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Adalberto Alvares y su Son – Gozando en la Habana

Adalberto Alvarez has developed his own formula a while ago and he applies it faithfully. In particular the formula has been last updated with the CD ‘Bailando Casino’ and this Gozando En La Habana is very much its sibling; so if you liked dancing to ‘Bailando Casino’ you will surely enjoy this one too, as long as you do not expect surprises. This is son, of course, played by a full band, with rich arrangements and good, very good musicians.
This first track, which gives the name to the CD, simply begs to be danced, with a catchy melody and the right pace it is perfect for your cuban style. “Amore de mentira” is also a nice son, suitable for both a club and for a dance practise. Camina y Prende el Fogan is a much slower song which you may either use to practise your difficult moves or as a cha cha cha. Don’t miss out on the gorgeous solo piano here.

Title Style Speed/Pace Our rank
Gozando en la habana Son Medium
Amor de mentira Son Medium
Poupurrit de los 90 Son Medium
Camina y prende el fogan Son Medium
La mania de caridad Son Medium
Hasta aqui llego este amor Bolero Medium
Poupurrit de los 80 Son Medium
Que voy a hacer muchacho Son Slow
Si no vas a bailar Son Medium
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Adrian & Anita - Anita Style DVD 2

Level: Int

Style: On 1

Content: Ladies style

General Comment: You can read a few words on Adrian and Anita in our review of their DVD 'Estilo Parejas'. 'Anita Style' is a ladies' styling DVD. It is nicely organised: the first session is dedicated fully to styling with arms and hands, something Anita makes much use of in her dancing. She shows how to shape the hands, how to lift and lower the arms elegantly, how to time the movement to the music and how to emphasises the musical accents with the hands.

She then shows 5 sequences of solo work; this is very choreographed material, which you can use in your shows. The sequences are quite diverse; they contain some elements of classic mambo, some elements of flamenco and other moves more common to the salsa repertoire. Anita's style is sharp and powerful and her talent shows quite clearly. Finally, with Adrian's help, Anita shows a simple turn pattern, first danced 'plain', that is with no special styling, and then made richer and richer by incorporating multiple spins and some styling element taken from the sequences just shown.

All this is On1 and unfortunately explained only in Spanish. Nevertheless, as for the 'Estilo Parejas' I think that a dedicated student would be able
to follow most of the material. Each turn pattern is first shown with vocal counting, then broken down and finally danced to music both with front and back view. The use of two camera views with zoom in and out as needed is very useful to focus on the details of the arms and hand. Also as in the 'Estilo Parejas' interviews and clips from Adrian and Anita shows are included.

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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