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Manolito y su Trabuco – Control

This is another artist who has perfected a formula over the years ad applies it faithfully to deliver music his fans can rely on. In Manolito’s case I feel a growing confidence with the formula, which makes the arrangement richer and richer and the sound more and more Manolito’s. Musicians will love the counterpoint in the arrangements with the interleaving among trumpets, trombones, violins, flutes and occasionally even a guitar. Dancers will find the familiar slow timba perfect for practising the hardest casino moves or perfecting the coordination of your rueda team. Among all timbas I like “La Habana Me Llama” best, with a medium pace and a drive for dancing. “Niebla Del Riachuelo” is a nice bolero sang by Andy Montanez and “Muevete un poquetico” vaguely remind of the Angel Bonne’s touching melodies.

Title Style Speed/Pace Our rank
Relampago Timba Medium
Loco Por Tus Besos Timba Slow
Comenzar Timba Slow
La Habana Me Llama Timba Medium
Coleccionista De Canciones Ballad Slow
Muevete Timba Slow
Niebla Del Riachuelo Bolero Slow
Corazon Timba Slow
Popurrit Timba Medium
Guines Que Le Pasa a Tata Salsa Very Fast
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Nelson Flores - NY Style Mambo Shines

Level: Intermediate

Style: NY on2

Content: In this DVD you will learn some of the most common shines being danced in NY. You will be able to apply these shines to either your social dancing or to a choreography. The shines range from Low Intermediate to Advanced. Nelson illustrates how he goes from one shine to another without doing a basic step in between. The shines include: Four Corners; Reverse Crossover into Susy Q,: Mambo around the Clock: Side basic Cha Cha: Three Point Hide 'n' Kick and Cross Over Hop. This DVD was earlier released on video.

General Comment: As a newcomer to shines you will have the opportunity to learn the basics of mambo shines here as well as some more advanced moves. This means that you can join a group shines class without feeling like a complete idiot! If you have been partner dancing for a while you shouldn't have much trouble picking up the moves as long as you are prepared to put in some time practicing in front of a mirror. The shines are shown from the front and back view with occasional close-ups of the feet. They are shown individually and then put together into a routine without music. Eventually they are put together with music and this is where you get to finally see Nelson shine! It is a shame that the moves were not shown with music throughout the DVD.

Reviewed by Ally - OK

General Comment: Nelson Flores has the rare reputation of being a good performer, a good choreographer and a good teacher too. This is a promising combination for a DVD which displays a solo routine better suited for a show than for the dance floor. I would define the combination as ‘unisex’ since I can imagine both a man and a lady performing it. It is fairly diverse, including not only footwork but also some body work and ideas taken from mambo, jazz, cha cha cha and more traditionally Cuban movements. Nelson thinks ‘big’ when he directs shows (including the now famous Broadway production Latin Madness) but thinks ‘small, informal and friendly’ when it comes to DVDs. As others from his repertoire, this is very much a home made production, with fairly rough editing, but if the routine is what you are after (as you should) then there is all you need to learn it. The routine is taught according to standards: broken down into small sections, shown from the front and back, and put together at the end both with and without music. The DVD is 30 minutes long, including 7 minutes of clips from Nelson shows, at the beginning. BTW, needless to say, it is on 2, NY style.

Reviewed by Fabio - 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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