Salsa musicality

Workshop & social

Saturday November 17th 2-5pm


a musicality workshop?

Do you want to...?
Know the differences between "Salsa ON1" and "Salsa ON2"?
Apply MUSICALITY to your dancing?
Improve your SOCIAL DANCING game?

Carlos Adames will be peeling the layers of Salsa music back, one by one, to help students better understand the different rhythms and instruments that make up a Salsa song.  

Who is the class for?

Anyone interested in better understanding the instrumental layers of Salsa music (all levels). We do recommend that you have previously taken a Salsa class before to get the most out of this workshop.

What is the schedule?


Musicality Workshop


S a l s a S o c i a l 

80% Salsa / 20% Bachata
(Carlos will be playing live percussions with DJ furcio)

1. Intro to the Clave (fundamental instruments in a Salsa song) 
2. What is the Tumbao? (basic conga drum pattern) 
3. Build the Salsa pattern and identify the different layers of each instrument 
4. Break down the pattern to understand and apply it to dancing Salsa On2 

 what is the

registration cost?

Early Bird Deadline: Friday November 2nd at 11:59pm 
$25 per person (includes class and social) 
$20 per person (just the class)
Regular Rate: After November 2nd at 11:59pm until November 11th @11:59pm
$35 per person (includes class and social) 
$30 per person (just the class)

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*Online registration only

*LIMITED amount of passes available. All passes are first come, first serve, no exceptions.

*Pricing listed is a per-person rate (see terms & conditions below for details.)

Meet the percussionist:

carlos adames

The Milwaukee-based Carlos Adames Group follows in the footsteps of great latin jazz innovators, combining elements of traditional and modern latin rhythms with dynamic jazz harmonies to create an exciting new sound. Panamanian-born conguero Carlos Adames leads the group, drawing from his encyclopedic knowledge of the rhythms of the world in his compositions and performance. A talent on the congas, bata, and drumset, Adames has appeared all over the United States and Latin America, dazzling audiences with his explosive solos and intricate patterns. Experienced bandleader and timbalero Tony Ayala provides the rhythmic backbone with sizzling work on the timbales, bongo, and much more. A transplant from Puerto Rico, his tight grooves and dramatic breaks are the perfect complement to Adames. Oberlin-trained Milwaukee native pianist Elias Holman gives the group its melodic voice, exploring the vast space of jazz and latin music both live and in his compositions. With a mixture of dense harmonies and elegant lines, he adds a unique and compelling sound above the rhythmic base. Milwaukee’s Conway Powell rounds out the quartet with tight work on the upright and electric bass. A veteran performer who has toured throughout the United States, Powell lays down everything from simple tumbao to dirtiest funk with sparkling energy.

Carlos Adames is a widely acclaimed percussionist known for his explosive soloing and inventive conga patterns, and a composer, arranger and educator who has worked professionally all over the Western Hemisphere and Europe.

Mr. Adames was born into a musical family that inspired him and helped shape him as a musician, and he began playing the drums at the age of six. His South American and Caribbean roots combined with his understanding of contemporary and classical music make him a complete and skilled master musician. Mr. Adames studied Percussion at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes of Mexico, as well as with world known percussionists such as Alex Acuña, Endel Dueño, Jesús Alfonso Miró, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Lamim Thiam, and many others.

Mr. Adames is committed to the development of conga playing, breaking down traditional percussion barriers to perform Latin rhythms, jazz, funk and hip-hop while retaining his distinctly Latin roots. His musical journey is a personal quest to explore and create new sounds and rhythmic fusions, and his playing is characterized by innovation, energy and pure heart." -

workshop Guidelines

This workshop is are 1.5 hours long with a 1.5 hour social following. Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to allow our staff to properly sign you in and make sure your account is up to date!  

  • This workshop does not ALLOW DROP INS. all attendees must pre-register online.

  • attendees may bring a notebook and pen to take notes during the class. no recording allowed. no electronic devices may be used during class.

 No class credit transfers may be made to anyone. Classes unused will not roll over to another class, workshop or event. There are no refunds for purchases, all sales are final.