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Our specialities are the Timing Products and our DVDs designed specifically for you to practice timing, footwork and even turn patterns, solo at home. We also have DVDs full of turn patterns, some of which are demonstrated and explained by over 40 dancers including some world famous stars. Finally don’t forget our Bachata DVDs, one of our best sellers.

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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


Benny More' - Grabaciones Completas
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There are people who are attracted to a certain dance because of the nostalgia of an era in which they never lived; somehow this lures many into tango and swing. If you are the type subject to these temptations you will find this CD irresistibly charming, since it breathes of the 50s and early 60s from every pore and you can almost see the music floating in black and white in front of your eyes. If, like me, you do not like to mysticise the past, you have no reason to worry, since there is plenty to love in this music just for the music’s sake and, of course, for the sake of the dance. The big orchestra is as good as it gets, and has nothing to envy from the other classics of the era, like Benny Goodman or Glenn Miller. Benny More’s voice is velvety soothing and devilish at the same time and the rhythm.. well, that is for us dancers to enjoy.

If you have been into salsa for a while you probably know many of the songs included; they are the classics that so many singers of more recent generations covered, not aiming to emulate (who dares?) but rather to pay respect to one of the myths of Cuban music. As with all legends ‘proper’ who died at the peak of their success (Bob Marley, Jimmy Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Benny More), the record companies try to squeeze every cent from their unresting souls, employing the most perverse combinatorics in order to shuffle the same songs into as many compilations as possible.. after all it is not the record companies’ fault if the stars died before the contract expired, right? So, in order to avoid buying many CDs from Benny More just to find the same tracks over and over, you may very well go for this 3 CD combo and be done with it. You won’t regret it.

I find Benny More’ at his best in his boleros, which you may use to rehearse being romantic, or even better to dance in a romantic way. But his Cha-Cha-Chas are equally compelling and you will be forced to follow the rhythm with whatever body part is available at the moment. These Cha-Cha-Cha have the curious feature of simply ‘feeling right’ and will make you wonder why the modern ones you hear in the clubs do not seem to flow that well. There are fewer mambos and many are very fast (as was the fashion then) but those few will scream that you ‘do it On2’ and will be perfect to master and enjoy the art of ‘contratiempo’. So, try to see past the black and white, you will find this music is not old, but simply timeless.

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SalsaIsGood - Salsa with the Stars

Level: Int-Adv

Style: NY-LA-Cuban

Content: Figures, Styling, Interpretation

General Comment: It's our product, so we like it :) . To see what our customeres think of it, click here. For a description of the content click here.

 
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Salsa articles

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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Feelin'Merengue
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