Health & Fitness

By Jan Lee


If the thought of yoga makes you want take a nap or the idea of running around a track makes want to swear off carbs, then slip on a sexy skirt and work up a radiant dew while toning your calves in one of NYC’s hot Salsa dance spots. “It’s fun and it doesn’t feel like you are going to work-out,” says Ashley “Angel” McKenna, the director, instructor and a dancer of Cosalda Dance Company. “Salsa dancing works your large muscle groups, including the legs, thighs, abs and back, without thinking about it.”


Salsa can be danced in a variety of styles and timings, but the “On 2” timing is favored by the NYC club scene. Practice this basic 8-count step using the chart below and you may very soon feel like you’re the next Layla Ali shaking what her daddy gave her on Dancing with the Stars.


If you decide to use Salsa dancing as a workout regiment, McKenna suggests dancing two to three times week. Four songs is approximately equivalent to a 30 minute workout, so adjust your total dance time according to your endurance level. And although she suggests going to classes first, going out to clubs is definitely a good way to meet like-minded dance fiends and get acquainted with the scene. If clubs just aren’t for you, call your local gym to see if they offer Salsa dance classes. Here BN’s pics for best dance clubs:

Club Cache
221 W. 46th Street (between 8th and Broadway), 212.391.6881,
Thursdays 10pm-2am
$10 cover
Note: At 10:15pm, there is a free mini-dance lesson with McKenna. Visit the website for the performance calendar or to print out a discount pass.


Gonzalez y Gonzalez
625 Broadway, 212.473.8787,
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays after 10pm
No cover


511 Lexington Ave, 212.593.7575,
Wednesdays 6pm-1pm
$5 ladies; $10 for gentlemen cover


To learn the moves before shaking it, call Ashley McKenna of Cosalda Dance Company at 713-376-3762

Or go to your nearest Crunch Fitness Gym to get the info on their Latin Dance class schedule.

Note from the Editors: The Staff of Beauty News is among thousands of dance loving New Yorkers who salute the Copacabana, which had its last dance June 30, 2007. This famous nightclub and dance club legend closed its doors after over sixty years of achieving legendary status. The Copacabana, one of the hottest salsa nightspot in world is closing to make way for subway renovations on the #7 train. We wish owner John Juliano “¡Suerte!” in the search for a new location, hopefully in Manhattan later this fall.

Originally published July 2007



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