ellwood salsa on2

We're excited to announce new instuctors in town Ellwood & Angeliki (pictured) will be bringing the New York On2 style (popularised by Eddie Torres, now a cult icon) to Leeds on a weekly basis.

For those not familiar with on2 and how it differs from the Salsa on1, well, a very over-simplified explanation is that you start in a different direction (backwards rather than forwards as the leader) and there is more heavy emphasis on counts 2 and 6 which can give the dance a different feel. Be assured you will get much more detailed explanations in the actual classes :)

Angeliki & Ellwood are excellent and very knowledgeable dancers who have been on the scene for a long time, you will learn a lot from them.

Distrikt Bar, 7 Duncan St, Leeds LS1 6DQ (See on Google Maps)

Mondays, from 7.30 

"Every Monday 7.30 start classes in New York salsa. First 30 mins dedicated to beginners only and is free every week. 

8pm onwards our usual mix of shines and styling in cha cha and salsa followed by intermediate level partnerwork and then social dancing until late.

First 30min beginners session free 
£6 for the main classes and social 

Angeliki Tzagaraki and Ellwood Taylor. Dancing a smooth variety of New York salsa, on2, cha cha and pachanga their classes are fun and informative paying particular attention to technique for both leaders and followers. Ellwood, taught by Marchant Birch and Mushi Noor, and Angeliki, taught in Italy by Francesca Salsanuevacalle, are gathering quite a following with their elegant flowing turnpatterns and great shines that are practical for social dancing"

music notes

Salsa, not just a dance but a whole amazing and diverse genre of Music. Spanning over 6 decades of releases, Salsa has a huge back catalogue of awesome tunes just waiting to be discovered!

To call this a list of the 40 best salsa songs is probably a misnomer, music is very subjective and there are so many great tracks that are amazing for different reasons, indeed a list would immediately change if you were more specific and said it was for listening or for dancing. Never the less this list does its best to introduce 40 Salsa songs guaranteed to inspire and delight you, on and off, the dancefloor! We compiled this list to suit a variety of listeners, it contains some popular salsa songs that a long term dancer might deem played to death which however might inspire a first time newbie, and also contains some rare salsa tracks even other DJ's may not yet have discovered. We hope you enjoyed these cracking tunes, feel free to share with others. 

You may also be interested in another of our articles on Modern Salsa.

In no particular order:

# Artist Track Name Type Listen on Youtube
01  Tromboranga Charuppi  Salsa Dura  https://youtu.be/Nryy0v5NQXM
02  Tito Puente Ran Kan Kan Mambo  https://youtu.be/9LDea8s4yZE
03  Frankie Ruiz La Cura Salsa Romantica      https://youtu.be/OMElCYaVxYk
04  Tambora Latina Sicilian Latin Jazz Latin Jazz  https://youtu.be/4WEysLJRdP0
05  Tommy Olivencia Cosas Nativas  Salsa Dura  https://youtu.be/Xc_S7XZbnK4
06  Avenida B Luvia Con Nieve  Salsa Dura  https://youtu.be/YbT5JcfH6hE
07  Angel Canales Nina Mele Salsa Dura  https://youtu.be/jt4eTvLpYgw
08  David Cedeno Cuando Se Acabe La Rumba Salsa Dura  https://youtu.be/bAYEtSlXQCw
09  Johnny Vazquez Paparrin Salsa / Timba  https://youtu.be/fB6JVZCGsWM
10  Joe Arroyo                                      Rebelion Salsa Clasica  https://youtu.be/oWBf9hfW_4Y
Read more: 40 Best Salsa Songs

About the author: Mark has been dancing for a little over 5 years, he teaches the intermediates class at Salsa Rocks in Leeds and also DJ’s their weekly social and parties.

First I should probably start with a bit of background history, when I first started taking classes (the first 3-4 months or so) I just wanted to meet some new people. I was probably like most typical beginners, I did it once a week. I didn’t listen to salsa music. I didn’t know any salsa songs or bands, in fact I hadn’t even realised there was such thing as Salsa music, I thought Salsa was just a dance or the stuff you put on fajitas! Salsa music in our class was very limited, the same songs each week and I didn’t do any social dancing. To be fair at that point there wasn’t really any to be had at the night I went to. But…things were all about to change!

Read more: Why you probably should never go to see a live Salsa Band

The people I mention here are the ones who I feel have the most influence on the worldwide salsa community today. This is not a ranking, not a complete list and is based only on my *personal opinion*, but that does not appy to Eddie Torres - The Mambo King!

PS: Don't worry, "Most Influencial Ladies" coming soon!

Now grab a drink and take a seat! Lots of amazing videos coming up!

Read more: The Most Influential Men in the Salsa World

live salsa conga

Dancing to a live band is as close as it can ever get to an out of body experience on a Salsa dancefloor. You feel immersed in the music, so alive in that very moment and compelled to dance. The horns, the congas and the wild timbales, the sounds keep hitting your body like pulses of energy, making you want to move and dance. For some it's a totally different level of experience, almost spiritual. No wonder the Cuban music and dance, that Salsa has evolved from, are rooted in spiritual customs and traditions.
Read more: Leeds - The Live Salsa Music Capital of the North

salsa music isnt dead

For many of us dancers, when we think of great music we often look to the past, the classic tracks of the 1970's - the heyday of the Salsa Orquesta's. The following 80's and 90's are often unfairly blacklisted as a bad time for Salsa (which perhaps ill cover in another post), but indeed the sad fact is very few people are aware of the awesome music currently being brought out by today's musicians and in fact new releases by some of those very amazing yester-year artists too! So below i've compiled a short list of some of the recent releases that I like to throw down at our nights and think should be celebrated. I hope you enjoy them!

Read more: 6 Hard hitting reasons why Salsa Music aint dead!

seven deadly sins of salsa dancing


Spends more time flirting off the floor than dancing on it. Only picks from the best looking dancers for a dance.


The million move man who can't lead a single one.

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times." - Bruce Lee


More style than substance they think they have learned it all, yet their leads are uncomfortable and off time, their dips are painful and dangerous. They look around to see who's watching. Her styling may dazzle the adoring fans but to the leader its like riding a rodeo bull butt naked and covered in oil.

Read more: The Seven Deadly Sins of Salsa

Amsterdam Salsa Congress Banner

Leeds Roadtrippers Facebook event
Amsterdam Salsa Festival official website

Until a few weeks back I was very very sad that I will not be able to go to Warsaw Salsa Festival, which is the best salsa festival that I have ever been too. I was going to miss out on an amazing line-up of instructors including Frankie Martinez, who I'm yet to do any workshops with!!

But, the Salsa Gods must have noticed my good deeds and, by divine intervention, I was led to the Amsterdam Internal Salsa Congress's website!!

Read more: Amsterdam International Salsa Congress 2015


Do you fall or stumble out of spins regularly? end up facing the wrong way? get dizzy all the time? If so chances are you are among the majority of Salsa Dancers out there! Spinning is one of those elusive 'Holy Grail' skills of Salsa, one many wish to master but few actually do. I believe in part this is because many people place an over emphasis on the ability to spin with a great many rotations. In my opinion when it comes to spinning, QUALITY trumps QUANTITY. EVERY single time.

Read more: All about the spins

One of the great things about Salsa is that no matter where you go, there is always Salsa to be found! We are fortunate in Leeds to have such a huge night in Calle Ocho, but there is something very exciting about experienceing new faces, new music and making new connections. On Facebook we face a never ending parade of events of unknown quality across the various groups we subscribe to, when we are travelling we want to be sure that the event will be worth both the time and effort. Here we present some of our favourite and highly recommended nights within a reasonable drive (ordered by proximity to Leeds). Why not join us and learn more about exciting roadtripping opportunities by visiting the Leeds Roadtrippers Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeedsRoadTrippers/

Read more: Salsa Roadtripping

It seems ironic that when you look back and everything is laid out before you, the process seems like it should be so simple. But as a beginner getting to what you want to become often seems a herculean effort, akin to tackling Everest in flip flops with nought but some elastic bands and a toothpick. How do those guys remember all those different moves, how does she spin 3 times and finish so perfectly and elegantly poised. Here are ten things I discovered along the way that I think others would find useful.

Read more: 10 discoveries I made along the way in Salsa


Leeds Road Trippers Croatian Summer Salsa Festival 2015


The Leeds Road Trippers are off to the Croatian Summer Salsa Festival again this year! I've been there twice already and have loved it enough to go for a third time!! A bunch of us from Leeds were there for the 2013 edition and an bigger group went in 2014! 24 hours in a day weren't enough to make the most of all that's available at CSSF!!

Read more: Croatian Summer Salsa Festival 2015

George at Salsa Rocks Banner

I'm thrilled to inform you that this Wednesday, 21st May, at Salsa Rocks we have guest teacher George "Dr Salsa" with us, while resident teacher Philip Charles is holidaying in the Caribbean! And for the ladies, we have Agi Banas teaching with George, so be ready for an extra dose of styling and some very useful following tips!! Also, George will be back at Salsa Rocks Wednesdays for another guest teaching slot on the 11th of June!

Read more: Guest Teacher George "Dr Salsa" on Wednesday 21 May

Class Schedule

Updated 10/05/2019

Every Wednesday

7:45pm till midnight
Kerala, 2 Eastgate
Leeds, LS2 7JL (Google Map)

20.00 - 20.55
Beginners - Intro and basics
Improvers Technique

21.00 - 21.55
Beginners+ - Moves and Tips
Improvers Turn Patterns
Intermediate Syllabus

22.00 - Midnight
Social Dancing!
Music by DJ Mark

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