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SalsaVentura - Advanced 2

Level: Advanced

Style: On 1

Content: Turn Patterns.

General Comment: If what you want from a salsa DVD is to learn nice turn patterns, this DVD is highly recommended. It contains 9 patterns, danced on 1, of advanced, but surely reachable, level. The patterns are original, not only in the combinations but in the individual ideas too; you will surely find some novel hammerlocks or copa to include in your repertoire. Each figure is first demonstrated, then explained in the arm work and footwork separately, then demonstrated twice again with voice counting and finally 2 more times with music. All explanation are clear, well paced and helped by the camera zooming in when needed. There is no slow motion or fancy effects, but all the details are there. The instructors are not fancy, but their technique is solid. Explanations are focused on the leading, since they come from the male instructor, but the footwork is covered for ladies as well. The editing is simple, but done with care. A well worth buy.

Reviewed by Fabio - 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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