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The Lebron Brothers – The New Horizon :

Another mix CD from the Lebron Brothers, with some Latin song alternating to some Soul music.

Salsa Mambo dancers will surely enjoy ‘Tengo Testigo’, my favourite, a nice, well paced mambo, full of breaks which will inspire your interpretation. Also nice to dance to are ‘La Memoria’ and a reprise of the immortal classic ‘Como Fue’. ‘El Nuevo Amanecer’ is a less convincing mambo and ‘Tipico Merengue’ a Merengue, though not too compelling. all the other tracks are soul music, in typical 70s style.

Title Style Speed/Pace Our rank
Eres Tu Soul  
2*
Musica, Musica, Musica Samb/Pop  
2*
El Nuevo Amanecer NY Mambo Fast
2*
La Memoria NY Mambo Fast
3*
Theme For A Poor Man Soul  
2*
Tengo Testigo NY Mambo Medium
4*
Como Fue NY Mambo Medium
3*
Tipico Merengue Merengue Medium
2*
Survive Soul  
2*

 


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Jami Josephson - Advanced II (Gold) Salsa Syllabus

Level: Adv

Style: On1, On2

Content: Turn Patterns

General Comment: This DVD contains all the top quality features of the Silver volume and of the Open Combinations: excellent instruction, useful demonstrations, attention to all details, explanations and demonstrations on1 and on2 and precise dancing. It is sound, solid teaching, full of content and with no distractions that all DVDs should provide. Content-wise, the material is obviously more challenging than the Silver volume, as you might expect; these challenges are mainly represented by more spins for the lady, a few extra spins added for the guy and in general by the need to be quicker to execute more complex moves. Details, especially for the multiple spins and their lead, are provided with different options to highlight the difference between salsa styles; some of the moves are taken from the repertoire of established salsa instructors and are very nice. Top quality for both advanced students and instructors wishing to developed a consistent and meaningful syllabus: if you complete this DVD set and you are proficient at it, you will be able to dance at any congress with any partner. Excellent work.

Reviewed by Fabio of SalsaIsGood - Recommended


 
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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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