New York Salsa - Intermediate Vol. 1
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(Jul 15, 2002)
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Advantages to knowing how to salsa dance range from just purely for the fun of it to the upper hand one might gain in dancing with the opposite sex. This instructional video is geared toward the intermediate dancer who wants to move up to the next level of challenge. Presented by Cultural Explosion, a dance troupe dedicated to performing and teaching salsa.
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I & my female partners No.1 most enjoyable video to learn Salsa from.
I am going to review these videos as a couple of videos because if you are a beginner you will need to buy the beginners video first. In the Intermediate video they refer to step combinations taught in the first video. You can buy the intermediate video separately if you have done some training as they refer to common known Salsa terms.
Both videos are very good value, 52 & 45 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 LA style dancers.
The teachers give you warnings on possible injuries on the turns to protect your partners.
Both the videos are 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 both videos that nobody else does but also give you the most common steps. I really enjoyed the Intermediate video. Very nice combinations.
Although there are some known NY steps. I feel these videos could also be used by LA style dancers as well.
Accentuate the positive: "New York Salsa" differs from its main rival, "SalsaCrazy," in flavor. The instructors in NYS are Latinos and their dance has club-style flair. Heat, tension. SC takes its time, perhaps two DVDs to cover the ground NYS covers in one, and more important, is just somewhat more "ballroom," correct, cool.
Criticism: It borders on deceptive to call this DVD "New York Salsa." In New York we dance, as a rule, "on2," salsa not mambo. NYS teaches "on1." The two are different branches of one tree, distinctly different step patterns to the same rhythms.
real latin steps that you don't find in other salsa dance videos. plus this video has a load of new steps
to add flair to your dance routine.
It was a bit distracting to hear the clicks of the shoes against the wood floor all the time however and I was sure i heard the horn of a truck in the background at one stage. the set is was to busy with too much to distract from the dancers themselves. Overall a nice dvd though.
To pack these 14 different moves in one video at this price is a steal! It definitely beats private instruction. My dance partner and I completed all the moves and executed them in the salsa clubs in 3 weeks. What I like most about these moves is that they're very practical for the club scene. Each move is broken down step by step and then replayed in SLOW MOTION. I haven't seen this done on any other salsa instruction video. Although DVD players are equipped to play in slow motion, it's nice to give the remote control a break while learning. Smart touch guys!
Cons: (1) I gave this video 4 stars instead of 5 because Juan & Diana should have demonstrated each move to music separately in addition to combining them to music (as they do) at the end. (2) The moves aren't exactly presented in order of difficulty.
If you purchase and complete this video, you would be very pleased with the professional/advanced volume, which I also gave 4 stars. Taught on 1 & 2 to music!!
Overall, this DVD is a keeper!!