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The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa - Part 2, Intermediate [Import]
The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa - Part 2, Intermediate
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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 its 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 "its quick.... its dirty.... and itll get you from "mild" to "hot" in no time!"
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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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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?
My only complaint is that in the "Review with music" section on this DVD, the steps from this dvd weren't explicitly called, and I'm not sure how many of them were actually reviewed in this section. Now, don't get me wrong, the dancing in this section is spectacular and looks like a lot of fun, I just wish that it had followed the same format as in the first dvd. And I think Pedro almost dropped Gigi in one of the moves.
I would say it is the Best Instructional Salsa DVD on the world market.
That said, there are a huge number of steps on this DVD. They're all in a Cuban style--or variant thereof--and seem to have a certain sameness about them. If you dance in a place where they do a lot of LA style salsa, I'm afraid these will be a bit lost. No dramatic moves, no Hollywood style flair, no shines, no dips and falls. Compared with other styles, these steps are not really very challenging. You may be able to see them from many angles, but you don't really need to at all. The components are used again and again as well, so they don't need to be observed that carefully throughout.
There's no dwelling on style and technique on this DVD at all. In fact, the steps are demonstrated (rather than taught) with thumping pounding emphasis and are completely lacking in style and grace or sensuality.
Overall, a good reference for Cuban steps, and smoothly video-graphed, but rather unvarying and distractingly full of names.
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