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In the 90s I was too young to go to dance clubs. But I was old enough to go to the 99 cent stores on Fordham Road in the Bronx, NY. Before streaming services existed, BX discount stores were my music discovery tool of choice. It was on Fordham Road that I discovered Technotronics! Lately I’ve been channeling the Caribbean in my work and naturally reggae made it’s way onto my playlist this month. Here are some of the tunes on blast in my studio.
Super Cat – Don Dada
Everyone Falls in Love – Tanto Metro & Devonte
Terror Fabulous ft Nadine Sutherland – Action
Beres Hammond/Cutty Ranks – Tempted to Touch
Beenie Man – King of the Dancehall
Having global dance influences is important to us. Because of this, we get to experience a wonderful sense of diversity in our socials and classes. Even our teachers are travelers moving around the world. We are happy to have such a nomad among us Carolina Montilla, originally from Castellon, Spain. Carolina who has quickly taken a leadership role at Rhythmology spent her youth training in many prestigious dance schools including: The Maica Dance Center, the Professional Dance Conservatory of Cordoba, and the Superior Dance Conservatory of Malaga. In 2003, she received her professional Ballroom instructor certification, and began teaching latin dance.
In 2009, she received a Dance Pedagogy BA Degree with a specialty in Flamenco Dance Pedagogy. Upon receiving this degree, she began traveling throughout the country, teaching and performing with her own professional company called: Enchanteuses. While traveling, she also served as a jury member for National and International Dance Competitions in Spain including: the BachataOpen, and the European Ballroom Championship. In 2012, she decided to continue her studying and training in the United States. She currently resides in New York, where she continues to develop her pedagogical and professional skills with the Rhythmology family.
We catch up with Carolina after the jump to see what motivates her to dance and to talk about her journey.
“I love the feeling I get when I listen to music and
it comes into my body and becomes movement.” -CM
March isn’t feeling any warmer than February which spoiled my plans for a “Getting Ready for Spring” playlist. Instead I will keep the romance going from last month’s playlist. I’ve gathered some Salsa romantica from the 90s. If you aren’t busy busting out turn patterns then bust out your notebook and remember some of these lines – they might be useful at the club.
Grupo Bemtu – Asi Vivo Yo
Hector Rey – Te Propongo
Salsa Kids – La Magia De Tus 15 Años
Jerry Rivera – Cara De Nino
Pedro Conga – La Va A Pagar
Grupo Caneo – Que Hare Sin Ti
Grupo Niche – Atrevida
Tito Nieves – El Amor Mas Bonito
Tito Rojas – Quiereme Tal Como Soy
Rey Ruiz – Luna Negra
Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren’t cooler than math—they simply rely on it.
“Clayton Cameron is a master American drummer, writer, composer, producer, historian, and educator. He has performed or recorded with legends in the music business such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis jr. and other artist such as James Brown, BB King, Ray Charles, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Molly Ringwald and Mariah Carey to name a few. Nicknamed the Brush Master for being the most innovative brush player since Papa Jo Jones of the count Basie Orchestra and now he himself is the drummer for the famous big band.”
Full lesson on TED
When Bachata originated in the Dominican Republic in the early 20th century it was first called “amargue” – the spanish word for bitter. The music genre has always been a way for us to cope. Bachata is how Dominicans grieve lost love. February is the month of love, so I have gathered some of my recent Bachata favorites for you. Get the shots of Brugal ready and dance away in your living rooms.
Senior citizen Paddy and dance instructor Niko dance a stunning Salsa ruitine on Britain’s Got Talent. Paddy who is a 79 year old window from Britain decided to learn something completely new after her husband passed away. She picked up Salsa and is performing with her instructor on the national talent show. Paddy got buzzed directly to the live round. When asked if she can win the show the humble Paddy responds, “Just as long as people enjoy what we are doing and give people pleasure.”
Watch the video and share this inspiring story.
Like an actor’s script, a sheet of music instructs a musician on what to play (the pitch) and when to play it (the rhythm). Sheet music may look complicated, but once you’ve gotten the hang of a few simple elements like notes, bars and clefs, you’re ready to rock. Tim Hansen hits the instrumental basics you need to read music.
Lesson by Tim Hansen, animation by Thomas Parrinello.
Raulin Rodriguez – Medicina De Amor (1994)
Antony Santos – Por Mi Timidez (1993)
Antony Santos – Voy Pa Alla (1992)
Raulin Rodriguez – Nereyda (1993)
Raulin Rodriguez – Cancion Del Corazon (1993)
Luis Vargas – Loco de Amor (1994)
Kiko Rodriguez – Vagabundo, Borracho y Loco (1995)