Salsa Shines are when the man and woman break away from each other during a salsa dance and do solo footwork. This happens when you get to the part of a salsa song called the "descarga" when there is so much going on in the music, that just doing salsa turn patterns doesn't cut it in terms of musicality so you break away from your partner (still facing each other though!) and totally bust out! :-)
Learning shines is not only great for this application while social dancing, learning shines also really helps your timing and musicality for actual salsa turnpatterns. Above all - they are soooooo fun!
Shines are taught to students for the first time at the Beginners Salsa Showcase level. You'll then learn them for 10 - 15 minutes at the beginning of every Intermediate Salsa and Advanced Salsa class.
The Men's Salsa Shines team generally does not run year round. It will usually only be run as a Showcase performance course and then, those routines may also be added to the Squad repertoire.
In 2019, The Men's Salsa Shines Team will run from through Terms 4 and 5 and culminate with a performance at the MLD Showcase on Saturday the 19th of October.