¡Bailadores!

We are very excited about our upcoming trip to Seattle. We’ll be arriving in less than two weeks!

We’ll be offering workshops on two days: Sunday, October 24th and Tuesday, October 26th. The material for these classes will be ALL NEW — different from what we have taught in Seattle in the past. We’ll also be available for private lessons on Sunday 24th through Wednesday 27th ($50/hour). Please email us at ryanandsidney@gmail.com or call 301-775-6142 if you are interested.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way – MAP)

11:30am Ryan and Sidney’s Favorite Rueda (Group) Moves (Two levels)
12:30pm Ryan and Sidney’s Favorite Salsa Partnering Moves (Two levels)
1:30pm Changing Time with Clave: Mixing Salsa (ON 3) and Son (ON 2)
2:30pm Sidney’s Salsa Workout – Body Movement and Styling for Women and Men

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26 @ My World Dance Studio (849 Hiawatha Place South – MAP)

6:30pm Sidney’s Salsa Workout – Body Movement and Styling for Women and Men
7:30pm Musicality: Physicalizing the Rhythms and Accents of Salsa and Timba
8:30pm Roots of Salsa: Cuban Mambo

One class: $15 pre-reg / $20 door
Two classes: $25 pre-reg / $35 door
Each Additional Class: $10
All seven classes $65 pre-reg / $80 door

TO PREREGISTER, please make checks to Ryan Mead and send to:

Betsy Dischel, 9802 Linden Ave, N. Seattle 98103

Preregistration must be postmarked by Thursday, October 21st.

Hope to dance with you all soon!

Ryan and Sidney – www.RuedaConRitmo.com

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS ***All Classes Will Feature ALL NEW Material***

Ryan and Sidney’s Favorite Rueda (Group) Moves (Two levels)
In this workshop we will be teaching moves that incorporate all the dancers in the rueda, dancing not as a series of individual couples but as an entire group together. Sidney and Ryan will teach separately, so there will be two different levels dancing simultaneously (beginning and intermediate/advanced).

Ryan and Sidney’s Favorite Salsa Partnering Moves (Two levels)

Cuban-style salsa (sometimes called casino) is dynamic and circular, even when not danced in a circle (rueda). In this class we will teach some of our favorite one-on-one turn patterns (traditional and original) that we have learned from teachers and videos in Cuba, Miami, and across the US, as well as new and original moves that we have developed. Sidney and Ryan will teach separately, so there will be two different levels dancing simultaneously (beginning and intermediate/advanced).

Changing Time with Clave: Mixing Salsa (ON 3) and Son (ON 2)
Most people dance ‘on 1’ in the United States, but dancing ‘on 3’ is becoming more and more common in street dancing in Cuba. We think it’s important to be able to dance on any beat and to be able to switch between them based on what’s happening in the music. In this class we’ll show you how to switch back and forth between dancing ‘on 2’ (son time, contratiempo) and street-style salsa/casino ‘on 3.’ And beyond the how of switching time, we’ll delve into why you would want to switch: what cues to listen for and respond to in the music.

Sidney’s Salsa Workout – Body Movement and Styling for Women and Men – All Levels
In this highly energetic, full body workout, we explore salsa and related dances such as son, rumba, cha-cha-chá, and more. Through isolations we gain strength, flexibility and articulate expression throughout the entire body beginning with the core. We warm up with the basic salsa footwork and move on to explore more complex rhythmic variations, stylistic embellishments and related dance styles building towards completing the class with a dynamic and fun choreography.

Roots of Salsa: Cuban Mambo
Salsa is just the latest in a long lineage of Cuban dances, including Danzón, Son, Mambo, and many others. Just as the best Cuban bands include references to these older styles in their music, many of the best dancers incorporate elements of these older styles into their salsa dancing. In this class, we’ll teach the fundamental steps and body movement in the Cuban Mambo, and show you how to add these to your partner dancing.

Musicality: Physicalizing the Rhythms and Accents of Salsa and Timba
In this class we’ll use musical examples, counts, and clapping exercises to explain a few of the most common patterns and accents in Salsa and Timba music. Then, we’ll physicalize these rhythms using practical, use-at-the-club changes in footwork and body movement. This new rhythmic understanding will enhance your enjoyment of the music and invigorate your dancing, both in the rueda and with a partner. (We’ll cover All New Material, including the clave-based Cascara pattern, plus accents such as Bota and Marcha.)