Wellington has been the base for salsa in Telford for nearly 15 years and attracts dancers from Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton. Cannock. Newtown, Stourbridge, Stafford, Birmingham and other parts of the West Midlands for the monthly Late & Latin salsa socials and classes. We are not professionals dancers, this is our hobby, albeit an addictive one! Social salsa is nothing like a certain TV programme which is from the world of ballroom. Authentic salsa is a street dance, is improvised and made up of a combination of different dances using pulsating Latin, Cuban & African rhythms. Over time you can learn Cuban, LA & New York salsa, merengue, bachata, bachatango, reggeaton, kizomba and even a little nuevo tango!
Salsa is one of the most popular modern, social dance genres. It attracts people of all ages and backgrounds, is multi-cultural and one of the best forms of exercise too. It is a fabulous night out as people get the vibrant club atmosphere but without all the drunken antics since it is considered very bad manners and disrespectful to their partner to be intoxicated on the dance floor!!
Wellington also now hosts a kizomba club which runs on Wednesdays at the Sanctuary Cafe, which is the first and only one of its kind in Shropshire. Kizomba is one of the newest partner dance forms which was introduced to the UK in 2006. It was quickly embraced by the salsa community and is now part of their repertoire of dances. It is rapidly growing in popularity in the UK in its own right so we are delighted to be the first in Shropshire to offer this and showcase it for the festival.G
LATIN DANCE TIMETABLE
1.00 – 1.30: Merengue; this is a fun, party dance with very simple steps from Dominican Republic. Ladies often dance this together, it is improvised and great way to introduce people to the joys of salsa!
1.40 – 2.20: Bachata; this is a close embrace partner dance, slower & romantic dance using beautiful smooth music also from Dominican Republic
2.30 – 3.00: La Rueda; this is a circular salsa style from Cuba danced with a group of friends, where one person calls out a move for everyone to perform. It sometimes goes wrong which is part of the fun!
ALL SAINTS CHURCH PARISH CENTRE:
4.00pm – 4.30pm Kizomba Basics for partner dancing. This is a traditional African dance sometimes known as Angolan Tango due to the fact it is chest led in very close embrace. Music is extremely beautiful, smooth and melodic.
4.30pm – 6.00pm Kizomba Freestyle Dancing for all comers
High energy salsa for the evening social dance and great way to end the festival!
6.30pm – 7.00pm: Doors open and some demo dances to show what has been learned during the earlier part of the day.
7.00pm – 7.30pm : Salsa part 1 – Basic Steps for LA style salsa in preparation for the partner dance
7.45pm – 8.30pm : Salsa part 2 – Simple Partner Dance Routine using the basics steps
8.30pm – 9.30pm : Practice, Freestyle dancing & Latin Line Dances to end evening