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    The Band Guide! More of Australia's and Europe's hottest bands have been added to the list this month. Brazza based in Adelaide and Doble Impacto based in Belgium. Check out their band profiles!

    Livin' La Vida Loca! This is a new section with articles contributed by dancers from around the world sharing their life and dance experiences! Read the first article by Cleva Weekes - Dancing in Trinidad.

    Talking about Salsa! This is a new section with articles contributed by dancers and teachers from around the world, who offer some good advice. What do you do when the dance floor gets crowded? You can become a Performer, if you want to! More coming soon.

    Background & Heritage Did you know that Mambo, Cha Cha and Salsa share a common heritage? What about Merengue and Samba - what is their history?

    Timing & Basic Steps Do you want to learn the Basic Steps for Mambo, Salsa, Cha Cha, Samba and/or Merengue?

    Choreography Want to learn some basic choreography that is common to Mambo, Salsa and Cha Cha? Want to learn some Samba or Merengue moves?

    Latin Dance Technique. In this section we discuss the isometrics of your body movements and steps. Correct posture, hip movements and holds. We also give you some Tips and Tricks to help you on the dance floor and introduce you to the Native African Rumba which is an ancestor of Salsa.

    Samba! You haven't experienced the joy and freedom of dance, until you have learned to Samba. There are several Sambas. To learn the Basic History, Steps and Choreography read our Dance Survival Guide learn about them, click on Samba!

    Merengue! The easiest dance on the planet to learn! Not only is it great fun but it is a great way to practice the harder Salsa moves. It is Salsa's sister dance and although the music and footwork is different they have links in history and use the same body work (moves). To find out about it click on Merengue.

    Origins of Salsa. Musically, Salsa has its roots firmly based in the Afro-Spanish musical traditions of Cuba but its worldwide popularity should be attributed to the Puerto Ricans of New York!

    Origins of Samba. Samba has a varied and perculiar history. It has roots in the Candomble religion. Was first recorded in 1916. Was first danced in Paris in 1922 and is a musical/dance form that has developed throughout the twentieth century. Read our extensive notes on Samba!

    Living History. This section is a collection of stories by real people who were there when the dances were invented. Other articles in this series are by real dancers who relate how, through merged dance styles and change in music, the dances continue to be reinvented.

    Knowing your body! Serious dancers, do suffer injuries from time to time. This section helps you to understand the strains you place on your body while dancing and gives you hints on how to avoid injury. This information aims to make you a healthy and better than average dancer.

    The Gig Guides! Do you want to party? Find out whats happening in your city. Venues, Special Events and Band Reviews!




    News: The Latin Scene in Sydney!
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    Independence Day - Peru
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    Notes on Salsa - What is the Clave?
  • Finding the Clave
  • Understanding the Music
  • The Clave Rhythm
  • Dancing with the Clave
  • The Clave based dances
  • New York Mambo/Salsa


    Notes on Samba - The Clave Rhythm!
  • Understanding the Samba Groove


    Afro-Cuban rhythms in the music
  • The Birth of Rockabilly

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    Notes on Salsa - Origins of Salsa
  • The Peurto Rican Influence


    Notes on Salsa - Living History
  • An Interview with the "King of Mambo"
  • Luis Flores, a NY Dance Legend
  • Arthur Greenburg's History of
    Rumba, Mambo & Cha Cha


    Notes on Samba - Origins of Samba
  • Part 1 - 1916 to 1928
  • Part 2 - Candomble and the Music
  • Part 3 - Samba 1929 to Present
  • From Choro to Samba


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    Knowing your Body
  • Preventing Dance injuries
  • Avoiding injury to the Knee
  • Avoiding injury to the Foot and Ankle
  • Anatomy of the Foot and Ankle
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    Talking about Salsa!
  • Take your TURNS to the next level!
  • Searching for the Performer within You
  • What to Do When the Dance Floor Gets Crowded?


    Livin' La Vida Loca!
  • Dancing in Trinidad
  • How do you know you are in Love?






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