Albert Torres was here!

Who is Albert?

On the inside Albert is just another guy who loves Salsa, he loves the music and he loves the dance. Because of his love for Salsa and his Puerto Rican heritage he now dedicates his life to promoting Salsa and Latin Music and Dance all around the world.

And he is good at it!!

Albert Torres has organised over 350 Salsa congresses internationally in all kinds of exotic places, including, Dubai, The United Arab Emirates, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Bulgaria, Romania, China, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Holland, Hamburg, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Ecuador, New Zealand, Australia, Puerto Rico, and in numerous cities across America. These congresses happen annually and are attended by thousands of people from the entire globe.

Why was Albert here?

Albert Torres came to Cape Town thanks to the careful planning of our friends Theo (TeddyBear) Mseka and Marcel Stevens. He came with two objectives. One was to visit the Salsa Community of Cape Town and to give a talk on the History of Salsa which happened on the 14th October 2012.

His second objective was to experience Cape Town, South Africa in order to plan the Cape Town Salsa Congress 2013…! Albert must have liked what he saw for the dates for the Cape Town Salsa Congress 2013 are 31 October to 3rd November 2013!!! It already has 2 international acts confirmed and is promising to be an amazing few days!

Albert  also visited Just Dancing Salsa…

On Wednesday 10 October 2012, Albert Torres visited Just Dancing Salsa at Barbosa Social Café!

 The evening started with our usual incredibly fun Improvers and Intermediate classes. With a great turn out, a photographer, and a bar two steps away, the evening rapidly turned into an absolute party. After the classes, the ladies put on some pretty dress and we all joined the awesome Wesley Solomon (from Tren Latino) and the incredibly talented Keith Coxon for some live latin and salsa beats on the deck. Here Albert was having his dinner, but he soon joined in and did his thing on the dance floor along with everyone else.  

With fun spins and foot leads, he lead the salseras  around the floor and shook hands with all the salseros. In this way we all met the man who was under the cap and behind the dark glasses, the man who has put into effect the Cape Town Salsa Congress 2013!!!

 Exciting times!!

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Don’t waste the music…

4 more sleeps… till…

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Saturday 13 October… Havana 1950s… It’s going to be AWESOME!

What to wear for the 1950s Havana Salsa Party!

Some of you might be wondering what you can wear for the upcoming 1950s Havana Party. So I decided to give you some ideas:

Men:

What you need to be thinking is Cuba: Cigars, hats, smart shirts, brightly coloured and braces. Much like these:

Ladies:

Your dress (yes, it should be a dress) should be along the lines of a sexy, classic style, cocktail dress- floral or brightly coloured. Flowers in the hair would be a GREAT idea- but make sure you have secured them well- you will be spinning quite a bit! Think ‘Dirty Dancing 2’ and you will be on the right track! Here is some inspiration:

See you all on the 13th October, if not before!!

The story of a Masquerader…

Arriving in the car park of Barbosa was nerve-wracking- you were wearing a mask and feeling a little bit silly… but as soon as you get out of the car another car load of people get out across the way and they too are masked! Immediately your feelings turn to hope! You smile at them and begin to walk inside.

Outside, the tables are empty- it is still winter and early in the evening, but when you round the corner you walk into another group of people- dressed to the nines and masked! Now you are nervously excited, this party could potentially be one to remember! Inside the DJ has begun playing and a much larger crowd is waiting at the bar, masked and hopeful!

The lesson begins, some are masked and some not, but the vibe is electric. It is an absolute squeeze! You would never have thought so many people could be in this room at the same time, never mind learning how to salsa in it! But nonetheless everyone is moving, everyone is learning! The music is played after a few steps have been explained, and the fun begins- some people are falling over their feet, others are getting their groove on, everyone is loving it! Masked faces are smiling and laughing!  Partners change, a new mask is dancing in front of you; you move with the music, the congas are by now beating in your heart. The lesson finishes, you have learnt your moves and are ready to party!

DJ Crazy A starts with a great song, people around you are hugging and greeting, chatting or running to replenish at the bar. Next to you a couple starts dancing, then you notice couples around you all spinning and moving while the music just gets better. Determined to join on the fun, you grab a partner and put into effect the moves you just learnt, soon you start playing with other moves. The happy bubble in your stomach grows and grows!

The song ends, you thank your partner, get a new one and dance the next song also. And the next one, and the next one. Eventually your thirst is greater than your need to dance and you finally make it to the bar. You get a drink and move to your group of friends. The hours roll swiftly by but you notice no time, you are having a blast- between friends and salsa, the bar and meeting new people and great music, you are loving it!

During a dance you notice the drums are highlighted in the current song, you look up and see a percussionist next to the DJ. He is rocking it out! DJ Crazy A lowers the music and the beat of percussionist Keith Coxon rises to a new level. Your blood pounds along with his salsa rhythm and you are bursting to match your movement to his exhilarating drumming. In the following songs Keith and the DJ get a brilliant groove going- an amazing party just got even better!

By the end of the night, or rather early the next morning your feet are burning, yet your heart is as high as a kite having spent your Saturday night in the perfect way!

Is this something of your experience last Saturday?

Welcome to Salsa, Masquerader!

Come and check out our weekly classes to up your moves…

THE NEXT PARTY:   13 OCTOBER! Watch this space for more info!!