Salsa Dance Video SalsaCrazy Series, Volume 1 - Salsa Dancing Guide for Beginners - Step by Step Dance Club Lesson
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Salsa Dance! The ultimate step by step guide to salsa dance, from your very first steps. This is the first DVD in SalsaCrazy's progressive 3 DVD Beginner's Salsa Dance System, and SalsaCrazy's 5 DVD Progressive Salsa Dance Mastery System (both available on Amazon). This DVD starts from the very beginning, and lays the foundation for salsa dance to get you started simply and easily, step by step.
Why learn to Salsa Dance? It's fun, social, and a passion that will last you a lifetime! The benefits to health, fitness, coordination, and lifestyle will be far beyond what you can imagine now! Anyone can, and should, learn to Salsa Dance. Give it a try, with the finest beginners dance DVD on the market. It's finally here - your definitive guide to learn to salsa dance. Don't miss this fantastic DVD that really walks you, step-by-step, through all the fundamentals of Salsa Dancing in a fun, social and energetic way.
Volume 1 is the beginners handbook. Learn to move in minutes and be out on the floor in record time. A video for anyone & everyone! We cover every aspects of what Salsa is all about. Includes a couple of great moves and ladies styling tips that will get you noticed. A full 2 hours of stellar dance instruction you can use tonight!
WHAT IS ON THE VIDEO: Join SalsaCrazy as we help you to understand the important basic concepts that will enable you to understand what you are doing and when to do it. If you've been wanting to learn, but thought that it would be too complicated - have no fear - this method is fast and best of all EASY!
This DVD made learning Salsa not only painless but fun and before long, my partner and I were actually moving through the steps and, better yet, we actually KNEW what we were doing. We looked like the dancers on the DVD, if only a "touch" less professional (okay, a lot less professional but it WAS our first time). Now we're working our way through the DVDs, Learn to Dance Salsa 2 and Learn to Dance Salsa 3 and I can actually say that we are getting better and better all the time. Plus, it is a lot of fun to practice!
What makes this DVD a standout? The instructors start out by explaining the basics of Salsa so that once you work into the actual dance movements, you have some idea of what Salsa actually is and where it fits in the dance spectrum. You aren't just mimicking steps but actually expressing a certain mood and feeling. That is a major plus right there. If you are going to Salsa, you want to create a total effect, not look like a robot going through the motions.
The instruction itself is very easy to follow, with both full-length and close-up shots of the dancers' feet, going at a very easy, step by step pace at first and gradually working up to a brisker tempo. We found ourselves smiling from start to finish, amazed at how much fun this was. Be forewarned, however- depending on your partner, you may be compelled to take a few romantic interludes as Salsa can be amazingly sexy and just moving together in rhythmic harmony while practicing the moves that lead one's thoughts to further romance...but that's another plus, to my way of thinking (think of it as a free bonus, if you will). --K. Corn - Amazon.com Top 100 Reviewer / Vine VoiceSee all Editorial Reviews
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The good: It seems like decent instruction and goes into as much depth as my group classes. It's On-1 style, which is what people do in Portland, OR (and on the west coast. If you live in New York or on the east coast, you might not appreciate starting off learning On-1 if everyone you'll dance with does On-2). The instruction was easy to follow and there were some handy tips mentioned. Also, the instructor is outgoing, confident and slightly amusing in his own way.
Anyway, aside from the obvious shortcoming (instructors wearing clothing that's too dark with a relatively dark background in a somewhat dimly lit room), I wish they covered a couple more simple beginner patterns. They didn't even teach a simple cross body lead which is about as basic as you can get. It's a great intro, or maybe more to the point, it's a great start to what looks like it would be a great intro, but falls just a bit short of five stars due to the lack of beginner moves/combos taught. ***I just noticed that this DVD is included in their 3 disc beginner set.*** After watching this for the 2nd time, I realized there is a BONUS COMBO taught after the credits roll! I wonder how many people have missed this.
Overall, I think it's decent, but the price is a little high for the material covered. By watching youtube videos alone (for free!), one could get access to way more beginner video instruction, although it would be quite a bit less convenient than just popping in a DVD and watching on your tv where both partners can easily see everything. If you're serious about learning salsa and are considering buying this DVD, just buy the Beginner 3 Pack set. Even though I haven't watched the other two discs, if they're anything like this DVD, the amount of material covered will make it more worth the price. Less than twice the price for three times the instruction. The dark clothes/dark room thing wasn't really all that bad, I just adjusted my tv to make everything a little brighter and it became a non-issue.
Go buy the 3 Pack set. Find a dance partner who wants to learn as much as you do. Practice, practice, practice. Get out dancing and have FUN! (and don't forget to keep practicing and learning new moves!) Learning salsa is very challenging and will take tons of practice but the reward can be a lifetime of social dancing.
All in all ,I am having fun and after I get everything down to memory ,I am definitly going to get follow up videos!