on the World-Wide-Web
is where you will find where to go if you want to dance tonight.
is the definitive source for salsa information in the New York City
York Mambo This site is similar to the above one: they have a calendar
of upcoming events and list the places to be in the Big Apple. The big
difference: they do it in Spanish, and they are not so picky about the
way you dance your mambo.
"A Web Magazine Dedicated To Latin Music, Dance, and Culture" with lots
of pictures and downloadable movies, with an emphasis on New York and
the salsa world congress in Puerto Rico.
has a huge gallery of pictures taken at New York's most popular salsa
party's. Have a look, book a flight, and check them out in person !
is about salsa in Toronto. Because of the large number of interesting
articles, it should attract a much wider audience.
Fix A salsa news center. Updated frequently. Nothing published on
the web or in a newsgroup and of interest to a die-hard salsero escapes
the maintainers of this site. And you can contribute yourself.
Our favorite teachers in NY
Torres is the godfather of the NY salsa scene. They call him the
Mambo King. Most NY based teachers started as one of his students. His
dance company still is one of the best. The way we dance is very much
inspired by this man's teachings.
Latina Dance Co. is Nelson Flores and friends. Nelson is without
any doubt the most energetic and inventive dance teacher that we have
ever met. His classes are fun and exciting.
Thomas is the grand master of style and technique. He can make you
move parts of your body you didn't know you had. He can teach you how
to move your arms without looking like a goose at takeoff or how to
do a double corkscrew turn without landing flat on your face.
with Mario, Mario Diaz that is. He has been around for a while,
as a performer and teacher and now he has his own website.
Latin Dance Co. is one of the newcomers on in the New-York mambo
scene. It is the dance company lead by Frankie Martinez, a promising
new teacher, choreographer and performer.
Ocasio finally got her own website. This lady is one of the few
teachers who really go back to the basics: the music. She teaches mambo
and also rumba by making you listen and understand the music.
History and theory of Latin music and dance
101 is a collection of excerpts from a few papers published by The
American Museum of Natural History in NYC a couple of years ago. Very
interesting for any student of Latin music history.
is the website managed by Izzy Sanabria, a name that should ring a bell
for everyone who is interested in the Fania era of salsa music. He was
the designer of many record sleeves and posters (of which you can find
reproductions on this site) and he was the Fania All Stars "official"
MC. In this last function he was responsible for popularizing the word
"Salsa" as a name for the genre. But read for yourself what
he has to say about this story and many other contemporary issues (like
the Cuba vs. Puerto Rico thing).
Salsa/Mambo Timing A very clear exposition of the timing controversy
in the mambo dance.
Dance Australia is big site stuffed with interesting articles about
the history and technical aspects of salsa, mambo, cha-cha-cha and even
merengue and samba.
The African Roots of Salsa A very interesting but somewhat difficult
article about one of the basic rhythmic patterns of salsa. Written by
a rather famous jazz musician.
rhythms is about Latin percussion. All important rhythmic patterns
that are at the basis of salsa and Latin jazz are discussed. Clave,
tumbao, cascara, ... If you have the right hard- and software installed,
you can even listen to some sound bites.
Dance Floor Etiquette is not about how to ask a lady do dance in
a gentlemanly fashion but about the basic principles everyone should
follow so that no one gets hurt on the dance floor. Mambo is not kickboxing
Lead is a very clear and concise article on what leading is all
about. Guys - and also ladies - if you ever read anything about the
technique of dancing, it simply has to be this short piece (except from
the stuff on this website of course).
The Heart and Soul of Salsa History. A website dedicated to the
acknowledgement, preservation and promotion of the Afro-Latin music/dance
traditions which have shaped the evolution of modern day Salsa.
Salsa Dance Tips from the Latin Crew. Very useful, not only for
Latin music sites
is the ultimate source for information on salsa and Latin jazz CD's.
They are actually a web-based mail-order company, but their prices can
be a bit over the top. Use this site as a catalogue. You can subscribe
to their mailing list if you want to know all about new CD releases.
All Music Guide is exactly what the name implies : a huge encyclopedia
of music, all kinds of music. But they do their stuff so thoroughly
that I can really recommend this site also for such a specialized genre
as Latin music.
Flute Kings is a site dedicated to one of our favorite styles of
salsa music - charanga - and the typical sound of it's characteristic
instrument - the flute.
is an MP3 site hosting nothing but Latin music. As far as we know it
is the only one of it's kind.
99.5 FM is a NYC based noncommercial radio station with an excellent
Latin music program Ritmo Con Ache that is on from 12h00 to
16h00 EST every Sunday afternoon. You can listen to them over the Internet
89.1 FM is another NYC based noncommercial radio station. Their
Latin music program is called Que Viva La Música and it is
on from 12h00 to 16h00 EST every Saturday afternoon. You can listen
to them over the Internet using Windows Media Player.
Beat is the brand new website of one of the most influential periodicals
dedicated to Latin music. Their website still has to grow a little but
their top-20 lists are certainly worth a visit.
of Puerto Rico is dedicated to exploring the full breadth and
depth of Puerto Rican music. Most interesting is the extensive
list of artist biographies. From Omar Alfano over the Palmieri brothers
and Tito Puento to Victor Manuelle and Gilberto Santa Rosa. But what
are Ruben Blades and Celia Cruz doing here?
Update: hey, at least someone is reading these pages, and this
time it is no one less than the editor of this excellent site. He points
out that the answer to my question can be found right here.
Thanks for letting us know!
Music Lyrics is for those of you who like to sing along with the
music while dancing. Part of the TOsalsa.com
Friends around the globe
Our friend Neil's personal site. Check his pictures of the Brussels
salsa congress this year.
del Mambo is a site created by the Leuven, Belgium based dancer/teacher/DJ
Changuito. He was one of the first on-2 dancers in Belgium
and he actually was one of the founding members of the Nuyorican Co.
Squashcenter has created a full page about salsa in Dutch. The NuYorican
Co is teaching here every friday evening.
Maastricht lists information on salsa events in the neighborhood
of Maastricht and the Dutch - Belgian border region.
Music Antwerp cultural website with general information about the
Latino world in Antwerp, its neighborhood and the Netherlands
The homepage of a Norwegian on-2 dance teacher. So you thought those
Nordic people were immune to Latin music ? We Nuyoricans know better
is the homepage of the Paris based teacher Cliford Jasmin and his assistant
Valérie Mitchelson. They are trying to spread the on-2 gospel in France
and apparently with great success. You can read an interview with Cliford
is a website set up by our friend Julien, a real Cuba and salsa afficionado
and above all: an excellent photographer.
Have a look at this website if you are wondering where the girls dancing
above the crowds during the 2001 indoor Antilliaanse Feesten
got those sexy "On 2" tops.
is a Belgium based band of mixed European and Latin American origin
that brings you Afro-Cuban and Caribean music: salsa, merengue, son,
cumbia, bolero, guajira. With 11 musicians, they claim to be the largest
Latino band in Belgium.
This is website targeted to the Latino community of Brussels. Their
Agenda Cultural is the most interesting part: as far as I can
tell it is very up-to-date and complete. Oh yes, you better speak some
Spanish when visiting this site.
every Friday and Saturday, the place to be in Antwerp for Salsa thanks
to DJ Pepe.
The website of our friend and co-teacher Jeroen.
Information about Latin American culture in Belgium
it is all the information in Montreal about salsa events, bands, clubs,
schools, and more in Montreal Canada! (in French but can be translated
is the site of Cesar, a super friendly collague and talented dancer-teacher
is the site of Karine Vander Marliere, a very active teacher-salsera
in the region of Gent, specialized in Cuban Salsa.
no links page is complete without this
Salsa lessen in
Brussel, Leuven, Mechelen & Antwerpen