Category Archives: History

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

Throwback Thursday – Ad Posters from 2006-2007

Charlie Rios and Khang Duong

Thursdays are the domain of the throwback, so today, we give you our ad posters from the 2007 academic year. Before you peruse, here’s some background info on these pictures. Charlie Roberts was our Ad director that year, and was …
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TIL Tuesday – Bachata Origins

Bachata Painting

It’s another Tuesday, which means you get another bit of trivia. Today we’ll talk about… The Brief Origins of Bachata Bachata originated from the Dominican Republic in the 1960s following the demise of Trujillo and his 30 year dictatorship, the …
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Throwback Thursdays – Officers ’04

It’s Throwback Thursday! Here’s a little bit of nostalgia for those OG members of ours.

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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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, …
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