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Eddie Torres

Eddie Torres Teaches Salsa Night Club Style

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Style: Pure NY

Content: A few figures and a few shines (not many) but plenty of hints on style and basic concepts. Plus some very inspirational demonstrations.

General Comment: This is a video that either you love or you will find most boring, nothing in between. I love it!! It is one of the few videos in the market that concentrates on style. An here it is style at his best, with a few of Eddie's former dancers, today most of them established instructors or salsa stars. Not many figures and a few shines explained very very slowly (that is why some people find it boring) but then, every move and shine is shown concentrating on style issues, and demonstrated by different dancers, each with his/her unique touch. I think this video contains one of the finest male dancer and one of the most stylish female dancer I have ever seen. If you can work out figures with a remote control, then the demonstrations ar the beginning and at the end will give you plenty of figures to compensate for the small number of them in the main body of the video. I just can not believe that Eddie has not done a following, although he promises so at the end of this one.

Reviewed by : Fabio from SalsaIsGood Reccomended

General Comment: An excellent way to start dancing Salsa on two. From this video you will learn basic step, basic (simple) figures and how to dance these figures with a partner. All steps and figures are well explained and counted. Also, the dancers demonstrate how to add body motions to the step and make dance look very stylish. Volume 2 demonstrates several shines and figures executed with great style. All the moves are counted and explained. The accent is placed on styling the dance and making it look elegant. It is beautiful to watch.

Reviewed by : Thea - Recommended

A bailar!

Level: N/A

Style: Pure NY

Content: Documentary.

General Comment: This is a cool documentary, which shows Eddie Torres preparing a show of one of his very early Eddie Torres Dancers' group. It takes you from Eddie's motivation for setting up the dance group, to the motivation for some of the dancers to be in the group, to some rehearsals, to the final show, live on stage with Tito Puente. Some back stage shots are really nice, like when Tito Puente visits the rehearsal studio and Eddie explains to him how the arrangement of the song is represented in the choreography. The retro look is guaranteed by the outfits of the dancers, everyday people with no official dancing background, and from some of the guys in Tito's entourage.. it may very well come out of an episode of Kojak.

Dancewise, you will see a handful of familiar faces, some choreography and a few improvised solos.. no steps to copy.. in fact the dance steps you will see appear quite unsophisticated for today's standard, but the energy.. gosh, you do not see that very often today: Stacey Lopez looks like he may explode in his solo.. and he is not the only one. A very entertaining production.

Reviewed by : Fabio from SalsaIsGood Good












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