dance along with it. This is not to say that a DJ should not play any new songs at all. Some new songs are fine, though it should be chosen carefully to be suitable for our dance. That means it should have a good strong "dancer's rhythm" and it should not have repeated "clave changes". Don't play something just because it's new.
DJs should remember that although they may be spinning many times per week for 5 - 6 hours, we are only dancing a couple of times per week for a couple hours. So while a DJ may be getting bored with certain songs, we are not getting bored because we are not hearing those songs as often.
Plus, there are virtually hundreds of wonderful classic salsa dance songs available. Finally, songs of a "Latin jazz" style should be kept to a minimum since they are more for listening rather than dancing in our specific way. WAV files, when using high-end sound equipment or professional DJ sound systems. The range of the sound spectrum is not as broad nor as clean. There is a predominance of midrange and higher sounds and the overall sound is more "flat", with less "depth" and richness.
Although MP-3 files, often downloaded from the internet, may sound similar to a CD when listening on a small device such as an IPOD or on a boom box or car radio, a comparison test on higher end and professional equipment shows a noticeable difference. For a scientific test comparison, see http: The reason for this lack of CD quality sound is that a regular 5 minute salsa song on a CD, or in a.
WAV file, is approximately 50 megabytes of program material. That's 38 megabytes of the song's program data missing, and that missing information is what makes the sound quality worse with an MP Even though MP-3 compressed files utilize software to try to correct for the missing program material, it simply cannot compensate for the missing 38 megabytes.
It's just not possible. Overall, the best quality sound comes from a standard CD or from a full size. And if you're worried about storage space on your laptop's hard drive, remember that full-length salsa songs in.
WAV files is only gigabytes. Most laptops these days come with gigabyte hard drives and many DJs are carrying around compact portable hard drives that have another gigabytes or even 1 terabyte. If a salsa DJ can't do a decent job with good songs available in their collection, they've got a big problem. And, by the way, www. Often they have been standing still for the last 30 minutes or more and they are eager to start dancing.
The DJ should play several medium speed familiar classic salsa songs so that everyone can dance. Many DJ's make the mistake of playing very fast salsa songs, or merengue, bachata or English music, after performances because they think people want a change. Hopefully we have been inspired and excited by the salsa performances and we want to dance.
If the songs are too fast, or are not salsa, most people will not dance and will be frustrated. The volume should not be too loud. Loud volume ruins the music and is harmful to the ears long-term the damage is cumulative over the years. To judge loudness, ask some dancers in the crowd who are at least in their 40's or more.
The DJ should step out into the center of the dance floor at least every hour to check the sound level and also balance of treble, midrange and bass. The balance should be comfortable and not extreme, and especially the bass should be clear so that we can hear the rhythm, but it should not be excessive and "boomy". Only certain cha cha songs are suitable for mambo dancers - see our list of Good Cha Cha Songs below. Cha cha songs should be chosen based on having the right rhythm and tempo for dancers only.
While there are plenty of cha cha songs which are musically beautiful, many which are in a "Latin jazz" style with long instrumental breaks, they are not necessarily appropriate for dancing to.
As with salsa songs, good cha cha songs need to have a very definite strong dancer's rhythm. They cannot be too fast because the 3 cha cha quick steps need to fit comfortably within the measure, and they cannot be too long because of the limited turn patterns available and the insufficient cha cha knowledge of most mambo dancers. There should never be more than 2 cha cha songs in a row, nor more than approximately 2 - 3 per hour in a typical mambo party.
If the music fits our way of dancing, as described above, we're happy. Whether that music comes from a DJ or a live band is irrelevant to how we dance and how much we enjoy the event. When we are dancing, we are looking at our partners, not the DJ or band. And after one good song, we want another one right away. We do not want to listen to some second-rate song or announcer or bandleader talking for several minutes about nothing but nonsense.
So who needs a band? From a dancer's point of view, a good DJ can beat a band almost anytime, because a good DJ can choose from hundreds of fantastic dance songs recorded by the world's best musicians. But a band is always limited by its musical ability, its relatively small repertoire, its tendency to play songs longer than 5 - 6 minutes, and its limited ability to change songs based on the dancer's preferences hour by hour.
Most bands only have a few really great songs. When they play a set, dancers are usually happy with only 1 or 2 songs, all the others are second-rate. When we buy a band's CDs, again, there are usually only 1 or 2 good songs. But a DJ can play 10, 15, 20 great songs in a row, chosen from the world's best bands. How many bands can do that? There are a few bands who can play an entire set of great dance music, maybe 5 in the whole world.
Unfortunately, wherever they play it's so crowded that there's no room to dance. And we're not looking at the band anyway, we're looking at our partners. So it would be better to have a good DJ play a full hour of El Gran Combo music with a dance floor full of salseros, and let the non-dancers and bar flies nurse their drinks at some club down the street with a live band.
Another problem with live bands is that the songs are too long, to fast and too loud. We want our songs to be about 5 minutes long because we want to change partners after that. We want the majority of our dance songs to be medium speed.
And we don't want the volume so loud that our ears are hurting. Live bands don't understand these dancer needs. During live performances, bands play very long songs, sometimes more than 10 minutes, while the musicians stretch out on their solos.
They play fast uptempo music because that's what excites them, but it just exhausts the dancers. And they play very loud because, frankly, they're probably deaf. Bands are important - but if you're a relatively small club, and especially one that's starting out, if the band isn't great, you're going to lose your shirt. People won't come back. If the band IS great, you're going to have to pay a lot , unless you work out some kind of package deal with them.
Your safest bet is to just have a great DJ. Unless the band is just incredible, stick to the DJ. Many many people have often wondered why clubs just don't try and play good 'ole DJ music. Sometimes it's just so much better. Many people go for the bands, but more go for the dancing and social atmosphere. If the band is just too expensive, you can have one every other weekend.
Please do not buy into the idea that "Oh, the Band is Everything" It's important - but not as important as you may think. What's most important is the music, the floor, and the people. Whether you are putting on an event in a club or studio, this article spells out how to please the dancers and how to get their business.
Cyber Interview Of Doc Salsa. These songs are all chosen from the point of view of the On 2 mambo dancer. More than anyone else, we know best what music goes well with our way of dancing. For those living outside the New York metropolitan area, these songs will give you some idea of what we love to dance to, and also the kind of music our style of On 2 dancing goes best to. These songs should be played following the Guidelines For DJ's listed above. Certainly, this list is far from complete.
Over time, I will be adding more songs to this list. If you would like to find out which CD a particular song is from, see the excellent web site www.
You can also purchase your CDs through this site and they will mail them anywhere in the world. Also see online ComboRecords. And you must know about New York City's best music store for Latin music: They have a huge selection and tremendous knowledge about the music. And they will mail you CDs anywhere in the U.
Their web site is www. This describes how to make a proper CD for performing to, how to care for it and how to deliver it to the DJ, so that the song plays all the way through and doesn't skip or stop playing and, thereby, ruin your performance routine. Reprint this list only with written credit to "Steve Shaw - www.
Article reprinted from www. Original article at http: I wish I could take all the DJ's in Utah over there so they can see how good they are. By this I am not saying that the DJ's in Utah suck, all I am saying is that there is a lot of things that everyone can improve upon. When I was there, I couldn't help but notice that going Salsa dancing in Los Angeles is amazing, they are playing 6, 7, 8 Salsas in a row and then one or two Merengues or Cha Cha's, then again they come with some blasting Salsas.
I've died and went to heaven I thought!. Not just that, but they make sure they play the hardcore Salsas too! The harcore Salseros usually go early in the night, unlike here where they show up late in the night. Now days there is just more of a demand for Salsa than Merengue or other type of social dancing in Los Angeles.
If at any moment you go to a club, or latin event, you'll know what I am saying. I started to talk to some people down there, this includes some famous DJ's down there too.
They were explaining how they get the night going, and how they do follow certain procedures to make Salseros happy. So Utah DJ's, ready for this??? And after talking about and researching the subject I tell the DJ's here in Utah: