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The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa - Part 2, Intermediate [Import]

Pedro; Gigi , Debdoot Das    Unrated   DVD
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Little did we know that based on the success of The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa Part 1, we would become our own label with worldwide distribution. Who would have guessed, that one little Salsa DVD made with borrowed cameras and lights would spur a cottage industry of dance DVDs with some of the major players in the industry joining in the fray.

Though pleasantly surprised, we also realized during the production of The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa, Part 2, that we had serious competition. Our own The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa, Part 1 had held the overall #1 position for months and not only in the Salsa section but in the entire dance category. How do we compete with the most buzzed about dance DVD worldwide. And, how do we compete with ourselves?

To maintain sanity, we decided to build on Part 1 instead of competing with it. But, build we did. Just like Part 1, Part 2 is organized like a dictionary with multiple camera angles and simple instructions. We made sure that it’s still a pleasure to learn Salsa from this DVD first. Then we packed The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa, Part 2 DVD with the most spectacular Cuban dance moves that you would have ever seen. One helluva Salsa DVD.

Salsa dancer would appreciate the sheer volume and variety of Salsa dance patterns on this DVD. However, this no-nonsense and fast-paced guide to street salsa is not meant for total beginners. If you already know the basics of how to dance Salsa then you will love The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa, Part 2, because "it’s quick.... it’s dirty.... and it’ll get you from "mild" to "hot" in no time!"


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5.0 out of 5 stars Look, Feel, and Dance Like a Super Star June 15 2006
The very attractive Gigi main instructor and Pedro her coinstructor, continue the teaching series on Miami/Cuban style salsa dance lessons ... building on previous skills learned in DVD 1. Anyone who loves to dance salsa will want to learn more advanced steps and arm holds to enhance their enjoyment of this popular dance. The music and dancing are addictive and anyone enthusiastic about salsa can learn the intermediate dance moves with confidence, providing they have a dance partner who is just as interested. Anyone who loves the heated rhythms and sizzling beats of Cuba and Puerto Rico will want to improve their dancing ... The superb teaching and special features of this DVD will provide hours of pleasure in learning this style of salsa ... at a very reasonable cost. This is the real thing!

Gigi and Pedro's instructions and demonstations on this DVD are very excellent, their enthusiasm and energy are contagious! The steps are not difficult to follow as the multi-angle programming allows one to view the moves from forward, above and from behind. This unique feature provides the extra boost and confidence the student needs to learn the foot work and arm holds properly. The DVD provides many outstanding dance moves that are beautiful to watch and with practice ... practice ... practice ... can be mastered. The DVD allows you to see the steps and arm positions from different views which enhances the learning. Debdoot Das Productions have created an outstanding series of salsa dance lessons ... I live in southwest Florida and this is the hottest most popular dance to hit the Suncoast. It has been around for over 25 years and is enjoying a sensational revival. Erika Borsos (pepper flower)
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is really really well done but read the fine print June 28 2005
By H. Hwang - Published on Amazon.com
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If you liked the Part I and found it useful, you should by all means get this DVD. All the excellent qualities of Part I, such as clear presentation, pleasant video and sound quality and multi-angle shots, can be found here except there is a lot more. It is jammed and packed with moves and you'll be spending a lot of time mastering them. Congratulations to the makers of this DVD for a job very well done; I don't know how they plan to top this one in their Advanced DVD.

However, there are some caveats that buyers should be aware. For beginners and even intermediate salsa dancers, this DVD may be difficult to swallow without buying the Part I DVD first. A big reason for this is that the style of salsa taught here is rather unique; I would almost say that it is new, except it really isn't new either. I'm tempted to call this a sixth style of salsa; others being LA style, NY style, Cuban style, Cumbria style, and Casino Rueda. The first four (LA, NY, Cuban, Cumbria) are for two people, while Casino Rueda is a synchronized dance where many couples dance together in a circle. Quick and Dirty salsa (which is apparently referred to as Cuban Miami style) is essentially Casino Rueda modified for couples. In fact, this DVD would work fairly well if you are interested in learning Casino Rueda; this video covers a large number of intermediate and advanced Rueda routines (although you do need to make some minor modifications). Thanks in part to this and its companion DVD, the Cuban Miami style is getting increasing attention elsewhere (even if it is just a rumor in many places).

So what does this all mean? Once you and your partner master the lessons in this DVD, you will look fantastic. However, you likely will have difficulty using the lessons here to dance with other people in your area initially. But then again, I also think it could be good to be a trend-setter, don't you think?
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy Salsa dvd for 2005 Feb. 25 2005
By Salsavideoreviews.org - Published on Amazon.com
This dvd is a follow on from the World's top selling salsa dvd of 2004.

This dvd introduces the intermediate techniques of Miami Cuban Salsa dancing.

This dvd starts off straight into the techniques as it is assumed you have brought the first dvd.

This dvd is packed full of moves.

This dvd again uses the three angle view that the first Dirty Salsa dvd used. You can watch the dvd from the front, above, back angles of all the techniques.

The first Dirty Salsa dvd was hailed as a breakthrough in learning dance by dvd in 2004 for this ability.

This second dvd is a great way to learn how to dance Salsa.

It's our first must buy for 2005.

Highly recommended.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much More than an Instruction Video March 26 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
As much as the Part I of this extraordinary DIGIFILM series impressed, this Part II is so fine that it goes beyond just being the excellent way to learn Salsa. This combination of attractive instructors, easy to understand movement demonstrations, and spicy music is the best of its kind.

But even more impressive than that is the giant leap forward in the three-angle camera work technology this disc represents. DIGIFIM is in the frontrunners category of maximizing the viability of filmed interaction. This DVD is so fine that it merits watching it just for the entertainment of the technology. It is almost like the superb salsa instructions by Gigi and by Pedro Curbelo are the bonus.

If you can't master Salsa with these two (Part I and II) DVDs, well...better look for another entertainment form! Grady Harp, March 05
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Salsa Gets EVEN HOTTER for summer! May 16 2005
By Eliza Razia - Published on Amazon.com
This DVD is an excellent follow up to the first salsa dvd. After learning all the moves and wowing everyone at my local salsa club, I was excited to see that a new video was released! Just in time for summer. And once again with the very mesmerizing instructor Gigi! This DVD has an amazing energy flow that will inspire you to learn more complicated and eye popping moves that will fool people into thinking you spent TONS OF MONEY on your very own salsa instructor. Funny thing is purchasing this Salsa DVD is even better and very affordable for all! Perfecting my moves with Gigi and Pedro will last me a lifetime of salsa club dancing!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed With Hot Moves April 3 2005
By Carlito - Published on Amazon.com
This DVD is awesome. If you are a decent Salsa dancer, this DVD is the resource that you always wanted. It might take you months to master all the moves, but it won't cost you thousands of dollars that you will have to spend otherwise in classes like a few of us has done. It's packed with hot Cuban moves that will make any good leader drool. The followers love it when you execute the complex and traditional turns on this DVD. My girlfriend had a smile on her face all evening when I clumsily tried the turn "Beso" with her. Beso means Kiss.

Highly Recommended.
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