salsaSalsa and Belle dancing are the two most exotic and sensuous forms of dancing. One with the twist and the twirl and the other with the swaying of the hips and the undulating torso. As Salsa fever grips working professionals and belly dancers came to the city to perform at Marine Center, Shilpa Suryavanshi got down to report on these two ancient form of dancing which has gained huge popularity in modern times. For some, dance is more than merely shaking a leg. A little move here and a jig there can make a world of a difference. The dip of the head, the twirl of the waste and the spinning. The salsa form of dance is hip hop, sensous and invigorating. Salsa as a dance form is said to have evolved from a combination of multiple roots and cultures as well as the creativity of many different persons. In general, Salsa evolved as a distillation of many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances. Salsa is one of the most popular forms of ballroom dance. In the last few years, many salsa lessons have sprung up all over in school hall, clubs and bars. Salsa music is complicated with beats interwoven, and it takes time to tune your ears and feet to the rhythms. But the charm of salsa dance can be felt only when you experience it. Shruti, a salsa instructor says that this form of dance there is no limitation and no restriction. Salsa involves more of ballroom dancing steps, which gives a different structure and body language to a person. Learning and experiencing the thrill of Salsa dancing slowly gained popularity until today when youngsters and office goers keenly await for their days at the salsa classes. Salsa dancing is emerging as a refreshing replacement for conventional aerobic exercises. Now Salsa dance lessons are not only good for the body but are also good for the mind with many people enrolling themselves in Salsa classes. Another famous and ancient form of dancing is the belle dance. While Salsa is more the hip hop kind, Belle dancing is sensual and exotic. The dance form we call “belly dancing” is derived from traditional women’s dances of the Middle East and North Africa. Belly dance is natural to a woman’s bone and muscle structure. The movements center on the torso rather than the legs and feet, as is common in Western dance. The belly dancer isolates parts of her body, to move each independently in a completely feminine interpretation of the music. The music seems to emanate from her body, as sometimes she emphasizes the rhythm, sometimes the melody of the song. Like yoga and Aroma therapies, any form of dance is a panacea for our tension-ridden lives. It is recreational and creative; moreover induces positive thinking and happy feelings. So it’s not surprising that professionals from every walk of life are learning to shake a leg, and those blues away! With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Shilpa Suryawanshi for NMTV News.


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