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Houston (Texas) Salsa Congress 2007

So, a lot of my salsa friends... (hmm.. do I have any friends that don't salsa?) went to the Houston Salsa Congress this year (2007). I heard it got great reviews, and I got pointed to some of the videos they took of the occasion. Now, I tried to see if I could download the videos and fix the brightness, but I couldn't - regardless, I'll post them here anyways. This one is of this pair of people dancing at the congress night event. One of them (the female) is the famous Jamaica from San Diego, CA (she's with Son y Pasos) and the male dancer is from Dallas, TX (director of Enfuego Danz).

Salsa Fashion - What I wear for a night at the club...

Salsa Fashion - What I wear for a night at the club...

Its an age-old question... what should we wear for salsa? Well, compared to ballroom dancers (where for some reason the trend has been to wear mostly black - as in a funeral), Salsa is more casual. You can pretty much wear anything. With that said, I have been asked this question various times - on what do I wear to go out salsa dancing. We've talked about shoes, we've talked about body-spray... well, lets talk about some fashion.

Pedro Navaja - Ruben Blades (Live)

I found another great classic on YouTube. This is the famous song by Ruben Blades, called 'Pedro Navaja', which I can bet you've heard at some point in your salsa lifetime. :-). Now, first of all - this is an OLD video (because Ruben Blades is so young in it). Second, if you don't know - Pedro Navaja means 'Peter Knife' (or some 'Mack the Knife'). Its the story of a day in the neighborhood. The song is about a person named Peter, who tries to rob a prostitute because its been a 'slow' day. What happens is that the prostitute ends up having a gun - and well, they both die. Yep - that's the whole story. Yet, it sounds like a happy song! But trust me, one of the main reasons this song is famous (at least why I like it) its because the lyrics really just describe a scene of a day in life of 'back in the old days'. Actually it reminds me a lot of my youth in Puerto Rico in the old towns (actually where my mom grew up in - Utuado, Puerto Rico). Anyways, enjoy! (If you want, you can google up the lyrics if you are realy interested).

Salsa Birthday Dances - so everyone can celebrate!

Well, if you don't know the regular salsa tradition - it's Salsa Birthday Dances. If you haven't had one, well - you should start the tradition where your local dance scene is located. This birthday dance was really taken from the swing world (so its not unique to salsa).A salsa birthday dance is very simple: The person who's birthday it is, is placed in the center of the circle. Then, all the other dancers dance around the birthday boy/girl for a pretty long song. Then each dancer on the outside takes turns with dancing with the birthday person in the middle of the circle. When the birthday person is female - it takes a some skill from the outer dancers because they must have learned how to switch in a middle of a dance. (When one male dancer passes the girl to another male dancer during a pattern). When it is the birthday of a male person, its pretty hard for them because since most of the outer dancers are females (and for some reason they are not assertive enough to go in and switch) he has to decide what girl to dance with next. It reminds me of my birthday dances - they were a lot of hard work.

Dancing in General - 'You define your own limits'

Now, to tell you the truth - when I started watching the video I was like: "Oh man, someone sent another video advertising their stuff..." - but I ended up watching and I noticed why this video is very inspirational at the least. Now, I'm not sure what the story is with the young fellow in the salsa routine, but I think its pretty amazing to not let your disabilities get the best of you. I hope this video comes to show everyone that (just like the caption says) - You define your own limits. Anyone can dance - regardless. When there is a will, there is a way.

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