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Salsa Passion: An Interview with Lance Zhang, Salsa Dance Instructor

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Everything about Salsa spells passion: the hip movement, the shifting of the ribcage, the up and down movement of the shoulders, the change of direction; not to mention the rhythm, the expression on dancers’ faces and of course, the timing. Normally a partner dance, Salsa expresses emotions and messages through music and dance, albeit fast in some forms but romantic nonetheless.

In Tianjin, the go-to-guy to learn Salsa is Lance Zhang锛堝紶鐭, Zh膩ng M谩o锛. With 10 years of experience in teaching Salsa, Lance has blessed many students with his skills, knowledge and love for Salsa, as well as his passion for teaching others to learn and love this synergetic dance form. After getting his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Dance /Physical Dance (International Standard Dance), Lance then focused his attention in Salsa as he feels this kind of dance brings him a lot of joy. Here’s more of Tianjin Plus’ conversation with Tianjin’s Salsa maestro.

First off, what are basic skills one must have to start learning Salsa?
Salsa dancing is very easy to learn. Many people may feel intimidated when they hear the word dancing. They think it must be very professional and difficult to learn. Actually, Salsa can be regarded as a way for people to communicate while listening to the music and its rhythm. Therefore, anyone can learn Salsa.  Age, gender, nationality and figure cannot stop someone from learning this dance.

How can Salsa students overcome difficulties in dancing?
As a dance teacher, I can easily discover the problems and difficulties during classes. What I need to do is to tell students to use the easiest way to solve their problem, and let them feel real fun whilst dancing. Even though they may come across some difficulties, they can overcome them with my help.

What health or emotional benefits would one get from dancing this kind of dance?

Salsa dancing is good for mental and emotional health. Continuous 60 minutes (one session) of Salsa dancing will help an individual to consume about 500-600 calories and they can consume more calories with faster musical rhythm or larger range of motion. Meanwhile, Salsa is not a very strenuous kind of dance, so it will not increase the pressure on our knees or ankles. That’s the reason why even people who are obese or overweight can learn this kind of dance.
When dancing Salsa, your mind can stay clear of unhappy things with the help of the background music and with the whole body being involved in dancing. What’s more, it can promote the secretion of brain dopamine which helps to ease your pressure and helps the body to react positively.

Can you tell us about your biggest achievement so far?

I was invited to attend the CCTV dancing and body building program shown in 2011 and 2012. I’ve also judged some dance shows and have been a guest to some TV Programs. However, the biggest achievement for me is the increasing number of people starting to learn and love Salsa.

Aside from Salsa classes, you also organise Salsa parties. Tell us about this.

I always organise some themed parties and birthday parties, and organising Salsa parties is something that is very interesting for me. With totally different themes and content plans, we make this party full of surprises and excitement. Also, this is unique in Tianjin!

How is the Tianjin crowd accepting this kind of dance?
More and more people are learning Salsa now and have joined my Salsa classes so this means that lots have already become part of our Salsa family! Salsa is a language, a kind of communication that brings people together. Through dancing Salsa, we connect with each other and become friends with people from different cities and countries from all over the world.

Lastly, what would you like to tell Tianjin Plus readers who are interested in joining your Salsa classes or Salsa Parties?
I’m so happy that I can share my passion of dancing Salsa with you. Tianjin Plus Magazine is really good and useful, and I hope that through Tianjin Plus more people will get to know the fun classes and exciting Salsa Parties in the city. Let’s all learn to dance Salsa together!
(For more information on Salsa classes and parties, contact Lance Zhang via these social networking portals -Twitter: @LanceZM, Facebook: Lance ZM and Weibo: @鑾辨仼鏂紶鐭.)


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