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Roberto Roena y su Apollo 3
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Not all tracks are danceable in this CD from this Puerto Rican legend, but the ones which are, well, are really good! Which may come to no surprise since Roberto Roena is a famous good dancer too.. who else could produce good dance music if not a professional musician, a percussionist (!), who also dances?

This is an old CD, one of those for which you need an acquired tastes, but a good investment if you intent to acquire exactly that taste. You will find 2 nice mambos here, “Te Vas A Acordar De Mi” and “El Traqueteo”, by far my favourite, really irresistible, one of those which you can leave on ‘repeat’ and dance by yourself for ages. Cha Cha Cha lovers will also enjoy this CD thanks to “Yo Soy Chambelin”, “Soy El Terror “ and “Que Salga Pascual“. “Hagan Silencio” and “Se Pone Bueno” are mambos, but a bit too fast for my personal tastes, while I find that the boleros “Que Enganada Estas“, “Soy” and “Ilumina Mi Camina” make neither my feet nor my emotions move. I believe the good songs in this CD are enough to make it a good buy.. you definitely need to dance to “El Traqueteo”! 15-10-07

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Jose Barroso - Dances of the Orisha
Afro Cuban Dance with Jose Francisco Barroso

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Style: Orisha, rumba/Afro-Cuban

Content: produced by Obakoso Dance Co. A chance to learn African Cuban folkloric dance from master teacher Jose Francisco Barroso as he guides students in the dances of the Orishas (Yoruba deities) from beginner basics to the more advanced movements and characterizations demonstrated by his explosive soloing. All instruction is accompanied by a live group of musicians singing Orisha songs and performing on Batá drums. Detailed instruction and demonstration of the three types of rumba is also included.
To help ground students in the rhythm each dance section begins with counting and stepping in time with the clave (the 5 note pattern & rhythmic foundation of Afro-Cuban music). Includes:
1) Elegbá - opener of doors, trickster, guardian of the crossroads
2) Ogún - represents work and all human effort - he is a symbol for violence, brute force, of raw energy.
3) Oshún - the deity of river waters and the embodiment of love, sensuality, and fertility
4) Yemayá - the deity of ocean waters and the mother of the entire world
5) Shangó - the Orisha of fire, thunder, lightening, and the owner of the sacred batá.
6) Oyá - the Orisha identified with the wind, thunderbolt, and fire.
7) Rumba Yambú - slower dance for couples
8) Rumba Guaguancó - couples dance
9) Rumba Columbia - men's dance

General Comment: Plenty of material in this DVD, no time wasted in chit-chat or purposeless decorations, just 70 full minutes of dancing and music. The instructor takes you along a journey from the Nigerian roots of Afro-Caribbean dance to the better known rumba styles of Yambu, Guaguanco and Columbia, always accompanied by live percussions and chanting. For each dance the steps are first shown at a slow pace with vocal counting over the clave and then demonstrated with a richer percussion ensemble. You should be aware that no actual instruction is included, you can understand the counting and the steps, but the working out of the details is something you have to do yourself. But, really, this is no excuse for not trying, for just when you may think that your genes could be too 'white' to execute such movements, a few students, including a western woman and an Asian guy, show you that is not the case.. a very timely and useful addition to the demonstrations. The gem comes towards the end, with three outstanding demonstrations of solo and couples rumba. The dancers are very good (the instructor and his rumba partner are outstanding) and so are the musicians and the students. A worthwhile addition to your collection, at least to learn about the origins of salsa.

Reviewed by Fabio - Good

 
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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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