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El Pikete – Timba de Primera Toma :

More than other CDs, the impression I had when I first listened to this CD was to be in the middle of a club in Havana listening to one of the ‘minor’ local bands: for a number of reasons. First, the sound is quite rough, being the CD recorded live, with little polishing placed in the final cut. Second, this is text-book timba, as pure timba as it can possibly be, and well endowed to make you dance. The musically most aware of you may not be too pleased with the sound, and even less with the vocal parts and the brass section performance: cuban music, and timba itself, has accustomed us to better standards, still the feet do not seem to bother and dancers will find all they may demand from a timba CD.. most tracks are medium to slow pace and among them I find “Ay No Te Toca”, “Que Me Llege La Suerte” and “Este Es Mi Tumbao” the most convincing.

Title Style Speed/Pace Our rank
Ay No Te Toca Timba Medium
4*
No Pasa Nada Timba Medium
3*
Ya No Se Timba Medium
2*
Lo Bueno Pasa Timba Medium
3*
Seco Y Guardao Timba Slow
3*
Con Los Pies En La Cabeza Timba Slow
4*
Que Me Llege La Suerte Timba Medium
4*
Este Es Mi Tumbao Timba Medium
4*
Jugar El Amor Con Dos Timba Medium
4*

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Edie 'SalsaFreak' & Al 'Liquid Silver' - (Edie's World Famous) Spins

Level: Int-Adv

Style: LA

Content: Spinning technique

General Comment: This is a good video. Edie has a well deserved international reputation as 'spinning' star and it is good to learn her trick directly from the source. The video is simple, no slow motions, no curious camera angles; just a simple view of Edie showing her stuff and describing it at the same time. You will not learn any ballet-based theory, but what Edie has learnt by experience and how she has adapted for her personal style. Surely it works for her. At times a bit too talkative, you will find some good hints to use while practicing and on the floor, as well as some amusing stories. All turn are shown both in solo and in partnering with the help of Al.

Reviewed by Fabio from SalsaIsGood - 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 ane-mailexchange 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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