Category Archives: History

Articles about CPSalsa’s past, as well as Salsa’s historical past

Starting Salsa

I recall the exact moment like it was yes­ter­day. It was my sec­ond salsa les­son, and I was prac­tic­ing the basic step with a cou­ple other ner­vous begin­ners. I remem­ber how the way I was mov­ing in rhythm with the music felt so good, …
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History Pt III — Enter the Firemen

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In part 2, I detailed the start of our photo shoot­ing ways. Next up, I detail the story behind the fire­men ad cam­paign. Fire­men? Sure! We were orig­i­nally think­ing of movie par­o­dies like Amer­i­can Beauty and Spi­der­man when Char­lie had men­tioned in one of the …
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Learning to Live and Salsa

There comes a time in every young man’s life when he must undergo a kind of rit­u­al­is­tic death.  It is through this destruc­tion that the old ways of doing and think­ing are exter­mi­nated giv­ing birth to a new energy marked by calm, com­pas­sion, …
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Hooked

I was in my fourth year at Cal Poly and the path I was walk­ing was the path of lone­li­ness: long hours of study­ing sprin­kled amidst long hours of gam­ing. I was sadly friend­less, with my best friend away at a dif­fer­ent school due …
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My First Time at CPSalsa

You have to come to CPSalsa! How will you know you don’t like it if you don’t try it?” my friend Michael pleaded. “I just know! I’ve never done a part­ner dance before, I won’t know any­one other than you there, and …
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History Pt Deux

Con­tin­u­ing the his­tory les­son… Our stroll down mem­ory lane begins a few years after the found­ing of CPSalsa (detailed in Part 1). We had been founder­ing for a while, strug­gling to get stu­dents and even strug­gling to get the moti­va­tion to run …
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How I Started Salsa Pt 2

In Part 1, I told you about how I ended up at CPSalsa for the first time. I’ve never been a nat­ural dancer and I have zero nat­ural rhythm. The night of my first les­son was a blur. A frus­trat­ing, con­fus­ing blur. I felt like I was rub­bing my …
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How I Started Salsa Pt 1

This is the story of how I got started. Back then, I was a geek (I still am). And I was an engi­neer­ing stu­dent. Walk­ing around cam­pus, I remem­ber see­ing CPSalsa posters every­where. The cap­tions said, “Look­ing For A Few Good Men”. I had just bro­ken up …
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Cuban Pete

  Si uno no baila en clave — metido en el ritmo de la musica, esta bai­lando con­tra la musica. –Pedro Aguilar “Cuban Pete” Cuban Pete was one of the cel­e­brated dancers of the Pal­la­dium era of mambo/salsa in the …
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A Little History

The Officers

Ancient his­tory… Eleven years ago, CPSalsa was lit­tle more than an idea, a smat­ter­ing of elec­tri­cal pulses jump­ing between neu­rons inside the heads of a cou­ple of guys. Back then, they may not have known that CPSalsa would still be here now, …
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