The Difference Between Academy Dancing and Club Dancing

So there is club dancing and there is Academy dancing.  Let me explain the difference. I have been going to the clubs that everyone goes to on Tuesdays and Thursdays and have been feeling quite dejected since, afterall, my goal in traveling through South America was to learn every dance style possible. And, Tuesdays at […]

Me Libere – El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico

Me Libere by El Gran Combo de Puerto Rio is one of my all time favorite salsa songs.

Video: Salsa Dancing in Medellin

When Jessica expressed an interest in contributing to Medellin Living, little did I know I’d end up with a new salsa dancing partner. I had invited her to my apartment to go over how to use WordPress. She arrived fresh from a tango lesson, and before I knew it, Marcello (Wandering Trader) was recording us […]

Willie Colon & Ruben Blades – Plastico

A salsa classic, and a lot of fun to dance to, this is Plastico performed live by Willie Colon and Ruben Blades. My favorite part in the song is around 6:30 when they start doing shout-outs to the various Latin countries, including Colombia!

Learn Salsa in Colombia

I met Benny (Fluent in 3 Months) when he arrived in Medellin last November for a 2-month stay in Colombia. He wanted to learn salsa in Colombia, so I referred him to my teacher, Yamile, at the dance studio I’ve used the last few years. In the first part of the video, you’ll see footage […]

Gilberto Santa Rosa – Yo No Te Pido

Hector Lavoe – Todo Poderoso

Hector Lavoe is one of the salsa greats, and you can see him rocking out here in Mexico, circa 1978.

Willie Colon – Talento de Television

I’d heard Talento de Television countless times in bars and salsa clubs, but it wasn’t until Thanksgiving Day a few weeks ago that I finally discovered the singer and title by accident while loading up salsa songs by Willie Colon on the The Art House computer. The upbeat rhythm makes it a lot of fun […]

El Tibiri: Hot, Sweaty, Salsa!

El Tibiri is a popular, underground salsa bar on La 70 in Medellin.

Oscar D’Leon – Lloraras

I recently made a mix CD to use during my salsa lessons, and Oscar D’Leon’s “LLoraras” is one of the 10 songs I burned. It gets regular play in salsa bars and clubs, so it makes sense to get a feel for the proper rhythm with my teacher. It’s one of the many songs I […]