Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Live Bands Usually Play Music Too Fast

A friend of mine has a swing band. I sent him the following.

Almost all live bands play too fast or too slow for people that know how to dance. The tempo should be between 110 and 130 beats per
minute most of the time. The range should be between 90 to 150. Extremes can be faster or slower, but should be rare.

Contra bands are play at the correct speed for dancers. Go to a Contra dance and you can see.

A simple test is to see if you can walk comfortably to the speed of the music. That is what dancing is. Walking to music.

Here are music speeds for dancers in beats per minute.

110 - Samba

110 - 130 Lindy Hop comfortable
140 - 160 Fast Lindy Hop
170+ Super fast

90 - 120 West Coast Swing
130 - 140 Fast West Coast Swing

110 - 120 Hustle (Disco) comfortable
120 - 130 Fast Hustle

Steps per beats of music

3/2 - Samba (3 steps in 2 beats - counted One a-Two)

8/6 and 10/8 - Swing, all types - counted One Two Three-and-Four Five-and-Six
or One Two Three-and-Four Five Six Seven-and-Eight)

4/3 - Hustle (counted a-One Two Three)

Latin dances are variations on the same theme. The dances are Bolero, Rumba, Cha Cha, Salsa (Mambo)

These dances are 3 steps and pause on 4 beats. They are counted Quick Quick Slow or One Two Three pause. Cha Cha varies this with a
cha cha on the pause, counted One Two Three-and-Four.

3/4 - Bolero, Rumba, Salsa (3 steps on 4 beats)

5/4 - Cha Cha (this is the same as Swings 10/8)

Typical Speeds for Latin dances

? 70 - 110 Bolero
90 - 140 Rumba
110 - 140 Cha Cha
140 - 200+ Salsa, Mambo

Thursday, March 5, 2009

March 27 St. Petersburg folk festival

We have a 3 day folk fest here at St. Petersburg waterfront park. See for details. March 27 to March 29. Some 40-60
countries. They have booths, sell food and native articles. Continuous entertainment, mainly dancing, but other things too.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Billy and Katie's Class Schedules and Upcoming Hustle and Salsa Parties and IHSC

Billy Fajardo and Katie Marlow's News

Schedules of Classes, Upcoming Dance Parties and IHSC 2009

Upcoming Dance Parties
Saturday, March 21, 2009
in Fort Lauderdale, at The Opera Center

Hustle Class 7PM
Salsa Class 8 PM
Dance Party 9PM til 1AM
Hustle, Salsa and WC Swing

$15 One Class and Party
$20 Two Classes and Party
$10 Party Only

Bring a dish to share.
Call Mona 954-868-9100 for questions and more information

The Josephine S Leiser Opera Center
221 SW 3rd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Class Information

For the best in hustle, join Billy Fajardo and Katie Marlow and staff every Monday and Thursday evenings, and Salsa Wednesday

Monday night hustle class is now located at The Josephine S Leiser Opera Center
221 SW 3rd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 728-9700

Monday Night Class dates
Monday March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

New Class Times
7:30 PM Introduction to Hustle
7:30 PM Beg/Int Hustle with Katie Marlow
8:30 PM Int/Adv Hustle with Billy Fajardo

$10 per class

Stay for practice party after class.

For more information, please contact:
Mona 954-868-9100
Billy 954-560-7068
Katie 954-817-3161

Tuesday Classes at the Paladium are canceled until further notice

Wednesday Night Salsa Classes at Just Fit
7067-A W. Broward Boulevard
Plantation, Florida 33317

located in the Plantation Marketplace, at Broward Blvd. and SW 70th Ave in Plantation.

Wednesday Night Class dates
Wed March 4, 11, 18, 25

7:30PM Beginning Salsa

No Intermediate/ Advanced Salsa Class for the Month of March

$10 per class for Just Fit members
$10 per class for Opera Center Students
$15 per class for non members

For more information, please contact:
Billy Fajardo 954-560-7068

Thursday Night Classes at Goldcoast Ballroom
1415 Lyons Rd
Coconut Creek, FL 33063

Thursday Night Class dates
Thursday March 5, 12, 19, 26

$12 per class

7:00 PM Introduction to Hustle with Katie Marlow
8:00 PM Beg/Int Hustle with Katie Marlow
9:00 PM Int/Adv Hustle with Billy Fajardo

No changes to Thursday Night Class info

10th Year Anniversary IHSC 2009- International Hustle and Salsa Competition at The Deauville hotel in Miami, Florida

For Online Registration, Competition Entries and General Information

June 18 - 22 Dance Grand Prix Italy 2009 International Dance Competition for Dance Schools/Groups

from 18th to 22nd June in the Center of Italy

in one of the Best Italian Old Wood Theatre, just beetwen the Wonderful Art Cities of Venice and Florence!

The COUNTDOWN has begun: only 4 months left for this International Competition for Dance Schools/Groups from all over the World

Contact email:

Click Here for all the info