Artist profile – Luis Enrique

No matter what city you are in, if you’ve been to any Latin clubs or salsa socials, you’ve likely already heard this song:

Yo No Sé Mañana exploded onto the salsa scene four years ago and quickly became “the song” that guarantees to get all dancers running onto the dance floor, replacing the slew of Marc Anthony songs as the new go-to for romantic salsa. It presents a potent mix of pop styling and irresistible Latin rhythm; add in a strong vocal backed up by a catchy chorus, and you have a song that people ask the DJs to play again and again and again.

Today, I would like to introduce you to the singer of this hit, Luis Enrique, also known as “El Principe de la Salsa”, or the Prince of Salsa.

Luis Enrique was born in Nicaragua, and entered the United States in 1978 at the age of 16, settling in Los Angeles. Without any formal musical education growing up, Luis studied and observed his favorite performers as his only preparation for his upcoming musical career. Luis never expected to become a salsa singer, but when he auditioned for a local salsa group that was looking for a lead singer, he impressed the group so much that they took him straight to the studio to cut a demo, which earned him his first record deal with Sony in 1987. His first success came a year later in 1988 with the release of his second album, Amor y Alegria, earning him international fame and recognition.

Since then, Luis has been a leading force behind the salsa romantica movement, popularizing the more contemporary approach to salsa music. Some people have credited Luis Enrique for setting up the success for other artists such as La India and even Marc Anthony, and bringing salsa music (in its popularized form) back into the mainstream.

Luis’s biggest breakthrough this decade was his 2009 album, Ciclos, which includes the hit song Yo No Sé Mañana, earning him the number one spot on the Billboard Tropical Albums chart, multiple Latin Grammy nominations, as well as the 2010 Grammy Award for the Best Tropical Latin Album.

Late registrations, and salsa congress news!

Azucar! News – Week of September 23

Our first week of Fall 2013 classes is behind us, and we’re so happy to be reunited with all our lovely return students, as well as to meet all our new ones! We are still taking registrations this week, so click on the image below to see the schedule. Then, email us at info@azucarottawa.com to register for a class.

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We’re still recovering from a very eventful summer (and start of fall!), so this is a light news week, however we are planning a few more events between now and the end of the year, so check back soon!

We’re also planning on taking as many of you as possible to Montreal next year! Read on.

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Let’s go to the 2014 Montreal Salsa Convention!
Every May, Montreal hosts a salsa festival called the Montreal Salsa Convention. It is a celebration of salsa that brings together dancers from around the world, with great dance workshops, dance shows every night, and amazing social dance parties.

We’re organizing a school trip to next year’s Montreal congress! If you haven’t checked out a salsa congress before, we highly encourage you to go. We’re starting to plan this early, because early bird ticket sales end on September 30th. So check out the link above, get your tickets, and email us at info@azucarottawa.com to let us know, so we can include you in our Montreal Salsa Convention mailing list!

Connect with us!
On Twitter: @AzucarOttawa
On Instagram: @AzucarOttawa
On Facebook: /AzucarOttawa

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Give your loved ones the gift of dance – send them an Azúcar! gift card from SMAKK.ca. Click, order, and have the card send directly to them, electronically or by mail!

This week’s events
For a list of other socials happening this week, check out Salsa à la carte.

Kizomba, Open House, and Azucar!’s first Anniversary!

Azucar! News – Week of September 9

Fall brings us a new line-up of classes and events. Our lessons start next Monday, but we have more special events leading up to the first salsa class, so read on!

Kizomba Workshops – September 10 and 11
We are proudly hosting two upcoming Kizomba workshops (September 10th and 11th, from 7 to 10pm)! For those looking to try something new and exciting, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn from some of the best international talents! Check the Facebook event page for details!

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Fall 2013 Open House – September 14

As is quickly becoming tradition, we are starting our Fall session with a half-day of FREE dance workshops to give you a taste of our NEW CLASSES this session. Come check out bachata by Ali and Darnell, Afro Urban Dance by Natalie, and Salsaton by Emilie! All the details here!

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Azucar! Anniversary Party – September 15
It has been a year full of loving instructors, hard working students, and of course, lots of music and dancing. We have formed a wonderful community of dancers who support each other, and we have made Ottawa an even more wonderful city to dance in! Come celebrate with us – for more details, check out the Facebook event.

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Fall Classes start September 16
Our new class schedule is now available, and registration is open! You can find the schedule on our web site. You can also see our September schedule at a glance here.

Connect with us!
On Twitter: @AzucarOttawa
On Instagram: @AzucarOttawa
On Facebook: /AzucarOttawa

smakk logoAzúcar! gift cards available on SMAKK.ca!
Give your loved ones the gift of dance – send them an Azúcar! gift card from SMAKK.ca. Click, order, and have the card send directly to them, electronically or by mail!

This week’s events
For a list of other socials happening this week, check out Salsa à la carte.

You Might be a Salsero/Salsera If:

  1. Salsa parties are your main social outings, and life is planned around them.
  2. Your salsa friends outnumber your non-salsa friends.
  3. You are personally responsible for at least 5 people in your life becoming dancers.
  4. Your dance shoes ARE your normal shoes, and get infinitely more care than your street shoes.
  5. You have salsa music on your phone, iPod/mp3 player, in your car, on your computer, and on your radio presets.
  6. Your non-salsa friends are sick and tired or you steering every conversation towards salsa.
  7. You know the meaning of, and have strong opinions about all of these things: dancing on1/on2, backleading, NY/LA/Cuban/Colombian styles, spotting, 2-3 and 3-2 clave, the proper length of a salsa song, salsa etiquette, and more!
  8. You have at least one dance idol that makes you go all foam-at-the-mouth fanboy/fangirl.
  9. You have at least one salsa-themed t-shirt, and know what it means to dance-test a piece of clothing.
  10. You know the approximate dates of all salsa congresses in your country, and select international ones as well.
  11. You have been known to dance in your office, in an elevator, in your office washroom or hallway, in line at the bank, walking down the street, waiting for the bus, in the shower, doing the dishes and while vacuuming.
  12. You could add to this list – and will do it in the comments!

 

Fall classes and milestones

Azucar! News – Week of September 2

We’ve had a couple weeks’ break, and we’re gearing up to get back into the studio! We start  with a couple of back-to-school workshops this Wednesday! Then, come celebrate our one-year anniversary on September 15th before starting regular classes again on September 16th! Here are the details.

Sept 4 bannerBack-to-school Workshops – September 4
Before our school officially opens on September 16th, we will be holding a series of workshops designed to make you look sharper and bolder on the dance floor! Master your double spins (6:30-7:30pm) and learn some hot dips and tricks (7:30-8:30pm). Want to join our Salsa: Intermediate 2 class starting September 16? This class will require individual assessment, so we’re holding informal “tryouts” to see whether you’re ready for its rigors. Come by at 8:30pm for a free assessment! For more details, check out the Facebook event!

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Azucar! Anniversary Party – September 15
It has been a year full of loving instructors, hard working students, and of course, lots of music and dancing. We have formed a wonderful community of dancers who support each other, and we have made Ottawa an even more wonderful city to dance in! Come celebrate with us – for more details, check out the Facebook event.

fall web banner
Fall Classes start September 16
Our new class schedule is now available, and registration is open! You can find the schedule on our web site. You can also see our September schedule at a glance here.

Connect with us!
On Twitter: @AzucarOttawa
On Instagram: @AzucarOttawa
On Facebook: /AzucarOttawa

smakk logoAzúcar! gift cards available on SMAKK.ca!
Give your loved ones the gift of dance – send them an Azúcar! gift card from SMAKK.ca. Click, order, and have the card send directly to them, electronically or by mail!

This week’s events
For a list of other socials happening this week, check out Salsa à la carte.