I’m not going to lie. I’m a huge fan of the Cuban born dancer, Alien Ramirez. You could probably tell from the provocative blog title. I’m also not going to pretend that I’ve been dancing salsa for 30 years (actually, around 15 years) or that I’ve witnessed all the greats of salsa social dance (YouTube certainly helps), but much like a casual fan could tell Michael Jordan was really good at basketball – I can tell that Alien should be considered one of the best, if not the best. Her ability to interpret the music and create art through dance is a joy to watch.
Alien has won several latin dance championships and has garnered a lot of accolades, but I think what sets her apart are her social dance skills. There are plenty of YouTube videos of Alien dancing – but I will present a few of my favorites. Watch for the syncopated steps, subtle hip movements, not-so-subtle hip movements, appropriate body rolls, leg sweeps, effortless improvisation and, most importantly, the joy she exudes while dancing! Do you have any favorite dancers? If so, who?
Alien and Oliver Pineda in 2012.
The video has over 1 million views for a reason as it’s an absolute master class on salsa musicality and improvisation. They both shine and it doesn’t get much better than this.