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ABOUT SUMMER EVENTS LISTED ON
SalsaNewYork.com is a public service web site for On 2 mambo dancers. When we list an event on our Main Calendar, we have done the best we can to make sure that event will make most On 2 dancers reasonably happy, which means they will find On 2 partners to dance with. No guarantees, but we try. However, we have different policies depending on the venue.
1. Dance Studio - If the event is held in a dance studio , then most or all of your available partners will be dancing On 2.
2. Club - If the event is held in a club on a Sunday through Thursday evening, then some or most of your available partners will be dancing On 2. If it is a club event on a Friday or Saturday, there may be a lower percentage of On 2 partners available.
3. Outdoors - If the event is held outdoors, such as in a park or at a street festival or beach, you will probably not find very many On 2 dancers, or maybe none at all. So you should bring a partner or a group if you want to be guaranteed to dance On 2.
However, some outdoor events do attract a good percentage of On 2 dancers, and we note that on our Main Calendar. Examples of outdoor summer events which do have On 2 dancers attending are: Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing, Salsa Party @ South Street Seaport, Summertime Salsa In Central Park @ The Naumberg Bandshell (put on by Carlos Konig & Almyra Ayos), Moondance - Salsa On Pier 84, and occasional others. We note it in our listing if On 2 dancers are typically at an outdoor event.
To you pure On 2 dancers, remember: It is not all about 100 turn patterns for the guys and triple spins for the ladies, done in a dance studio with a hardwood floor. This dance is about listening to the music & moving your body to it. And it's about tuning in to your partner. When you dance outdoors in the summers, usually on cement, wear slippery shoes, stop with all the acrobatics and acting like prima donnas, and just do the dance the way it was meant to be, nice and simple: get into the music, move your body, connect with your partner....and stop show-boating. Fellas, skip all the multiple turns because it's hard on the ladies ankles and knees. Ladies, when dancing on cement, wear slippery shoes and don't spin much on 1 foot; do walk-around turns. This is the way to prevent ankle and knee injuries. It's time for On 2 mambo to get out of the dance studio and out into the real world, sharing the floor with other salsa lovers who dance many different timings and styles. Observe how the "old school Latinos" dance. You won't get any new turn patterns from them, but you'll learn how to listen to the music and move to it, and how to connect with your partner.
Old School Dancers - We have a
special separate calendar section for events that the many old school / street
dancers like to go to - Go to Old School Calendar -
Click Here To Return To Our Main Calendar
Special thanks to salsero
Amir Shimoni for design and
technical help in the creation of these events pages.
See his web site www.MamboPics.com for photographs of the people, events and performers of the New York & New Jersey mambo scene.
All correspondence regarding this web page
should be directed to co-host/webmaster Steve