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|New York Salsa - Beginner Vol 1|
Actor: Cultural Explosion
Director: Inc. Media Plus Entertainment
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
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This will supplement your lesson very well.
Patrick Holt | San Antonio, TX USA | 02/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are taking Salsa/Mambo lessons, and maybe your slacking off on your own note taking in class, or you just want a good reference tape on techniques, this is a great tape for it. A word of warning though, this couple uses a lot of their own terminology, ie, they call a face loop- 'putting on your hat', 4th position breaks are called 'back breaks'- in other words, the techniques are all the same just with different names, so don't get all uptight if they do something you learned but call it a different name. The techinques are explained very well, and they are one of the few instructors that utilize a back view- so its just like you are standing behind the instructor and following them. The other instructor demonstrates the techiques form the side. Overall an excellent tape for the beginner/intermediate dancer."
The most enjoyable Salsa teachers on the market
Salsavideoreviews.org | Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand | 11/29/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The most enjoyable fun Salsa teachers on the market. A lovely young couple who love to dance & teach. Diana is the most enjoyable female Salsa teacher on the market. Great sense of humor. Very enjoyable. The teachers have fun & enjoy what they are showing you.
I & my female partners No.1 most enjoyable video to learn Salsa from.
The video is good value, 52 min long , well produced good pause but they most importantly have a SLOW MOTION ON ALL COMPLEX MOVES as well as the normal speed , plus the breakdown of the steps. They give you both forward & back views plus both sides for cross body leads. They do not over detail the footwork but I feel it does not matter as you can rewind. They add several styling combinations to a move so you can choose what you like. They teach the women how to be sexy, dramatic, & romantic. They give the men tips on what behavior women find acceptable & what is not. These tips on how to avoid being slapped!!! are a must view for all male dancers.
The teachers give you warnings on possible injuries on the turns to protect your partners.
The video is full of useable steps & combinations. I enjoyed the fact they explained how to make the common combinations out ot the steps shown. They show steps in the video that nobody else does but also give you the most common steps.
Although there are some known NY steps. I feel these videos could also be used by LA style dancers as well."
Level headed and informative
Venugapal Vasudevan | Palatine, IL USA | 11/11/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Unlike some other salsa videos I have purchased, this focusses more on instruction and less on "steamy". The dancers do a good job of explaining and repeating the moves, showing it from a number of different angles. The slo-mo for each move helps, and the collection of moves is quite entertaining."
Lots of fun, and good quality DVD
San Franciscan | 12/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The reviewers are right-- Juan and Diana are a kick to watch. I've never met them (no, I'm not a groupie), but seeing them in action makes one wish one could be in New York checking out their dance troupe. So much energy! The steps are explained clearly with memorable (if non-standard) names, and the DVD is of good quality. For a beginning salsa dancer, I would recommend this DVD, the steps are explained extraordinarily well and there's everything one one tape to make a guy (or gal) feel amply ready for the clubs. This video's timing is "on one" rather than New York-style "on two" timing, despite the "New York Salsa" name (so it's appropriate for those in other parts of the country as well). Recommended."