Salsa on 2, New York Style

For those who wish to get the most out of their Salsa dancing, be sure to consider learning to dance Salsa on 2 (Mambo); taught during the weekly Sunday Salsa & Latin Social at the Chevy Chase Ballroom and DanceSport Center...

If you are intent on becoming a superior Salsa dancer and haven't yet attended the


classes and dancing withh Abdul Al-Ali
at the Chevy Chase Ballroom,


or the early Friday evening

Salsa on 2 classes and dancing.

Please take an evening to do so. I can without a doubt promise that there is not a better opportunity to receive some of the absolute best training available in Metropolitan Washington in this incredible dance In addition, the chance to get plenty of practice in the new figures after the classes are over every Sunday in a social, smoke-free, non loud-and-dreary "Bar and Night Club" environment is another major benefit, besides the fact that those who attend really are motivated to learn this dance and not just go through the motions. A trait which makes your dancing just that much more enjoyable. .

After hosting the Sunday Salsa Social with Abdul since April 6th of 2002, I confidently feel that breaking on 2 (which gives the followers much more time to complete their turns) unquestionably allows both partners the opportunity to accomplish so much more in the dance. Since the pause comes "During" the turns and cross-body leads, and not "before and afterwards" where they are less useful as when breaking on the 1. This creates more time for those who go on to learning more advanced figures and multiple turns to get the maximum possible results from their dancing. It also gives those who are not so advanced, but still doing basics more time and ease at accomplishing those figures.

As a 28-year veteran of dancing and teaching some form or another of all of the Ballroom, Latin, Country/Western, Hustle and Swing dances (I know...most of you weren't even born 28 years ago when I started teaching...so...you should listen to your elders...), I personally was not introduced to dancing Salsa on 2, New York Style until Abdul and I decided to conduct this weekly event together. After almost a year and a half, Abdul continues to come up with new and more "ingenious" shines and partnering figures each week. Many of which would be next to impossible to dance on 1, because of the extra time allowed while dancing on 2.

So if you really wish to become a superior dancer in Salsa, at least give yourself the opportunity to explore this incredible Salsa style. That is not to say that you "shouldn't" dance on 1, but rather you should be able to do both. You should definitely give yourself the opportunity of trying it and then you can decide for yourself without my or anyone else's opinion whether you wish to persue it.

And when other dancers or teachers attempt to discourage you from dancing on 2 (which I'm informed that they very often do to students), ask them first if they are doing so out of experience or lack of it. Too often people discourage others from doing things that they know little or nothing about, which has definitely been my experience with almost all of those discouraging Salsa on 2. Why would anyone encourage people to dance what they don't know or can't teach? The truth is they wouldn't. There truly is no comparison as to the results that one can ultimately get out of the dance with the extra time available when breaking on the 2nd beat of music.

Every week Abdul, myself and our talented assistants offer both brand new beginner, as well as intermediate /advanced classes going at the same time from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, as does Shaka Brown and myself on early Friday evenings. In the future we hope to occasionally offer some additional highly qualified and talented guest instructors to the line-up as guest teachers.

 

JOIN ME AND THE INCREDIBLY TALENTED aBDUL aL-aLI FOR The weekly

(Click here for Salsa Social information)

PLUS THE MONDAY EVENING SALSA ON 2, NEW YORK STYLE BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE CLASSES ON MONDAY EVENINGS AT

THE YMCA, NATIONAL CAPITAL
,
1711 R.I. AVE., NW, WASHINGTON DC
(DUPONT CIRCLE & FARRAGUT N RED LINE METRO STATIONS)

(The YMCA beginner class is on both 1 & 2, so you can dance with ANYONE who asks you.
Not just with those who dance one style or another)


Where you'll find the ultimate in both beginner and intermediate


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for a one-page flyer of
Terry's complete dance class schedule

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to print, send or give to a friend a dance class discount
"2-for-the-price-of-1 pass"
good toward any of Terry Chasteen's dance classes
when one of those attending is for their first time...

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for a one-page flyer of Terry's complete list of
Ballroom & Swing classes

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for a one-page flyer of Terry's complete list of
Salsa classes

For some great practice opportunities in your dancing:

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to print or send a one-page flyer on the Friday or Saturday evening
Salsa, Ballroom, Hustle, C/W & Swing
"Dance-&-Learn Parties"

including mini-classes and dancing at the Chevy Chase Ballroom

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to download a Dance-&-Learn Party
"2-for-the-price-of-1 pass"
when one of those attending is for their first time...

Click here
to print or send a one-page flyer of the early Friday evening Salsa on 2
"Mambo-holics Anonymous Salsa classes & dancing"

with Terry & Shaka Brown at the Chevy Chase Ballroom.

Click here
to print or send a one-page flyer on the Sunday afternoon
"Salsa on 1 classes & dancing"
with Terry & Danielle Areco of "Art In Motion" at the Chevy Chase Ballroom

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to print or send a one-page flyer on the early Sunday evening
"Hustle & West Coast Swing classes & dancing"
with Terry & Frank Glowczewski at the Chevy Chase Ballroom

Click here
to print or send a one-page flyer on the early Sunday evening
"Sunday Salsa Social classes & dancing"
with Terry & Abdul Al-Ali at the Chevy Chase Ballroom

Click here
to download a Sunday Salsa Social
"2-for-the-price-of-1 pass"
when one of those attending is for their first time...

Click here
to print or send a one-page flyer for the next
"Chevy Chase Ballroom Showcase"
including professional & amateur performances, refreshments,
plenty of general dancing, plus a free beginner mini-lesson in Salsa & Swing.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend any of the classes and dance events, including both singles and couples, as well as same-gender couples and the seeing and hearing impaired. You need not come with a partner...But you NEED to COME!! Absolutely no previous dance experience necessary for most of the classes, unless indicated as a Beginner + or intermediate level class)

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