We Make You Move We Make You Move

We Make You Move

When we formed Salsabrosa, we knew it was important to bring together the most talented Latin musicians in the Twin Cities. We also made a conscious decision to “bring salsa to the masses” in a very personal way: through the dances themselves.

By making dance instruction part of every Salsabrosa performance, we’re able to share the energy and exhilaration that we feel as musicians by inviting Latin music lovers to the dance floor. In fact, the West African rhythms of our music make it almost impossible to resist moving your body.

And, while salsa, bachata and merengue are a complex musical blend of passion, energy, and vitality, learning to move to these Latin rhythms isn’t complicated at all. After a few minutes with our expert instructors, you’ll have the dance steps - and the confidence - to take you through an exhilarating night of dance.

Salsabrosa loves bringing salsa to you ... and we look forward to seeing your passion on the dance floor.

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History Of Salsa History Of Salsa

History Of Salsa

Salsa is a word that inspires an energy rush for Latin music fans all over the globe. The rhythm and energy of the music sends millions of non-Latinos to the dance floor where they meet their Latin neighbors.

There’s a lot of discussion around where salsa was actually born. Many believe that salsa is simply a newer version of older, traditional Afro-Cuban forms and rhythms. Cuban and Puerto Rican communities throughout Latin America and the United States are responsible for shaping most of the steps we see today. Between 1930 and 1960, there were musicians from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and South America coming to New York to perform. They brought their own native rhythms and musical forms with them, but as they listened to each other and played music together, the musical influences mixed, fused and evolved.

Originally, Salsa was not a rhythm in its own right, but a name given in the 1970s to various Cuban-derived genres, such as Son, Mambo and Son Montuno. Many of the old school musicians insist that there is no such thing as salsa. Tito Puente, the renowned Puerto Rican bandleader and drummer, summed up the feelings of many when he said: “I’m a musician, not a cook.”

The musical hybridization was not a one-way street. The music went back to Cuba, Puerto Rico and South America and continued to evolve there. It evolved a little differently in each place, so that today we have Cuban salsa, Puerto Rican salsa, Colombian salsa, etc. They all have the driving, electric energy that is the hallmark of the salsa form, but they also have the distinctive sounds of their country of origin.

Read about the different salsa dance styles on our blog!

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Our Instructors Our Instructors

Our Instructors

Since dance instruction and performance are so integral to our shows, we knew it was vital to find a charismatic lead dancer that could dazzle with his moves, dream up riveting choreographies, and move large crowds with his instruction. We “won the lottery” when we discovered Hanna Kuluvar Esparza, Jae Hailé Phillips, Chini Yeniel Perez. Regardless of the event, their artistic versatility, genius and passion for the dances, bring audiences to their feet wherever they go.- See more Here.

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Salsa Lesson Salsa Lesson

Salsa Lesson

Salsa hooks people right away with it’s sensual and dramatic dance moves and beginners love the fact that you can go from wallflower to Latin Travolta in a matter of minutes with some basic instruction. Another attraction is the social aspect of this and other Latin styles, such as bachata, merengue and cha cha cha. It’s normal to meet and dance with many different people during a Salsabrosa show, which leads to new friendships and fresh moves! Here you will find a series of videos that we call “A Salsa Minute with Jae Hailé Phillips” in which you get an introduction to some fun basic salsa moves as well as the style of our beloved instructor/performer/emcee!

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