Short Vine
2728 Short Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219, USA


May 30, 2020 - Jun 06, 2020


11:00 am - 12:30 pm


$30 for 2-week session

The Evolution of Salsa Music

Ages 18+

In light of the directives issued by the Governor’s office to limit the spread of the coronavirus in our region, this class has been cancelled.
Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Since 1987, Cincinnati, Ohio has seen a tremendous growth in Salsa music.  From the days of the Havana Martini Club featuring a salsa band every Sunday evening to the twenty-two weeks of Salsa on the Square during the summer months. During the last 32 years Cincinnati has had more Salsa bands then all the Tri-State and surrounding areas.

But, how did Salsa music evolve?  How did it get to Cincinnati, Ohio?

This workshop will time-travel back to Cuba, the origins of salsa music.  It will visit and explore the evolution of salsa music through each decade from the 1920s – 2000s.  And how and when it reached Cincinnati, Ohio. We’ll listen to music from the 1930s during the Rhumba era. The Mambo craze of the 1950s. The Boogaloo of the 1960s in New York City and finally the Salsa Explosion of the 1970s.

If you want, you can come with your dancing shoes!

Should the shelter-in-place order in Ohio be extended, this class will be offered virtually.

  • Session: 2 weeks (May 30 – June 6, 2020)
  • Cost: $30 for 2-week session
  • Class Size: Minimum of 5 students required to run class; no more than 15 students registered.
  • How to Register: Please email alasinc771@hotmail.com with “The Evolution of Salsa Music” in the subject line. Class registration will be confirmed via email, with tuition due prior to the first day of class.

About the Instructor: Victor Vélez

Musical credentials: Vélez musical experience began in 1973, joining his first band, Orchestra Unique amid the salsa explosion in New York City.  Upon arriving to Cincinnati, Ohio in joined Latin X-posure in 1998.  He co-founded, Son del Caribe with Jaime Morales in 2001.  He has performed with, “Fiesta del Soul,” “Monk River Latin Jazz,” “Salsa Caliente,” and is band manager to “Orquesta Kandela.” He recently completed “Salsanati” a book about the history of Salsa and Latin Jazz in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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