Watch any of the dance shows and you'll see women dressed in shiny dresses, sequins, barely-there coverings, moving across the dance floor in 4 inch heels. The men are in tight black pants, flash shirts, and dressy shoes. Many who decided to take up salsa dancing often feel the need to buy flashy clothes for a night out. In reality, salsa dancing doesn't have to be about dressing like someone from Dancing With the Stars. Here are some tips for dressing the part.

A salsa congress is like a conference of sorts. People come together focused on dancing, learning, and having fun. Salsa congresses usually consist of workshops, performances, dancing, and a lot of socializing. Many cities around the United States (and the world) have their own congress and each will have a different feel to them based on the city. Some may feel small and personal while others may be huge and overwhelming. How can you pick a congress that is right for you and what should you expect?

You might have seen them at the Chrysler. You might have seen them at our Eight Year Anniversary Party. Maybe you’ve seen them at Dave and Buster’s. In any case, I’m sure you’ve seen the Rueda de Casino team. As curious and hungry as I am for new dance styles, I was sure to stop by one of the rueda classes. After having attended several more and tried my best to join them socially, I found a very welcoming, loving, and fun sub-community right here in Hampton Roads.

Salsa dancing is one of the most popular forms of social dancing in the world, and it has been growing in popularity thanks to TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance.

However, what people unfamiliar with salsa don't realize is that there are many different types of salsa dancing. As salsa dancing has spread around the world, different cultures have created their own versions of salsa, with the main similarity being that they are all danced to the same music.

When you're a beginner salsa dancer, it can be difficult to find good songs to dance to, since many songs have a very quick beat, making it difficult for beginners to follow along. This is even more true if you didn't grow up with salsa music, and don't even know where to begin.

Rueda means 'wheel' in Spanish. Rueda itself is a group dance with a leader and followers. It is danced in a circle - most often to Cuban music (Timba). Casino is the name given to Cuban salsa dancing. Many say that it received its name back in the 50's during the heyday of the Cuban casinos. Dancers would perform to mambo and salsa and they were called the 'casino dancers'. Putting the whole name together, 'Rueda de Casino', means that you are dancing the Cuban style salsa in a group.

Like salsa music itself, the clave has its origins in Cuba. In Spanish, the word clave means "key" and clave sticks were used as the bolts that held ships together in the pre-Industrial age. In these shipyards in Cuba, dockworkers would often bang these clave sticks together to make music and from there the clave went on to be used by musicians playing son and guaguanco, and eventually salsa.

Do you remember the first time that you went out social dancing? I sure do. I was nervous that people would judge me as I struggled to get even the basic moves down. I was afraid that everyone would be watching me. I was apprehensive about asking strangers to dance. I found myself pondering a

The first time I went out social dancing, I was blown away. Though I was a  quick learner when it came to the basic steps, I still felt miles away from the veteran salseros tearing up the dance floor. I wondered how long it would take me to get that good. I started running the

The Bachata, a guitar-based trio (guitar, bongo, maraca), from the Dominican Republic, shares with it's audience a country/peasant/barrio sentimentality marked by humor that connects the celebration of food, love and a macho delight in elaborating upon the ability of women to overpower men. 

It emerged mostly in male public spaces (colmados/corner grocers and bars) rather than family spaces, thus explaining the gender distinctiveness of this musical form. It is sung by mostly male performers, crooning about love and the women who caused them pain and wronged them, often because of unrequited or relinquished love.

Mambo is the dance that came to popular attention in the '40s, as Americans became fascinated with the exciting rhythms emanating from Latin countries, like Cuba and Puerto Rico. For the mood of Mambo, just think Havana in it’s heyday, and the famous Palladium dancers of NYC in the '40s, '50s and '60s. Shines refer to the fancy steps that partners do when they break away from each other to dance separately. When Salsa Dancers ‘Shine’ they ‘play’ with steps within the rhythm of the music. Originated from the term ‘your time to shine’.

If you are as impatient as me you will want to become a master salsa dancer in a few days. However, being realistic this is just not going to happen. Although Salsa and dancing in general is an art form, that takes dedication, time and practice there are a few critical steps to take that can shave months off achieving your salsa dance goals. Here you will discover the answer to the common question so many beginners ask, how long does it take to learn salsa?

Regular exercise is an important part of each person's overall health. People may not realize all of the opportunities they have to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines. Dance class is one type of movement that can have significant physical and emotional benefits. You may be surprised at how much you enjoy your workouts when you get fit by moving to the music.

Dance is a true form of self-expression, reflecting one's persona and socio-cultural background.

The broad term "dancing" comprises of a variety of styles, originated from the different geographical locations.

Taken birth in New York and influenced by the Latin American moves, is an out-of-the-ordinary dance form, known as Salsa.

It is a spicy mixture of different dance moves.

Salsa used to be a dance I didn't like because of it's complexity but now I see and take Salsa as a challenge.

I really think I did a good job at taking on that challenge and I am so glad that I did.

This September will mark one year since I started Latin dancing and what a remarkable year it has been!

Through dancing, I have met so many wonderful people and I am glad to be a part of this dance family.

From day one, I have been welcomed with open arms by all the people I have met. As I continue to dance, the bond I have with them only gets stronger as we create more memories to last a lifetime.

Wednesday nights are one of the best nights of the week if you find yourself out and about in Downtown Norfolk.

It's Latin Night at Scotty Quixx where you can dance to all your favorite Latin music.

Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha and even Kizomba will be on the playlist most of the night.

Not too familiar with this type of music? That's ok too! The DJ has been known to play some Reggaeton, Hip Hop, and even a throwback Old School.