Fall 2021 - CA 120 E100

Introduction to Dance Forms: Contemporary and Popular (3)

Latin Social Dances (Salsa)

Class Number: 7246

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    GCA 4525, GOLDCORP



A studio course devoted to the development of movement skills through specific styles of dance. The content of the course changes every term including techniques in Bhangra, Afro-Caribbian, Hip Hop and Contemporary. May repeat for credit. May be of particular interest to students in other departments.


  1. Introduce students to Salsa music and dance as well as to the theoretical groundings of their origins and context in relation to the vocabulary of movement.
  2. To provide the students with the knowledge to identify salsa rhythm as well as the different instruments used to play the music.
  3. Stimulate the student´s ability to interact with Salsa music through gesture and movement, exploring different ways of communication with the music.
  4. To apply technical concepts as metric-rhythmic in various ways, helping them to understand and internalize salsa foundations steps and to execute them freely developing their own sequences of movement within the Cuban Salsa technique.
  5. To foster kinesthetic exchange in the dynamics of following and leading. Exploring with the sensations of impulse and response instead of replicating visual patterns.
  6. Develop self-awareness as they explore movement in ways that work best for their own bodies. Remaining cognizant of their body capacity to interact and adapt to and with others. Listening to others' bodies as well.
  7. To promote a sense of curiosity and imagination when dancing, guiding students into practices that will aid them in finding new figures patterns, and qualities of movement so that they have creativity and confidence when improvising.
  8. To practice Rueda Casino and to find group dynamics of shared interest and movement enjoyment.


  • Attendance 15%
  • Class participation 25%
  • Final dance combination 20%
  • Final group Rueda 20%
  • Self reflection paper 20%

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