Salsa Crazy Presents: Learn to Salsa Dance, Volume 2: Salsa Dancing Guide for Beginners
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Anyone reading my review of Learn to Dance Salsa One will realize that I was very, very nervous about my ability to learn this dance, a style of dance I'd always admired but thought far beyond my skills.
Trust me, if I can do this, ANYONE can. It is not only detailed but clearly explained and the DVD is an excellent value, containing over 2 hours of instruction. The time flies by and before you know it, you've not only gotten valuable info about the various patterns and variations of Salsa but you've been moving for quite some time, getting exercise while having fun.
The "picture in picture" close ups help ensure the beginning dancer gets every step down correctly and there are also full length shots so you can see how your entire body should move. Once you master the basics, it becomes automatic and you'll find yourself amazed to be dancing Salsa and looking better than you'd ever expected! Highly recommended!
The visual/darkness problems I had with Vol. 1 on my 12-year old television are here solved, with Evan wearing light colored clothes, and Moira showing her spectacular toned legs in a nifty outfit throughout the lesson. There is also an insert box on the lower left-hand corner, which is usually focused on the feet, and is helpful. Bonus extras are Evan's "Dance and Club Etiquette" tips, with the very important topic of "Hygiene"! Since a night of Salsa dancing probably equals several aerobic classes (and is much more fun!), these tips are essentials. There is also the extra warm-up with music, and some funny outtakes. As a former dancer, I really appreciate Evan's technique, his calm, relaxed approach to teaching, and his expertise. If you want to learn Salsa, you can't do better than Salsa Crazy's DVD series.
I have no doubt that my progress is because of the great instruction given on the DVDs and the fact that the methods used in the first DVD are the same as in the second and in the third. It's like a real teacher where once you get used to their method, you know what to expect and how to adapt.
I always wanted to dance but time after time I thought I'd proved to myself it just wasn't my thing. Salsa (and these Salsa Crazy DVDs) have shown me that I had the dancing gene inside of me the whole time...just needed the right instruction to bring it out. Thanks Salsa Crazy.
Evan Margolin and Moira Denike return in SalsaCrazy presents Learn To Dance Salsa Beginners Volume 2, picking up basic dance lessons right where they left off in the first DVD. Dancers wise enough to tackle the Beginners Salsa Dance DVD 1 before starting this one will have an edge on those who jumped to this DVD. Even still, those who skipped to the beginners DVD 2 and have had some experience with Salsa dancing will catch on fairly easily.
In this DVD, you will learn a variety of turns-the inside turn, turns with neck rolls, belly roll turns, etc.-and other moves like the hammerlock. Don't let the terminology scare you. Each step is broken down for you with close-up shots inset on the screen to really help you study the move. Through reviewing the entire series, I've learned that those are key aspects present in all of the Beginners DVDs of the SalsaCrazy Learn to Dance Salsa series.
This DVD also gives a great deal of attention to making the perfect turn when completing patterns. From where the leaders' thumbs and palms should be to how followers should keep their hands and elbows so turns are smooth, seemingly effortless motions, Evan and Moira make sure you know exactly what to do. After that, it's on to learning patterns and variations on those patterns. By the end of the DVD you'll know enough moves to keep things interesting throughout an entire song...and through the entire night if they have enough endurance to manage. (No worries, I'm told it takes time to build up to be a Salsa pro that can stay out on the dance floor all night without getting too winded.Read more ›
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The teacher, Evan Margolin, lacks finesse and rhythm and often looks clumsy. Look at his demonstration of the Pretzel move, or Hand Over moves. Read morePublished 22 months ago by D. Hamilton
the dvd came quick, perfect condition, it was a bit over my skill level, so I ordered the one before it alsoPublished on May 28, 2013 by Jeannie C
Already tried Vol 1 and you want more. Well this is more. Some great combinations in hear. You and your partner will have fun getting these moves down before you hit the dance... Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by marc_tali
These Salsa CDs are great. The instructor is very personable and takes you through the patterns step by step. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by freeport girl
This is an easy-to-follow instructional dance dvd. It picks up right where the first dvd of this series ended. Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by Susi Mayhue
I purchased the first volume and it was quite good. This volume is quite good as well. It is alittle slow, but slow is good in my opinion when you are a beginner.Published on November 27, 2008 by M. Barton
This is a very mediocre Salsa Dance DVD and the price is too high. For starters, the colors used in filming this DVD are very depressing and this guy (the instructor) would not... Read morePublished on October 2, 2006 by Salsa Crazy
Well despite my reason for first using the Learn to Dance Salsa DVDs (see my LTD Salsa 1 review), I was impressed enough to continue learning the lessons on the first DVD and then... Read morePublished on June 21, 2006 by Bugsy