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

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  • Actors: Pedro; Gigi
  • Directors: Debdoot Das
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Digifilm Inc.
  • Release Date: Feb. 28 2005
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B0007U1YBC
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The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa - Part 2, Intermediate

From the Contributor

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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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
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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?
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in this DVD Feb. 26 2007
By kev - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoy salsa, and enjoy learning from DVD's and tapes. The title and reviews of this product suggest one will learn great things about this lovely dance. Unfortunately, it is not clearly stated that this is for salsa rueda, not salon style or club salsa. Although the moves are nifty and presented in a reasonable fashion, rueda requires the expected step to be called out, somewhat in the latin version of square dancing. So if you are looking to turn your date around the floor in your own style, leading with non verbal ques, this is not your DVD.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up to part 1 March 20 2005
By Arturo Flores - Published on
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I liked this DVD almost as much as the first one. The format is the same, except at a much quicker pace, which is fine if you've seen and practiced all the steps on the first dvd.

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.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Instructional Salsa DVD Jan. 31 2006
By M. D. Francis - Published on
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I would say before buying this DVD make sure that you buy the Beginners Guide. This is the only DVD that I have come across that allow one to view 3 different angles of the dance steps being performed. It is clear, concise and I'm glad that it is not easily available in Europe being a semi-pro salsa instructor myself, I would prefer the competition to stay your side of the Atlantic.

I would say it is the Best Instructional Salsa DVD on the world market.
16 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A talk-talk-talking dictionary of cuban moves Aug. 9 2005
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Of the 10 instructional DVDs I own, I'd have to say this one is a top un-favorite. Admittedly the instructors are cute, and you can see the steps at different angles, but the teaching leaves a lot to be desired. Gigi whizzes through the steps like she'll miss a flight. More than that, there's an overuse and an unnecessary focus on names of steps and names of components of steps. More than the explanation of how the steps are to be done, tips on technique etc, you hear the names of each piece of each step until it seems like all that is needed is for you to know the name--and all else will be known. A few minutes of this and you feel you've got yourself a talking dictionary of cuban dance terms. The emphasis on names is, in the end, quite quite distracting and I found myself putting the DVD away for future refernce rather than attacking the steps with the usual eagerness I have when I get a new DVD.

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.