Why dancers struggle with timing and musicality and what you can do about it
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Ever since we developed Salsa Grooves we have received many success stories from Salsa Grooves users from all over the World. Not only from instructors who want to effectively teach timing and rhythm, but also from students who use it to practice dancing on time as well as develop a clear understanding of salsa rhythms. 

As dance instructors we have found that one of the main challenges Salsa dancers face is that of staying on time. Most people can quickly learn patterns, footwork, and even spinning, but for some reason timing is one that even advanced dancers struggle with.  Part of this phenomenon is related to the fact that timing is learned through our auditory sense, not through our visual sense, as it is the case with patterns and footwork. Many dancers follow primarily two types of learning styles: kinesthetic and visual. 

For a dancer to become very musical, s/he also needs to develop the ability to learn the music the way a musician would, through the auditory system.
For a dancer to become very musical, s/he also needs to develop the ability to learn the music the way a musician would, through the auditory system.

Salsa Grooves excels in this arena because it helps developing our auditory system by taking advantage of our most developed learning styles, kinesthetic and visual. Here is a breakdown of these three styles:

Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners: learn through moving, doing and touching...

Most dancers fall in this category. These people learn best through a hands-on approach, actively exploring the physical world around them. They may find it hard to sit still for long periods and may become distracted by their need for activity and exploration.

Auditory Learners: learn through listening...

They learn best through verbal lectures, discussions, talking things through and listening to what others have to say. Auditory learners interpret the underlying meanings of speech through listening to tone of voice, pitch, speed and other nuances.

Visual Learners: learn through seeing...

Most dancers also fall in this category. These learners need to see the teacher's body language and facial expression to fully understand the content of a lesson. They tend to prefer standing at the front of the classroom to avoid visual obstructions.

Salsa Grooves' unique teaching approach, LISTEN - VISUALIZE - PRACTICE, targets each one of the 3 learning styles, AUDITORY - VISUAL -  KINESTHETIC.
Salsa Grooves' unique teaching approach, LISTEN - VISUALIZE - PRACTICE, targets each one of the 3 learning styles, AUDITORY - VISUAL -  KINESTHETIC.

LISTEN to the rhythm or combination of rhythms of your choice. Adjust the volume of each individual rhythm to fine-tune your ears and develop the ability to distinguish any rhythm when played within a Salsa song. This allows us to feel more connected with the music because instead of performing the footwork we learn anywhere within a song, we'll be able to do it when it actually matches the beats accentuated by the rhythms being played!

VISUALIZE what you are listening to. For most dancers, being able to see what we are listening to is what makes us quickly understand the relationship between the music and the dance steps. Seeing the pattern of every rhythm enables us to quickly develop a mental image of the beats accentuated. This allows us to feel freer when dancing because instead of having to count throughout the song in order to stay on time, we can simply listen to the rhythms being played and we'll know exactly what beat we're on! 

PRACTICE your footwork and patterns to the Salsa rhythms of your choice at the tempo you select.

Whatever your style of learning, Salsa Grooves will help you develop a clearer sense of timing and musicality by visually isolating each salsa rhythm on its own so you can learn to recognize it and dance to it within a salsa song. This is the easiest way to stay on time without having to count while you are executing your patterns or following!

For more information about Salsa Grooves, please visit our online store at www.SalsaGrooves.com

Enjoy the dance, the music, the art !

Azucena Perez & Carlos Leon
Artistic Directors
Jazzy Dance Company

 
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