Welcome to the Belfast Salsa School which is run by Live to Dance EU
Learn to dance Salsa in Belfast with renown UK teacher Adele Marsh
Since 1998, Adele has been teaching and DJing on the UK social Salsa scene.
Starting in Brighton in 1997 and moving to Portsmouth & Southend,
Adele was known for teaching and DJing regularly at:
Southend Salsa (Essex)
Harlow Salsa (Essex)
Salsa Caliente (Norhtern Ireland)
Salsa Belfast (Northern IReland)
The Latin Collective (Cambridge & Belfast)
and annually at Enjoy Travel’s annual Costa Del Salsa event in Spain.
Adele also runs her own residential dance holidays in Torquay with 3 or 4 night Salsa bootcamps designed to supercharge your dance learning experience.
Adele is a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals and One Dance Uk & the People Dancing Foundation.
In 2015 Adele founded Live to Dance EU. A dance company aimed at bringing dance opportunities that change lives, transform communities and makes dance important to all individuals, communities & society by promoting excellent dance practice. Live to Dance EU provides Ballroom, Latin & Salsa social dance classes all of the UK.
The Live to Dance EU values are what drives Adele to transform the Belfast Salsa scene:
Delivering excellence.. with dignity and respect
Acting with courage.. to challenge what isn't right
Never giving up.. we're changes lives forever
Creating a community.. one step at a time
Everyone is welcome.. we want the world to dance
In 2018 Adele founded Belfast Salsa School, initially with the introduction of 1 Day Intensive Salsa Bootcamps each month. These were aimed at bringing a highly technical focus and a structured syllabus format to the Belfast Salsa scene.
Immediately Adele's bootcamps were full and she was able to introduce more sessions aimed at Beginners, Improvers and Intermediates. Towards mid-2019 many students were asking for regular weekly classes to continue their learning.
Adele was the first dance teacher in Belfast to offer a monthly FREE Friday night Salsa practice session at her studio where any Salsa dancer (student or non-student) could come from for 3 hours and dance continuously & exclusively to Salsa music and practice with their Salsa moves.
In Summer 2019, Adele launched the first Belfast Salsa Summer School with a 10 week series of classes in LA Style Salsa On1 and Puerto Rican Salsa On2 and Cha Cha (which compliments learning Salsa On2). Again, Adele is the first Salsa Teacher to incorporate Cha Cha & Salsa On2 within the same class. These dances, when taught together, accelerate the student's learning of On2, which can sometimes be challenging.
Adele Marsh, Biography
Adele started dancing at the tender age of 3, and trained in Ballet, Tap & Modern until the age of 11 when she swapped tutus for tassles... taking up Ballroom & Latin competitively until the age of 21.
Since 1998, Adele has been teaching and DJing on the UK social Salsa scene. Adele teaches all the main the social Ballroom & Latin dances.
From 2005, Adele has also combined her love of Latin Dance with Exercise to Music classes and is a fully qualified Fitness Instructor
Adele is a Professional Member of People Dancing, the foundation for community dance. As an organisation and membership body they support dance professionals worldwide in creating opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance, changing lives and transforming communities. Adele shares their vision of a world where dance is a part of everyone’s life and their mission is to make dance important to all individuals, communities and society by promoting excellent dance practice.
People Dancing and Dance for PD® have, with the assistance of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK created training programmes to help dance practitioners gain knowledge and practical learning associated with the safe delivery of dance sessions for people with Parkinson's. Adele is currently undertaking this training, with the aim of being fully qualified by summer 2019.
Since the late 1990s ‘Salsa’ has been used to refer to the widely accepted 8 styles of Salsa dance. But before that, the word ‘Salsa’, coined in the 1960s by the Fania Records production team to promote Latino music to the rest of the non-Latino world, was a loose phrase to describe Latin American music. It included other rhythms such as Cha Cha Cha, Guaguanco, Mambo & Son.
Adele has written extensively on the history and development of Salsa dance on her sister site The Dance Guru.
Adele has also launched an online learning platform The Dance Guru Academy where students can take information, short online courses in the history of Salsa. Current courses are:
LA Style Salsa
LA (Los Angeles) Style developed more along the West coast of the USA, predominantly in LA but it reached a real height in the early 2000s after a Salsa competition was held in Club Mayan in L.A.
Danced On1 and based around Columbian style, it adds in strong Ballroom Latin lines, tricks, lifts, jazz & hip hop moves. With the help of the internet it spread quickly to Europe in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It also incorporates Swing, Tango and Hustle with high energy moves, acrobatics and a real staccato sharpness to the styling.
Some of the early pioneers of L.A. Style were Albert Torres, Laura Canellias, The Vasquez Brothers, Los Rumberos and Salsa Brava.
Puerto Rican Style Salsa
Puerto Rican style Salsa is derived from Cuba, but Puerto Ricans already had their own music of Plena and Bomba. Plena told of daily events and news whilst ‘musica caliente’ told of Puerto Rican struggles in New York, and Bomba with its aggressive Afro-Caribbean beat was used by El Barrio artists to express their frustrations with life in New York.
Derived from ‘Danza’ which was created in Puerto Rico around 1840, Puerto Rican Salsa has emphasis on lines & elegance in partner work, often opening up further away from the partner than in New York style.
It can be danced On1 or On2, but when danced On2 the Leader tends to break forward rather than the Follower as in New York Style.
In later years Puerto Rican artists moved towards ‘musica romantica’ which was smoother, helping with the dancers showing elegance in their moves. Puerto Rican style really showcases the Follower or female dancer, the partner work is slightly less complicated than New York style which allows emphasis on styling and creating beautiful lines and travelling combinations. Ladies tend to use very flamboyant arm movements.
A key figure in Puerto Rican Salsa was Felipe Polanco who emphasised a unique 5 beat basic based on the 2 / 3 Clave rhythm, it involves sliding forward and back to hit the accents of the Clave.
Nowadays it is hard to see Puerto Rican style in its purest form and it is often confused with New York Style, but here is Felipe Polanco and Denise Denaro demonstrating the beautiful lines and gracefulness of Puerto Rican style.
Street style Cha-Cha is a slower form of Salsa On2, attributed to composer Enrique Jorrin who in 1951 was experimenting with simplifying Danzon music with highly syncopated rhythms for the benefit of the dancers. Mambo dancers found a way to 'shuffle' their steps in time with a little triple (syncopated) beat on 4 & 5 and 8 & 1. The shuffling steps caused a distinctive sound on the floor and the dancers of the Silver Star Club in Havana coined the onomatopoeia 'cha-cha-cha' as their steps moved in time with the new musical arrangements.
Cha-Cha is fun, playful and has far slower turns than Salsa. Dancers learn to play with all the beats and dance a lot of shines or footwork (solo dance) before returning to their partner.