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If you like learning, there is plenty! First we have a full timing method, based on our Timing Products with a program to understand salsa and mambo rhythm, based on learning to clap to the music, understanding the rhythm of all different salsa instruments, executing the basic steps correctly on1, and on2, moving to more advanced footwork and learning how to execute all basic salsa and mambo moves on1, on2 and in Cha Cha Cha. Then there is our Salsa Method. This probably is not for everyone, but if you are not intimidated by some minor technicality we believe you will find something useful here: it consists of a method to understand and makeup salsa turn patterns, a way to write and memorise them and a full dictionary of the basic elements of salsa dancing.

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Today's Salsa CD reviews


Vocal Sampling – De Vacaciones
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This CD builds mostly on the formula developed in their ‘Una forma mas’ CD (see…) and tries to timidly expand the territory covered by this ‘vocal sampling’ of full Latin bands. The harmonics and vocal intricacies are even more daring (‘Sueno Contigo’, ‘Eso Esta Bueno’) and the genres covered include a couple of Plenas (‘Pa' Puerto Rico’, ‘La Fiesta Ya Empezo’) as addition to the sons, boleros and Merengue already displayed in their previous CD. Somehow I feel this compilation lacks the sparkle of their first work, not because the novelty has gone, rather because I find the choice of the songs not as effective. Or maybe it is just because these songs seem to be better suited to listening than to dancing. I find that you could dance nicely to ‘De Vacaciones’, ‘Eso Esta Bueno’ (Merengue) and ‘Pa' Puerto Rico’ (Plena) but the other Sons are either too mellow of too fast. Still a good CD.. maybe I was expecting too much..

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Jorge Elizondo - Learn to Dance Bachata Vol 3 Advanced

Level: Int-Adv

Style: Bachata

Content: Bachata Turn Patterns

General Comment: Any dance is born in one form and then develops through several stages to become something different. This has been true for mambo, salsa, tango, R’n’R etc. Some forms become popular, others not, some stay the same for a while longer than others and end up being defined as ‘classic’, whatever this may mean. There is no reason this should not be true for Bachata and indeed the Bachata in this DVD is somehow different from the one I am used to. From a dance which is closely related to Bolero, and a cousin of merengue, I have mostly seen very intimate and simple versions, devoid of figures and pre-programmed turn steps. In this DVD however, Bachata is taught the same way salsa is taught in standard classes. You will learn a number of turn patters, mostly based on salsa-style arm work and even double turns. I supposed elderly ‘Son’ lovers must have felt the same as I feel when they saw the first casino or salsa move in the 70s, so I will humbly accept that my perplexity towards this version of Bachata is merely due to being old fashioned. I did not find the explanations easy to follow, mostly because footwork and armwork is taught before being demonstrated with the partner, so I felt I missed the meaning of the moves I was trying to learn, but technology comes to our rescue here thanks to our best friend the ‘rewind-button’. Some view angles were not that fortunate either, which lead me to twist my neck to hopelessly attempt to see what was happening behind the voluminous instructor. One component which is surely not taken from the salsa tradition is the lead; the instructor seems to use some techniques inherited from R’n’R or rockabilly to lead turns, while other moves are ‘suggested’ with a determination unseen even in the most ‘Cuban’ casino.. I trust it must work. Having said that, I am sure that a few people will find this DVD series useful. It will allow you to dance Bachata whether or not you develop the trademark Dominican hip motion, and many will surely find it easier and safer to learn this set of moves than venturing into some demanding intimacy. Why not?

Reviewed by: Fabio from SalsaIsGood Ok

 
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On2? Which On2? I am writing this post to all experienced salsa dancers out there, and in particular to all salsa instructors. I have a question which hopefully will spark an e-mail exchange from which I may understand a few things which are unclear to me. In order to put this into context, first a few 'facts'.

Fact 1 . Roughly speaking, most people dance salsa either On1, or On2 Modern Mambo (NY style) or On2 Classic Mambo (Puerto Rican style also similar to Cuban contratiempo). Today Modern Mambo is used more frequently than Classic Mambo at congresses and salsa classes around the world.. more...

 
The Salsa 10 Commandments: 1)You shall not dance out of time, 2) You shall not refuse a dance to a less advanced dancer , 3) You shall respect other dancers on the dance floor more...

 
Creativity, Style and Salsa: How can I be creative in my dancing? How does SuperMario come up with his incredible moves? Did Eddie Torres invent NY style? What is style? Who creates a style? What does it mean to be creative anyway?

There are no objective answers to the above questions. They all, one way or the other, depend on subjective views on the artistic expression we call salsa, on what we like, and on what we intend by salsa in the first place. But we can still say reasonable things about the matter and make the creative process clearer and possibly easier. What follows are some thoughts of mine, mostly borrowed from my maths background. I am sure all this must have been said already within the art or humanistic literature, and if you are aware of work in this area please let me know, so that I can learn more.

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