Get sassy with salsa

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FASHION & BEAUTY - By EllEn WHyTE

SALSA is a sexy blend of Cuban and African dance. Ex­er­cise fans love it be­cause typ­i­cal salsa mu­sic ranges from 150 to 250 beats per minute, so you get a ter­rific work­out.

But salsa has another ef­fect: as it’s in­cred­i­bly sexy, and there is “cor­rect” style, it’s also very em­pow­er­ing.

So, if you’re a lit­tle shy and are look­ing for a way to ex­press your in­ner god­dess, or have had a week where you just can’t do any­thing right, get back into your groove with a lit­tle salsa. All you need is a lit­tle space in your room.

1) Good tunes

2) I am sexy

Wel­come to the Party by Har-You Per­cus­sion Group; In­de­struc­tible by Ray Bar­retto, Llo­raras by Os­car D’León, and any­thing by Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco and Joe Cuba.

Salsa dancers are hot and they know it. So head up, back straight, chest out and show off that bum.

3) Dim the lights

Peo­ple dance salsa all the time but mostly it’s at night, af­ter din­ner. So get in the mood by dim­ming the lights. Bonus: if you’re shy, you don’t want to start off watch­ing your­self in the win­dow and the mir­ror.

4) Pick up the ba­sics

Watch a salsa video on YouTube to pick up the ba­sic moves.

5) Be the mu­sic

If you’re new to salsa, pick one in­stru­ment and fol­low it. The drums or the gui­tar are good points to start. Let it flow through you.

6) There’s no wrong way

In Venezuela, the girls dance with their tor­sos prac­ti­cally still while ev­ery­thing un­der the waist is rip­pling; in New York you’ll see girls shak­ing it all about and in Cuba you’ll see a bit of both. So do what you want. It’s your dance.

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