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The Bongo Bell

salsa percussion 101 Sep 10, 2019

by Mike Bello

I received an audio tape, around late 1999, by someone that attended an event with multiple workshops in Los Angeles.

This recording was of an instructor that was describing how to...

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Mambo: Controlled Abandon

dance Sep 08, 2019

A Focus On Dance Floor Etiquette For Salseros
by Mike Bello

During the Christmas holidays, I went to a local church to find the schedule for New Year’s Eve mass when I happened upon...

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Seek and Ye Shall Find...the Clave!

salsa perccussion 101 Sep 06, 2019

By Mike Bello

Take at least one minute each day to listen, really listen to salsa music for ways to connect your dancing.

Pick a salsa song to listen to on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify (whatever you...

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Styling and Timing

dance Sep 04, 2019

by Mike Bello

Much has been said, and is probably still being said as you read this, about styles of dancing to salsa music.

New York style, L.A. style, Cuban style, Puerto Rican style…...

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Is it Mambo or Salsa? Only the Clave Knows!

dance history Sep 03, 2019

by Mike Bello

My background in salsa and mambo is New York-based.
I grew up listening and dancing to salsa as far back as I can remember.

Before the advent of terms like "Hip-Hop", "Disco" and...

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Act As If!

dance Sep 01, 2019

By Mike Bello

Salsero: May I have this dance?

Salsera: Okay!

They get on the dance floor and begin to dance mambo with each other.

Salsero has been dancing regularly for over six months but feels...

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The Cascara: Let This Rhythm Get Under Your Skin

salsa percussion 101 Sep 01, 2019

by Mike Bello

You're dancing to the tumbao rhythm of the conga and you have a fairly good idea where to begin.

The problem is, because of the nature of the tumbao's one bar rhythm, you're not...

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Dancing On The Sidelines

dance Aug 30, 2019

by Mike Bello


You've waited all day to get your groove on to salsa music.

You're finally dancing and, CRUNCH, someone steps on your foot.

Moments later, CRASH, your partner is...

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Tumbao: The Dancer's Connection To The Clave!

salsa percussion 101 Aug 29, 2019
 

by Mike Bello

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Take a look at the above. Now I want you to vocalize...

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Mambo: Cuba Created It, New York Perfected It!

history Aug 28, 2019

by Mike Bello

There!

It’s finally been said. 

Mambo is as Cuban as apple pie is American.

For the most part, though, apple pie has not made many changes in its recipe.

The same...

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