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Salsa Tip #22 : Getting the bad ones out of the way...

Yes, #22 (which means it very important!). It is usually the case that you will learn something new in a salsa class and you will not get it right, right away. It is just the way we (as human beings) are built. We can't automatically duplicate an action - we are not built for consistency. Anyways, this of course is the main reason we practice - to perfect what takes us time to perfect. However, most students forget this little fact, and sometimes get discouraged when they haven't done it right by the 10th time.Now, lets go back to a little bit of history. Thomas Edison , a great inventor of the light bulb (among many other things). You know how many tries it took him to actually make a working and quality lightbulb? It took him more than ten thousand failed attempts. Have you ever thought of the times that we (in our lives) have tried something new, and maybe failed at it 10-15 times and thought about giving up? Imagine if Thomas Edison would have given up on the light bulb after try #1000. How bright would our world be?I usually tell students that when they learn a new pattern or footwork - it will take them at least 50 times to get it down and be able to do it smoothly without effort. Basically, telling them that on try #51, thats why they'll be able to do it perfectly. I tell them to practice it 50 times as soon as they can, so they can get to #51 as fast as possible. :-) This is because since you know you won't do it right until the 51st time, why not speed the process up by doing the pattern/footwork 50 times as soon as you can - so you can get those (bad ones or failed attempts) out of the way and start enjoying the good ones?

Learn to Play Solo Percussion in Salsa Music

Regardless of whether you understand whats going on (or even how this video of a DVD tries to show you how to perform good percussion solos) - just listening to the solos are great! For those who dance On1 - , listen very carefully to the music here (because the clave and rhythm is isolated for you to hear). This is really what we (On2) dancers use in the music to dance to. You might say it sounds like cha-cha - are correct, but you dance Cha-Cha On2, and the same instrumental fundamentals of clave apply to Salsa/Mambo. That's why, people who dance salsa on2 can easily dance cha-cha correctly (and vice-versa) because all you are doing is replacing the pause with a cha-cha-cha step. There is no cha-cha On1 - it doesn't make sense because the cha-cha-cha happens on 4-and-5 and 8-and-1 in the music (just listen to it) - meaning your break happens on 2-3 and 6-7... just like in.... Salsa on2 :-).

Angel and Tulane @ Cielo - Performance

Well, to keep showcasing some of the interesting performance you see at special events, here is another salsa dance group from San Diego, CA (from the "A Time To Dance Studio" (see 'sponsored links' above to check them out) it is Angel and Tulane doing their performance that was recorded in the Onyx Room (yes, this was a while ago, but I just found someone who took a video of it). If you ever happen to be in the San Diego area, they are some good instructors to check out as well.

Live At The Palladium : Ray Barretto

You just got to love old salsa video clips. They are just facinating to watch and to know of how were the old days of salsa (Golden Age). Also, you get to see some of your favorite artists perform their songs in their prime. Here we have the famous Ray Barretto (you should memorize that name by now) playing at the super famous Palladium concert/dancehall. The Palladium Ballroom (for those new to the salsa culture) was in New York City which is accredited of spreading the Mambo craze in the 1950's here in the United States. This is because immigrants from Puerto Rico began moving to the US (New York City) at the end of World War II. Of course, MOST of you should know about the Palladium because of the famous show called "I Love Lucy" where Desi Arnaz (the husband in the show) used to perform regularly. Also, if you have ever seen the movie "Mambo Kings", thats where they filmed most of the shots.Anyways, enjoy this performance and the song!

Proof : You are never too old to dance salsa!

You are never too old to dance salsa. Somehow, just dancing in general keeps you young - and here is proof. Found this great video of an fun 76 year old couple from London, England dancing at a salsa at a bar. I can imagine myself when I'm old (with my future wife) dancing salsa at a club - and watching the next generation of salseros take over. I wonder if addicted2salsa will still be alive by then? haha. Only time will tell.

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