Salsa or Tango?
You love Latin music and dance but are confused about which dance to begin learning first. Salsa or Tango? The answer is definitely Salsa. I’ve been lucky enough to study and work with fantastic Tango instructors. There is nothing like it. But after years of studying and teaching Salsa, my advice is to start with Salsa. Here are three reasons you should join the closest Salsa school.
There are Salsa clubs in every city worldwide, and you can hear Salsa songs everywhere – bars, coffee shops, convenience stores, clubs. You may not even know you are listening to Salsa music, but you’ve definitely heard it. Once you learn Salsa Dancing, it’s a skill you can use everywhere. Fortunately, in the city we live in, Toronto, you can go every night of the week to dance Salsa.
You can’t say that about Tango. Not because Salsa is better, it’s just that Salsa dance is more accessible to everyone. Usually, when we learn something, we want to use it as much as possible, and the popularity of Salsa facilitates a deeper immersion in the dance.
Salsa Gives Dancers the Chance to Shine!
I love Salsa because of all the cool dips and twists and tricks you can do, and you can stack them and use them according to the song, your mood or the dance partner. I’ve danced for over twelve years, and there are still brand new fun tricks I learn when dancing Salsa.
Tango also has lots of moves. The intricate footwork is incredible! But Tango is more about the mood, it is about intensity. It’s about the unique connection you have with a partner. So you may not see too many flashy tricks or the adrenaline you see in Salsa.
Salsa is a Party!
Put on any Salsa song by Marc Anthony or Victor Manuel and you will understand. You can visit our website and check out our playlist. Salsa is about loud, energetic fun. You’re with a group of friends, you’ve got some drinks out, and you’re yelling and screaming and laughing and having fun.
Tango is an intense and passionate dance where the couple immerses themselves in their art. And it’s beautiful too, but it is a completely different vibe. Tango is passionate and intense and is about the couple. Salsa is more about the community.
I learned Salsa first, at Toronto Dance Salsa. I was looking for a fun, easy dance where I could feel comfortable, and now, looking back, I’m glad I started with Salsa. Had I picked up Tango first, I might not still be dancing. I’m grateful I chose to learn a practical, accessible, energetic and fun dance, where I could continually learn new moves that match my personality and energy.
In the end, once we know a bit of each dance genre, we choose based on what resonates with us. So the most important thing is to start dancing. You can’t go wrong because once you join the dance world, you’ll want to experiment and try all the different kinds of dances.
I can’t wait to welcome you to our big family, have you come in from week to week, have fun, socialize, and let loose to amazing Latin songs. Click here to check our current schedule.
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