Spain is famous for Flamenco, we all know this! Here at LAE Madrid we are keeping up with the trends, and right now Latino dance is becoming more and more popular in Madrid. LAE Madrid’s cultural activity, “Spicy Spanish Salsa Lessons”, is a fun, music-filled event to get everyone ready to talk and dance at the clubs. This cultural activity is full of lessons on “Sexy Spanish,” as taught by one of LAE Madrid’s teachers, Jaume. He uses his talent with words to teach students brand new Spanish phrases, which are always explained and shared along with servings of Sangría to pass around. For example, the common pick up line, “Tu madre tiene que ser pastelera, ¡Porque un bombón como tú no lo hace cualqueria!” is new to many when they arrive in Madrid. Jaume informed us that it is quite a compliment here in Spain! Students have the chance to practice phrases like these with each other, and even re-enact a realistic club situation. By the end of the Spanish lesson portion, students are ready to dance!
Students learn the basics of Salsa dance in a fun and easy way — even those who claim they can’t dance! Repeating “uno, dos, tres…cinco, seis siete,” in your mind is the key — you’ll most likely say it in your sleep after a night of salsa lessons. In Salsa, the dancer needs to keep up the beat in a sequence of three: a pause between three and five, and seven to one — since a beat usually ends at eight. The teacher will walk you through basic steps while dancing solo at first, followed by applying these techniques with partners and music. This process repeats itself throughout the lesson as the difficulty progresses.
A nice surprise at the end of our salsa lesson is an introduction to a different form of dance, bachata! Students will use their salsa skills from earlier in the lesson, changing the technique slightly to adapt to the new dance. All students leave the event having expanded their horizons in both language and dance. Also, our salsa teacher recommends a Salsa club where you can practice on the weekends, and we definitely encourage utilizing your new steps and Spanish skills!