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Tirso Duarte – Fin de Juego
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This is another offspring from la Charanga Habanera, although the influence here is less strong than in other artists. Tirso Duarte’s talent is overwhelming, from his amazing voice to his unique piano playing we are left to wonder how so much skill ended up concentrated in a single person. And perhaps it is no surprise that so much talent lead to a very rich CD with its own flavour. For a full appreciation of the work you may need to listen to it more than once, from a musician’s point of view there is so much to pick, on top of the voice and the piano playing, the harmonies are a continuum entertainment and so are the overall arrangements. For the dancers, this CD is less straightforward, since this is not text-book timba and the impact on your feet may not be that immediate. Dancers will probably enjoy tracks “Yo Soy Tu Papi”, “La Cosa Mas Bella”, ”El Asesino” and “Maldito Dolor” best. Most tracks have a slow or medium pace except for tracks “Maldito Dolor” and “Ceci” which are markedly faster. Tracks “Fin Del Juego“ and “La Cosa Mas Bella” also have a strong reggeaton influence, while tracks “Yo Soy Tu Papi” shows a Los Van Van influence and the romantic at heart will enjoy track “La Cosa Mas Bella”, mostly to listen to, and tracks “El Asesino “, suitable to dance as well. A good CD, maybe lacking the edge to make it commercially popular but one worth listening to a few times. More suitable for experienced dancers than beginners since the salsa or timba beat are hidden behind the richly interleaved percussions.

Title Style Speed/Pace Our rank
La Madre María Timba Medium
3*
Olvida La Pena Reggaeton  
3*
Fin Del Juego Timba Medium
4*
Yo Soy Tu Papi Timba Slow
4*
Regálame La Silla Ballad  
4*
El Chino Chulo Timba/Reggaeton Slow
3*
La Cosa Mas Bella Timba Medium
4*
El Asesino Timba Fast
4*
Maldito Dolor Timba Fast
3*
Ceci Timba Slow
3*

 

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SalsaLife: Helder Rodrigues & Sandra Donarska - Salsa, der Tanzkurs

Level: Beginners

Style: On1

General Comment: The German title to this DVD may be intimidating, but keep in mind that it comes with a language option which allows you to watch it in English. It is a DVD for complete beginners, in which it is assumed not only that you know nothing of salsa dancing, but also you have never been exposed to its music, its culture or its history. It thus tries to reconstruct a ‘salsa’ atmosphere with an introduction about what salsa is and what it has to offer the un-initiated dancer. A more experienced dancer may find this a bit kitsch, and possibly not even recognise himself or herself in it but it does not hurt.

The teaching is extremely slow and detailed, which is what we may expect a beginner dancer needs. So are the demonstrations to music, which a beginner dancer could equally follow while watching the DVD. There are several interesting features in the DVD. First, it covers all the basic elements from the basic steps to a handful of basic moves which they call ‘choreographies’. Second there is a useful introduction to how to listen to salsa music with a breakdown of basic rhythms and instruments, which is surely useful for a beginner dancer. Finally, as a bonus, there is an intro to other Latin dances you are like to encounter in a salsa club, like Merengue and Bachata.

What I found a bit less inviting is the fairly formal approach to the dance, mostly consisting of a very rigid posture and very emphatic finale to the choreographies, involving some simple dips or theatrical poses, which are somehow at odds with the ‘complete beginner’ approach to the DVD. Still, altogether this DVD may be useful to anyone needs to go through the initial phases of a dance in a very slow and methodical manner.

Reviewed by Fabio of 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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