Talk:Salsa (dance)

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--Rumba y Son (talk) 23:51, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

Multimedia (Videos, Sound Clips, Images, Etc)[edit]

If someone could add videos of salsa dancing to Wikipedia directly (that is, not as external links), that would be great. I think it would enhance the article a lot, after all, if a picture is worth 1,000 words, a video must be worth a million. You would need to upload the video in ogg format, I guess, plus there are copyright issues that you'd need to be aware of, I'm sure. Videos of different styles of social dancing would be good.

Rumba y Son (talk) 06:39, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

So I checked it out, and it turns out that the copyright issues for video uploads are actually quite bothersome. According to the Wikipedia Commons on Licensing:

  • Republication and distribution must be allowed.
  • Publication of derivative work must be allowed.
  • Commercial use of the work must be allowed.
  • The license must be perpetual (non-expiring) and non-revocable.

This includes being able to modify the video and republish it. That, along with the commercial use clause, are worrisome, because who knows, your video might end up in a commercial or used for some other promotional thing! I can see why now how hard it would be to get someone's permission to record them salsa dancing, and then to essentially donate their video to the Wikipedia Commons for all the world to use, in any way that they wish!

In my opinion, this makes it even more important to keep good examples of salsa dancing in the External Links section, since you can link to videos on YouTube, for example, and not worry as much about copyright and stuff (you still need to worry about copyright, but not as much as with donating your own work!).

Rumba y Son (talk) 21:40, 17 March 2011 (UTC)

Some references for people interested in adding multimedia, but want to know more about copyright and licenses and stuff:

Rumba y Son (talk) 21:56, 17 March 2011 (UTC)

Stepping on the first beat for New York-style salsa[edit]

I reverted the changes made in this edit (emphasized changes made):

Like LA-style salsa, New York style is danced in a line. However, unlike LA style, it is danced starting on the second beat of the music ("on 2"), and the follower steps forward at the start of the dance, not the leader.

You are not required to start dancing on the 2nd beat of the music, you can start on any beat. The only requirement is that the "break step" is on the 2nd beat of the music (using a 4-beat musician's measure). If using an 8-beat dancer's measure, then the break step falls on the 2nd and 6th beats.

Also, it is not a requirement that the follower steps forward at the beginning of the dance, only that the follower steps forward on the 1st and 2nd beat. For example, a leader may begin the dance by stepping forward on the 5th and 6th beats.

Reference #5[edit]

It's an advertisement. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:19, 9 September 2012 (UTC)

BPM of afro-cuban dance music[edit]

the BPMs listed in this piece are off the charts, only the fastest merengues hit 160 bpm, and that's not "salsa." Speeds for that music range from mid-80s to 115 at most. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:23, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

Video Salsa dancers (dancesport)[edit]

I have added a video describing dancing salsa in Cali during the dance competition at the World Games 2013.--Roboting (talk) 14:10, 10 January 2014 (UTC)