Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mestizo Dancing

We will go over this in alphabetical order: Some of these dances will be in the repertoire of the DJs of Danza Mestiza in this decade.

"I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything,
but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do
interfere with what I can do."

Argentine Tango:  

An intensely passionate dance that will capture your feet and your soul. Your life will never be the same as you enter the nocturnal world of ochos, sentadas, and milongas. On any given night, NYC provides dancers with many Tango dance spots to hone their new steps and technique. Enjoyable at any level, Tango becomes more physically and intellectually rewarding as your relationship with the Buenos Aires-born dance deepens.

As the Milonga it is truly a Mestizo dance, beginning 2 or even 3000 years back as a solo Indian cat dance. With no accents, only a constant beat. They were affected by the instruments brought in by the Europeans, specially the Bandoneon by the Germans, And then the Staccato rhythm from Europe. Not really the last, but with the syncopation, it became Tango

Other versions of Tango music and dance have evolved, the Nordic Tango (Finnish) and the Oriental Tango (Chinese.)  Then there those dances which are now part of the American and International Styles of Ballroom Dancing. Whether it's the Argentine Tango or another style, this sultry dance will set your soul on fire!

"Nostalgias" By Placido Domingo


Bachata is coming fad fashion and is a style of dance that accompanies music of the same name. With origins in the Dominican Republic, it borrows from the Cuban Bolero, and is sometimes referred to as the "blues music of the Dominican Republic." Traditionally, it’s based strongly around the guitar and is a romantic dance. But very strongly country style.

However, many variations of the Bachata have evolved over the years. The dance is a four-step beat and; action achieved with a walking Cuban hip motion, and a one-beat unique “pop,” hip motion, or pause. The young in Hawaii are really going for it.

"Moliendo Cafe" By Azucar Moreno

Not from Africa, that's for sure.

Cha Cha Cha:

A spicy, upbeat Latin dance that is related to the Mambo (a slower version.) This dance gained popularity in Mexico City and on the streets of NYC in the late '50's and '60's. The name has been shorten to "Cha" and  "Cha Cha" and is a favorite with jazz musicians and the Latin Community for a sound, like no other.

The Cha Cha music of today is still as exciting as ever in spite of the warmed over versions being played in Hawaii. It is not "you can dance Cha Cha to it, it is you have to dance Cha Cha to it." It is such a versatile dance that it can easily be done to many different styles of music from classic Tito Puente to Santana and Ricky Martin.

"Green Eyes" By Jimmy Dorsey


This dance originated in the Latin communities of New York City and Miami in the early 70's to replace the Samba which had too many basic patterns. Hollywood sparked a nationwide craze when John Travolta strutted his stuff in "Saturday Night Fever." Today's favored form of the Hustle is a 3-count Latin "street" Hustle.

Easily danced to disco music and most upbeat pop music, the Hustle incorporates fun, syncopated patterns and many exciting turns…it is a sure crowd pleaser on any night of the week! Like the Brazilian samba it can be dance to slow, medium and fast music. It has been phasing into the Palladium dance.