Posted on January 16, 2013
Bring the sounds of salsa to life on the dancefloor Lee Knights, aka Salsa Lee, one of the UK’s top instructors and experts on musicality, at Greenwich Dance’s Tuesday-evening salsa classes.
The classes will take place in Greenwich Borough Hall until on Tuesdays until March 26, from 8.15pm to 9.15pm. There is also a chance to try out casino (Cuban-style salsa) with Salsa Lee at a one-off taster session on Thursday, February 14 from 7pm to 8pm.
The course is the first of its kind – an integrated look at the unique Salsa con Musicality Dance System, created by Salsa Lee. Week on week, Lee takes dancers – from complete beginners to the more experienced – through the essentials of the Cuban salsa.
The course will cover basic footwork, timing, movement from the core, lead and follow technique in partner-work, classic moves, body movement and connecting basic steps with music. Over its duration, dancers will be introduced to some of the special ingredients that give the salsa its unique, spicy character. There will be an opportunity to explore salsa instrument patterns, changing your dance style to suit changes in the music, and some of the Latin styles that are part and parcel of salsa, like rueda de casino (Cuban circle dancing), Cuban rumba and the Orishas (Cuban folkloric dances).
Lee says: “I was lucky. I got to spend a year with Alex Wilson working on our book, Find the Rhythm, going deeper into the dance and the music. This enabled me to make all-important connections between salsa as a style and rhythm, which for me, makes it so much more fun, joyful and rich. Teaching a course at Greenwich Dance is a huge advantage over drop-in classes, as I can work with dancers, help them grow and develop as individuals, and pass on some of the secrets I learned.”
Lee Knights is an experienced, qualified International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA) instructor, choreographer and performer. For more on salsa evening classes with Greenwich Dance, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, London SE10 8RE, see www.greenwichdance.org.uk or call 020 8293 9741. The five-week course costs £35 (concessions available).