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YA Salsa offers up a hot mix of opportunities for learning how to dance to Afro Cuban music beats

Salsa danced at one of the YA Salsa dance socials.
Salsa danced at one of the YA Salsa dance socials.
Photo courtesy of Jamin Williams and YA Salsa
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Have you danced the Salsa before, but just need a quick refresher course before hitting the dance floor?  Have you secretly desired to learn a Latin dance, but were just too shy to give yourself a chance?  Or, did you just fly in from Miami to Metro Airport, looking for a dance partner who can keep up with you as you heat up the dance floor with your hot Salsa dance moves?

Whichever above category you fit in to, you will find a home with the YA Salsa.

They meet, usually, at the American Legion Post in Farmington.  The group is part of YA Salsa, a non-profit devoted to promoting the Salsa dance and music scene in Metro Detroit.  The next dance social is this Sunday with a live band and with an expected large turnout.

They usually meet on Sundays from 5:30 till 10 pm.  From 5:30 - 6:30 there is both a beginners and intermediate dance class to choose from, followed by three plus hours of the dance social.

Jamin Williams organizes both the Detroit Salseros at Meetup.Com and the Ypsilanti Salsa Meetup Group.

One of the things we are "trying to do with this Salsa community is one, all focused on the music and dance of Salsa," said Williams.  "Secondly we are trying to create [in accordance with our mission statement] an environment where all levels of Salsa reside."

YA Salsa organizes monthly events.  Their website has details on those events and other Salsa events in the metro area.

Williams emphasized the broad way in which his group promotes the growth of Salsa.

"If you really want to grow the community," said Williams, "you need to create an environment where there is more frequency [of Salsa related events] and it is easy for people to find out where to go to take classes, other concerts going on that have to do with Salsa, whatever other kinds of events there are etcetera."

He went on to explain the relationships between Salsa, ballroom dancing, and Latin dancing. "With Ballroom dancing you are not just talking about one dance," said Williams, "you are talking about several dances.  Salsa would fall within that. The Ballroom [dances] are like your Foxtrot, and Waltzes, Tangos, that type of thing.  With Latin dancing there are several different dances that fall within that category:  your Merengues, Cha Chas, Kumbia, and Salsa. Salsa Dance is just one dance...Salsa dancing is a partner dance, its fast paced, it's a dance on a Clave beat ... That's generally the rhythm it's danced to."

The Salsa dance is "rather simple, said Williams, "but it is very versatile. With the basic steps there is alot of variations you can take on the steps to make the moves for the dance, the moves with your partner are almost infinite.  And, there's lots of spinning involved...and lots of Afro Cuban body movements that are involved with the hips, and with the shoulders."

Williams said that YA Salsa strives to create "an environment to make it easy to get into Salsa. The community itself is the first part...The experienced people are really friendly, so anybody who shows up whose wanting to learn, and is excited about it, you almost instantly have a big community of friends already...There is people from all different skill levels who would love to dance with you."

So if Salsa dancing takes over as a major dance of choice in this country, as did Salsa sauce did for tomato-based condiments, then check out the next YA Salsa social event so you can be ready to heat up the dance floor with your Salsa dance mix.


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