‘SALSA’ is the Modern name for the popular latin American dance originating from Cuba, Latin America, and North America, This dance style has had many influences over the years from a variety of countries, creating the lively and upbeat dance we all know and love today.
At Dance Revolution we focus and specialise in New York style Salsa, and in classes we concentrate on partner-work, as well as body movement, and footwork (shines).
This style emphasises the efficiency of movement, elegance, and body isolations. New York style Salsa is recognised and considered to be one of the best in the world, especially in terms of spinning technique & shines. The idea of this style is that ‘the man is the frame, and the woman is the picture’, allowing the lady to style her arms, hips, upper body, and head during partner-work.
This particular style of dance (and music) has its origins in the ‘Mambo Era’ when Cuban music was introduced to New York in the 1950’s. This was also known as the ‘palladium Era’, when the music and dance was still called Mambo.
In New York Salsa the timing of the dance is strictly on the 2nd beat (on 2). This style draws from numerous other American dance traditions including Jazz, Swing, Hustle, Tap, and Ballroom. Afro-Cuban dance has also played a part in the formation of the New York style. Cuban Rumba styling is also influential, and is often used in this dance. Despite various outside influences, the New York style and how it is danced today is still as a whole considered to be a distinctly New York creation.
Kizomba dancing & music originate from Angola, with the word Kizomba itself deriving from the Angolan word ‘party’.
This Angolan dance and music style is taking the dance world by a storm and has become extremely popular all over the world now, and is rapidly growing in the western part.
We focus on partner-work, body movement and musicality in our classes at Dance Revolution.
Kizomba is often described as the dance where ‘two people dance as one’. This means connection & musicality between two dancers is paramount. The dance is very natural, and by no means contrived. Kizomba music and dance have derived from another Angolan dance called ‘Semba’ (not to be confused with Samba). Both Semba and Kizomba can be danced socially in the same way, it is just the attitude and playfulness of the two that tend to differ.
Kizomba like other styles taught at Dance Revolution, is a partner dance (danced with two people with a leader and a follower). This dance is danced with a smooth and natural flow, with relaxed knees and free body movement…especially in the lower body as chest to chest contact is necessary in Kizomba.
People are often confused about what Kizomba is exactly as there are many ‘modern’ and fused adaptations of the dance. But the elegance and somewhat simplicity of authentic Kizomba is not to be misunderstood for the dance itself being easy. If dance and especially African dance is not something you have been exposed to, then Kizomba like other styles of dance, can take a while to understand and execute the basics and fundamentals. For this reason we focus a lot on the basic techniques and fundamentals in our beginners classes.
Bachata is a style of dance that originates from the Dominican Republic. It is danced widely all over the world now, and in a variety of styles.
The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat. The movement of the hips is very important, and generally, most of the dancer’s movement is in the lower body up to the hips. Although the formerly mentioned fundamentals of the dance are important, there are now a variety of styles and variations of this dance. Bachata can be described as ‘Dominican Bachata’ (the original style), Bachata Moderna, Bachatango, and most recently, Sensual Bachata. At Dance Revolution we focus on Dominican and Moderna styles of Bachata although we take inspiration from many areas of the discipline.
Belly dance is a Western-coined name for the famous Middle Eastern dance. Many experts say belly dancing is the oldest form of dance, having roots in all ancient cultures from the orient, mid-East, and India.
Throughout history, this ritualised expression has usually been performed for other women, generally during fertility rites or parties preparing a young woman for marriage, or to embrace her body.
This dance celebrates the female body in every sense, empowering her, giving her confidence and strengthening her body. No matter what size, age, or background, Belly Dance will surely benefit you. It is a great workout, toning and strengthening not only your core, but all other muscles in your body, such as your arms, glutes, legs and back. In addition to the health and fitness benefits, the dance teaches you how to move your body (especially hips and stomach) in ways you may have never imagined possible. The dance itself is beautiful and passionate, making a woman feel beautiful and strong.
This class gives ladies a platform to feel sassy, sexy, and elegant whilst having a fun time learning new dance techniques and choreographies. All our ladies let go of the day’s stress whilst they whip their hair and roll their hips to the best music.
This popular class has taken Dance Revolution by a storm. These ‘Strut & Style’ classes are designed, structured, and choreographed by our Director Jaleh Fallah. The choreographies and movements learnt in class are inspired by Jaleh’s own personal sassy and elegant dance style, and experience as a performer. There is a lot of emphasis on hip movements and undulations, as well as stylish footwork & arm movement patterns. The music leans towards popular, modern music often with a Latin, afro, or urban twist. Jaleh uses RnB, Reggaeton, Salsa, Kizomba and remixes of numerous styles to create her dances. The styles of dance that Jaleh mixes are mainly Street, Salsa, Reggaeton, Dancehall, Kizomba, and Belly Dance (body isolations). Check out our FB page or videos tab to check out some more videos.