Salsa en clave

My pedagogy

La clave

Learn with Felipe Polanco

Salsa is a blend of Caribbean and African rhythms. It’s a music full of essence and flavor that transmits multiple sensations when danced to. Its rhythmic base, “la clave”, enables the dancer to hold the rhythm within the melody.

I base my teaching on learning the clave and a subtle blend of musicality and original choreographic creations.

The clave is both a musical instrument and the fundamental rhythm of salsa.

To dance salsa en clave, you need to rely on this rhythmic pulse and not on a simple beat count.

My courses

My classes are aimed at adults who want to learn to dance, gain in ease and fluidity, and improve their skills in dance solos known as shines.

Shines are combinations of footwork that allow you to enrich your couple dancing with a short period of solo dancing. It’s also the perfect time to express your creativity and improvise.

Once the basic step is acquired, the class is divided into 2 parts: a shine (30 min) and a choreographed couple sequence (1h).

Monday beginners

19:00 to 20:30

Espace Silvia Montfort

Pink Room

2 bis Rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris

This level is for anyone wishing to learn Puerto Rican salsa. No previous dance experience is required. In this class, you’ll learn: basic steps on the clave, shines, simple guiding figures (partner dance).

Wednesday intermediate course

19:00 to 20:30

Le carreau du temple

4 Rue Eugène Spuller, 75003 Paris

This level presupposes mastery of the clave, basic steps and simple figures of partner dancing. In this class, you’ll learn complex couple dance figures (guidance, style…) and shine combinations. At the same time, you’ll deepen your listening skills.