While anyone can prove that "salsa" is Spanish for "sauce," no one can disprove that "salsa" is German for "great dancing." Today's Groupon calls to the dance-ready ligaments in your legs: for $20, you get four Monday or Sunday night salsa lessons with RicaSalsa Dance Company at two locations (a $40 value).
With classes that combine formal dance steps with club-style moves, RicaSalsa Dance Company allows students to doff their sturdy Bavarian clogs for a saucy, graceful workout that works in the real world. This salsa-centric dance company was founded by Ricardo Téllez and Tianne Frias, whose commitment to the genre earned them a spot in the coveted 2009 ESPN World Salsa Championships and a fourth-place worldwide ranking. The two bring winter heat to chillful San Francisco with hour-long Monday night beginner classes from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. or both beginner (5-6 p.m.) and intermediate (6-7 p.m.) Sunday night classes at the Van Ness location. Salsa dancing is a vivacious dance style that turns any humble dance closet into a svelte dance armoire. A motivated and open group atmosphere helps instill the basic values of salsa musicality as your body embraces rhythmic playfulness and develops a finely tuned connection to your salsa partner.
Attend four classes by yourself, or attend two classes with a friend to share your Groupon so you can co-write the latest entry in your Dances of the World interweb blog. Just as animals have a special sense for oncoming thunderstorms and Super Bowl winners, your pets will likely notice a new spice in your step every time you buoyantly saunter across the living room with a nylon guitar in hand and a bouquet of roses between your toes.
- Currently Ricasalsa [sic] classes is [sic] helping me to enhance many of my strengths and is improving on my weakness without losing who I want to be as a dancer. I came to Ricasalsa [sic] to be part of a team but I have embarked on a adventure that is everlasting. – Sharon C.
- Ricardo and Tianne are like guides, a driving force that just makes me want to get better and better. Encouragement, you'll find tons of it from both Ricardo and Tianne and your team mates. – Mags B.
RicaSalsa Dance Company
Mexico City native Ricardo Téllez began dancing when he was 12, shimmying his way through styles such as cumbia and guaracha. In 1995, he packed up his dancing shoes and moved to the Bay area, accelerating his salsa study not only by studying under Gabriel Romero, but also by trying out his footwork in clubs. Armed with a passion for dance, Ricardo founded RicaSalsa Dance Company in 1999 to share his love of the art. Today, he and dance partner Tianne Frias—with whom he placed third in the World Latin Dance Cup—teach private lessons and group classes that impart new and advanced dancers with the steps, partnership skills, and medallions filled with glowworms needed to light up the floor. By focusing on social dance skills and the ability to follow the rhythm, they help their students adapt easily to different songs and settings.