Re: speed of Salsa Posted by terence2 2/15/2008 11:59:00 PM
PLEASE PLEASE do not classify Salsa as a ballroom dance !!
The very thing we are trying to do as Pros is retain its integrity .
The songs of salsa cover a variety of speeds that CANNOT be controlled by strict tempo . If one attempted to do that-- it would begin to look regimented--thats the one thing it ISNT, and thats why it has a world wide appeal .
World class salsa bands and groups play songs at different speeds for reasons-- its all about telling a story. Cuban Son and Guaganco are written at different tempos for a reason, as are Guajiras( they even change into the original form of Cha )
The " Son " rhythm that dictates ALL " rumbas" ( thats a collective term )is divided into 2 categories- Rumba clave and Son clave-- all this is tied into the composition of the music-- you CANNOT regulate that .
We have already messed up-- beyond recognition-- every latino dance we get our hands on -- and this one does not need to follow suit .
Before you start giving declaritive statements about tempos-- you need education into the culture and its music ( Ive spent 50yrs doing this, and am STILL learning ! )