Music before dance

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 August, 2006, 12:00am

There are extravagant Hong Kong bankers willing to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to learn Latin dancing, but Afro-Cuban musician David Chala thinks people should understand a little bit about the music first.

The Cuban-Canadian decided he had had enough of cold winters, moved here in 2003 and now he's started offering music appreciation classes that are probably the first of their kind in the city. At a North Point studio, Chala explains, with much personal expertise, the background, technicalities and complex rhythms of styles like salsa, meringue, bachata and cha cha.

'Many people dance, but they cannot dance on the beat,' Chala says. 'Everybody can enjoy Latin music and practise Latin dance, yet you will know how to move better and understand what really happens in the songs after you have the chance to get a deeper insight of the music.'

The first of the lessons began last Saturday. If you're interested in joining, you can contact Chala at or call 9857 9391.