with Kevin Cullinen
In this class, we will start with the fundamentals of Mambo or New York style salsa, with a focus on learning basic timing and footwork. Unlike L.A. style or On1 salsa, New York style is danced 'On2', with the break steps happening on the '2' and '6' counts of the music. On2 is known for its very relaxed and elegant style, and was popularized by Eddie Torres (the Mambo King). For the second half of the class, we will take those basic concepts and apply them to some simple partnerwork patterns that you can take to the social dance floor.
About the teacher:
Kevin has been dancing Salsa for over 5 years, getting his start with Santa Rosa Salsa in 2011 and training and performing for the last two years with the Salsamania Dance Company in Oakland, under the direction of renowned salsa instructors and World Champions Jhon Narvaez and Liz Rojas. In addition, Kevin, has attended countless salsa, cha cha, and bachata workshops at the numerous Salsa festivals he has attended over the last 5 years. Kevin formerly taught a weekly cha cha class and co-directed the Salsa Ole training team in 2015 and has assisted in numerous salsa and bachata lessons for Santa Rosa Salsa events. Kevin will be competing with his partner and with the Salsamania On1 team at the World Latin Dance Cup this December in Miami.
- 1st place, 2015 World Latin Dance Cup Champion - Amateur Male Salsa Soloist
- 1st place, 2015 World Latin Dance Cup Champion - ProAm Salsa On2 Lady Lead
- 1st place, Amateur On2 Salsa Couple at the 2016 San Francisco Salsa Festival Competition.