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Timing and rhythm in Salsa, Mambo and Bachata

It’s ok to find Mambo and Salsa (and maybe Bachata) music difficult. It is NOT ok not to do anything about it
Everyone knows that dancing is about music. Everyone except for many who take dance classes (!!) and lose themselves in turn patterns and crazy styling. Get in touch again with the real core of dancing, by understanding the music and its relation to your movement. Then, but only then, you can proceed to learning turn patterns
"My prayers were answered when I found these salsa timing DVDs. I was ready to just give up. That all changed when the "Salsa Timing Gods" appeared in the form of www.salsaisgood.com in my google search. I ordered the first DVDs and the CD and it was like having a compassionate doctor fianlly diagnose your disease. I had the "I can't hear the beat" syndrome and they took all the shame away and told me I would have to learn a different way if I simply followed the prescribed exercises. These products will teach you how to dance on beat in the privacy of your own home so that when you go to class it will all make sense to you and you can use that class time to enjoy yourself instead of in a secret panic because you know your off beat. These products understand the timing problem most people have and they have figured out a way to really teach salsa timing. I am going to say this! If you practice with these DVDs you can learn! I did! I can never stop talking about these DVDs to my fellow dancers no matter how advanced. INSTRUCTORS. If you have beginners that you know are having a hard time with the beat be merciful and recommend this site to them. " (Jacqueline, jcqlnprz at yahoo . com)
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Timing Exercises Vol 4, DVD
DVD - $30
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A little chachacha effort now, and you will have endless salsa fun forever!

Main Features:
  • 22 exercises, which loop forever so you can progress at your own pace.
  • 4 clips for each exercise will make sure that you.
  • Understand the rhythm pattern by first clapping to it.
  • Learn the footwork by following the break down, literally step by step.Practise the footwork first with a slow and then with a medium pace salsa rhythm so you remember it
  • Rhythm guide available to ensure that your footwork is precise
  • Choice of switching the rythym guide off, once you are confident you can execute the footwork correctly and precisely.
  • Improving on previous volumes, we have added a simple rhythm score to help you to clap in time by visualising the rhythm patters

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From Salsa to Mambo (via Cha Cha Cha), DVD
DVD - $30
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Learn and practise all the essential footwork you need to dance On1, On2 and Cha Cha Cha. Why Cha Cha Cha? Because Cha Cha Cha is a magic wand, it makes learning to dance On2 so very, very easy. Thanks to Cha Cha Cha all On2 mysteries will disappear once for all.

Main Features:
  • Learn the 13 footwork elements which comprise 90% of the salsa and mambo you need when you dance socially. This applies to both men and ladies.
  • Master them On1, On2 and in Cha Cha Cha.
  • Practise all footrwork elements in New York (modern) and Puerto Rican (classic) mambo. They are interchangeable, so you can choose which one to adopt in your on2 dancing!
  • Learn a footwork routine containing all 13 elements in a sequence. Practise it daily for a few weeks to make all footwork natural and instinctive both On1 and On2.
  • Over 60 individual exercises for you to practise all aspects of your social salsa and mambo footwork


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    Salsa Timing Exercises, 2 DVDs
    4 DVDs - $80 $70
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    This program will help you solve your timing problems once and for all. This DVD series is completely different from all others: it is not something to watch, it is something to exercise with. It is specifically designed for people who like to learn by doing, who lack confidence on the dance floor despite an extensive repertoire, who struggle to find the beat when anything but simple salsa music plays or who may find it difficult when the timing of a song changes halfway through.

    Main Features: exercise with literally endless repetition and no need to rewind since the clips loop forever, clips to use along the way to monitor your progress, clapping exercises to perfect your timing in a variety of situations, footwork On1 and On2 moderm mambo and On2 classic mambo, music loops from real salsa instruments and real salsa songs, different choices of muic speed, visual and vocal guides

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    Timing Exercises Vol 3, DVD
    DVD - $30
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    A number of exercises designed to develop your musicality and improve the speed, agility and precision of your footwork in Salsa and Mambo.

    Main Features:
  • 27 exercises, which loop forever so you can progress at your own pace.
  • 4 clips for each exercise will make sure that you.
  • Understand the rhythm pattern by first clapping to it
  • Learn the footwork by following the break down, literally step by step
  • Practise the footwork first with a slow and then with a medium pace salsa rhythm so you remember it
  • Rhythm guide available to ensure that your footwork is precise
  • Choice of switching the rythym guide off, once you are confident you can execute the footwork correctly and precisely.
  • 4 types of exercises.stepping exercises with strong, weak and syncopated beats; stepping exercises with three salsa instruments to learn to literally move with them; footwork exercises with a faster pace to develop speed and agility; footwork exercises based on free style rhythm patterns

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    Salsa on the Spur of the Music, DVD
    DVD - $30
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    A DVD all about music timing, rhythm, music interpretation and spontaneity in Salsa. Are you getting so busy learning figures and shines that you forget to actually dance? Then this video is for you!!

    Main Features:
  • All the details about timing, rhythm, accents and interpretation which are not covered in standard salsa classes.
  • Examples and inspiration from great dancers including Stacey and Lucy Lopez from Puerto Rico.
  • Video footage of typical mistakes that dancers make and how to recognise them.
  • Plenty of ideas and suggestions to develop your own expressivity.
  • Explanation of all salsa instruments, how to listen to them, how to dance to them and how to tune into their groove.
  • Lessons about syncopation and accents. A music class specifically designed for salsa dancers.
  • Instruction on how to dance 'on 1', 'on clave 2', and 'on NY 2'.
  • Decorations, marking the music breaks and accents, spontaneity…
  • Decorations inherited from Cuban rumba.

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    Salsa on the Beat, Music CD
    CD - $19
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    A great way to practice your salsa steps whilst you perfect your timing. A basic dance class plus music tuition in a single CD. Made easy by using vocal, visual and written instructions. Unlike other rhythmic CDs, here each instrument is isolated and analysed individually. They are then reassembled one by one to form a full salsa band. An ideal tool for both dance students and instructors alike. Dancing "on the beat" has never been so easy!

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    Bachata Caribbean Style Vol 3, DVD
    DVD - $25
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  • Dance like a Dominican! A completely different method to learn and dance Bachata
  • 40 (!) different exercises, from beginner to intermediate level
  • Fully interactive: choose the exercise yoiu want to practise, the speed, and the exercise will loop forever. You can practice following the steps at your leisure and for as long as you need!
  • You will practise the footwork from other 2 DVDs of this series “The method” and “The demos
  • We added a “rhythmic cue”, which plays the rhythm pattern of the actual steps in the sequence. This is very useful to memorize the sequence
  • A beat counter helps you time the sequence correctly and a guide on the screen tells you
    when the basic steps occur and when to get ready for the sequence.
  • The “arm coordination” set is crucial! Not only to learn the basic syncopations, but also to learn how to isolate the hand movements from the footwork.
  • Each clips is provided at different speeds and with different music.

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    How to choose the right Salsa Timing and Rhythm product or combo

    Timing Exercises Vol 1 (2 DVDs)

    Learn to clap to the music and test yourself. Learn to follow different beats, different speeds and exercise with different rhythms, instruments and real salsa loops.
    Timing Exercises Vol 2 (2 DVDs)

    Learn to execute a set of basic salsa footwork with correct timing and test yourself. Learn to adapt to rhythm changes and speed changes, to dance with different rhythms, instruments and real salsa loops. Most important, learn all this On1, On2 NY style and On2 Puerto Rican style.
    Timing Exercises Vol 3 (DVD)

    Progress in your timing and rhythm learning: leant to step to syncopations, to interpret different salsa instruments with your feet and then learn some more unusual footwork phrasing. All footwork is original, has a strong rhythm feel, is very short and can be used solo or interspersed in your partnerworkk
    Salsa on the Spur of the Music (DVD)

    All you wanted to know about salsa rhythm and more. Many years of salsa experience packed in a single DVD, including fundamentals of music timing, learning to distinguish the 1 from the 5, a list of common timing mistakes, the 'best salsa clip ever' featuring Stacey and Lucy Lopez, and much more.
    Salsa on the Beat (CD)

    Learn to recognise different salsa instruments and understand how they combine to form a salsa band. Train your ear to salsa rhythm with this CD everywhere you go, in your car, on youir Ipod.. everywhere.

    Many people have described this as the best Timing CD around
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