Alien Ramirez – The Best Salsa Dancer Alive Today

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.


Alien and Daniel in 2015.

There are so many magical elements in this video; the way she plays with instruments, particularly the trumpets, her leg movements prior to and during cross body leads (0:48 is subtly awesome), her shoulder syncopation with the congas and her finger syncopation with the piano at 3:57 when she touches his chin – as if she’s playing the piano.  And that move at 2:11, when she surprises Daniel! Genius. Yes, I’m sure she knows the song very well – but she still has to execute these moves all while staying in time and connected to Daniel.

Alien and Juan Matos in 2015.

My favorite thing about this dance isn’t the actual dance itself – it’s Alien’s presence and personality.  Even when Juan becomes self-indulgent and disregards their connection – Alien is still connected to the dance and feeling the music and the moment.  I love that about her.  She’s always engaged and having a good time.

Alien and David Zepeda in 2017.

A wonderfully fun and playful social dance.

Alien solo performance in 2019.

I think it’s brilliant. Alien showing her mastery of musicality (even without any ‘music’) and incorporating several dance styles into her performance.

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