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The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa - Part 1, Beginners

Gigi & Pedro , Debdoot Das  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gigi & Pedro
  • Directors: Debdoot Das
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Digifilm
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2004
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002804HY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,742 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews


FINALLY we have a high-quality DVD with true multi-angle shots! This is the best dance DVD I have ever seen. -- Michael Erlewine, Founder, AllMovieGuide

The Aegis Awards is one of the oldest and most respected video/film production contests in the United States. -- Aegis Award Winner, Video & Film Production, 2006

The combination of solid instruction and innovative angles make this DVD a good buy. -- Piero Gonzalez, Correspondent,

The excellent functionality and usability of this disc make it a must-see for any fan of DVD production. -- Randolph Hudson, DVD Association, National Board Member

The finest Salsa instructional DVD we have ever seen -- Neil Watson, Chief Reviewer,

The finest Salsa instructional DVD we have ever seen. -- Neil Watson, Chief Reviewer,

This DVD can raise the dead -- Neon Issima, Dance Filmmaker,

This DVD can raise the dead. -- Neon Issima, Dance Filmmaker,

Throw out those video tapes! This simple DVD gives you the right angle for studying every step and swing. -- Bryant Frazier, Executive Editor, Film & Video Magazine

Product Description

Learn To Dance SALSA With This Award Winning DVD
Winner of Four Telly Awards and An Aegis Award

Now a NEW and affordable way to learn how to Salsa dance. As the first-ever true MULTI-ANGLE dance instructional, this state-of-the-art DVD establishes a better way to learn how to dance. The unique multi-angle feature gives you the ability to watch lessons from three different views. Finally, a comprehensive guide to Salsa dance that makes you feel like you are standing in a dance studio with two sensational instructors. Switch from front, back or high angles to get a complete view of the 26 basic lessons.

With easy-to-follow instructions, this DVD teaches the basic steps and then guides you through more complicated Salsa dance patterns. In minutes, you will cover the foundations and be ready to dance some of the most popular Salsa moves. Not only is Salsa fun and exciting, it also burns calories, reduces stress and increases your overall energy. Improve your social confidence and your health with this DVD. However, true success only comes when you take this DVD home, learn to Salsa and WOW your friends on the dance floor.

As a Salsa reference and instructional tool, nothing compares to this award winning DVD.

Customer Reviews

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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now anyone - and I do mean anyone - can learn to Salsa September 19, 2004
I used to believe there were two kinds of people: those who could dance and those who could not (and, more importantly, should not). I of course have always counted myself among the latter. The Quick and Dirty Guide to Salsa, Part One - Beginners has opened my eyes to a vast new world, however. Could I, one of the most uncoordinated individuals on the face of the earth, actually learn to dance? And I'm not talking about the kind of dancing Howard Sprague learned to do on The Andy Griffith Show - that's basically just walking around with a partner. I'm talking about Salsa dancing, the hottest dancing I know of, with all of its intricacies, fluid movements, and unadulterated fun. With the help of this amazing DVD, the impossible has truly been changed to the possible.

This DVD is specifically aimed at beginners; hopefully, DVDs for more advanced Salsa skills will be forthcoming from the guys and gals at Debdoot Das. When you begin the lessons, you immediately find yourself in very good hands. The lovely Gigi is a great teacher, and her partner Pedro adds a number of very helpful tips for male partners as we progress through the steps. Gigi starts at the very beginning, telling you what to do, showing you how to do it, and giving you the chance to do the steps along with her. As she gradually moves to more complicated moves, she works them into an increasingly comprehensive practice routine - what this means is that you basically practice all of the moves you have learned so far with each advancing lesson. You can't forget what has come before because Gigi doesn't let you. I won't name all of the different moves featured in this instructional DVD, but Gigi repeats each of them often enough that you know what move she is calling for when she calls for it.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arriba! Very simple and easy Salsa for beginners August 25, 2004
This is a very cute DVD lesson set for learning Salsa dancing. Gigi, the instructor and her partner Pedro take you from simple forward and back steps to "Kentucky" or a complicated turn. There are twenty-six lessons, and best of all, the DVD gives you a choice of angles to observe the steps. You can take front, back or high-angle and this gives you much more information about the dance steps than a single camera angle or cameraman's choice would ever do. The steps are called out by their names in Spanish: Enchufla, Adios a la Hermanas, etc, so you learn the proper terminology.

The chapters are organized by steps that are related to each other, then at the end you have a chance to review with music. And there's a teaser for Quick and Dirty Salsa Part Two and Three, where the turns get more complicated and there are some more moves (dips, etc.)

This is a nice, clean production with good organization on the DVD, nothing fancy but well-filmed, clear and simple. If you were taking Salsa in a class, this could be a fantastic review, and if you want to see if Salsa dancing is for you, try this. I think "Quick and Dirty Guide to Salsa" is very well-done, indeed.

Joanna Daneman
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan-freakin'-tastic! August 30, 2004
I am far from being coordinated, I have no sense of rhythm and I have never felt comfortable on the dance floor. This DVD has really changed my perspectives on dance and how easy it can be for anyone, when properly taught.

The mult-angle feature is AWESOME. I have heard of the mult-angle function in DVDs for years, but never had a DVD with this feature before. Debdoot Das wears many hats - producer, director and editor - and does a fantastic job in incorporating the multi-angle feature to help those of us with 2 left feet.

Clicking on the "Info" button on your remote (all DVD remotes have this) pops up a menu separate from the animated graphic menu, allowing you to seemlessly change viewing angles from front view, top view & rear view of the dancers.

The front view is head on, but the top and rear views are at skewed angles so you can see full body movement, while learning the steps.

Each of the 28 lessons are taught by Gigi and her partner Pedro. Both instructors are extremely articulate and well spoken. The lessons are slow, but not tedious. This is the perfect disc for total beginners to any type of dance - you don't have to know anything other than how to move your feet and hands. Gigi will patiently guide you step by step and repeat. Since you have the remote, you can easily repeat each lesson as you want so that you may repeat.

Gigi goes over each dance move and describes its name. When a new move is introduced, it is spelled out at the bottom of the screen in easy-to-read letters so there is no confusion on what she is instructing you on or what moves she is calling out.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a con job! November 20, 2004
Contrary to the concerns of a prior reviewer, this DVD is not a con job. For more about the DVD see [...] .
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best Salsa DVD for Regular People October 26, 2004
Over the years I have bought more than five Salsa Videos. Some of the other ones were pretty good, but this one is the best that I have seen so far. I wish I had this DVD all along because learning from this DVD has been the easiest so far. The three-angle concept is a must see. This is revolutionary approach to dance instruction, since it allows the viewer to see complicated moves from different perspectives and get a better sense of what's going on at any given time. I have seen nothing like this before and I bet this incredible feature will be copied by other dance instructors before long. The instructors, Gigi and Pedro, are straightforward and thorough. Surprisingly, they seem like regular people instead of perfect specimens. I especially love the review with music chapter. The instructor lets you practice the steps learned. Gigi calls out the steps with key instructions to the rocking Salsa hit "El Preso" by Fruko. The only Salsa instructor that had the sense to do this. You will have great fun dancing to this chapter. If I were to buy only one Salsa DVD, I would buy this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok for others not me
A lot of work, but it was not what I thought it would be. I now have a few to choose from
Published 5 months ago by vanessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick & Dirty Guide to Hip Hop is Here
Now you can get the The Quick & Dirty Guide to Hip Hop along with The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa - 4 DVD Boxed Set. Awesome stuff really. Read more
Published on May 23, 2011 by Digifilm-Sales
4.0 out of 5 stars The Quick and Dirty Guide to Salsa - Part 1, Beginners
Great product - went I first purchased this product I thought it just salsa, but later learn it was casino rueda and I was equally excited. Read more
Published on December 18, 2010 by Debra Jean McCullough
4.0 out of 5 stars get parts 1&2 for full impact
Cuban salsa is a awesome style. you really want to learn this stuff. ignore the short falls of this dvd, because they correct everything by the second dvd, and it all comes... Read more
Published on March 17, 2010 by ginsu
1.0 out of 5 stars Mis-titled--Not what you think it is!
You cannot learn to dance salsa from this DVD because they do not teach how to lead! This DVD teaches a certain type of salsa called Rueda Casino, which is the salsa equivalent of... Read more
Published on February 18, 2010 by El Gringo de Utah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great instructional DVD
This was one of the best instructional DVD's I have purchased. The instructor teaches at a good pace as she and her partner illustruates the steps. Read more
Published on September 2, 2009 by Maxi
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Dirty Salsa
So easy to follow!
This is REAL salsa shown in a way for REAL people to follow and learn. We are having a blast with this video. Read more
Published on March 6, 2009 by William J. Mccain
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible DVD
This DVD has really helped me to achieve a goal I've had for many years.
The multiangle shots and guidence has made me a dancer this dvd is extremely informative has great... Read more
Published on June 2, 2008 by Latin King
1.0 out of 5 stars False Advertising!!! Read Before Buying!!
I own a Salsa Club. Many of the students ask me for recommendations of DVDs. I will not tell them about this one. Read more
Published on January 20, 2008 by David Farseer
5.0 out of 5 stars ¡Haga lo!
This DVD is fast-paced. The instructors are all business, but the dancing itself still makes the DVD very fun. There is plenty of content, and the menus are easy to use. Read more
Published on May 23, 2007 by Caballito
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