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Salsa Technicals: Simplicity in Movement

Again, the master of movement. Now, this video was submitted in the videoclips section - and usually I don't post information about it here, unless its important. You can see how easily he moves through all the SIMPLE patterns. I had received an email 2 days ago about a guy just starting to learn salsa and wanting to do complicated patterns (Mayan style) in order to show people that he knew how to salsa. But the fact is - it is NOT about complicated patterns - it is about being a good dancer. What do I mean by a good dancer? Let me reiterate for the 1000 time:- Be smooth in your motions. Better to do a simple pattern well, than a complicated one horribly.- Take good care of your follow. She must get through the pattern before you do.- Let your pattern have fun. The more the follow has fun, the more you will be looked at as a great dancer.- Add flavor to your step. Adding simple body motions and arm styling helps show that you are comfortable with what you are doing and can really shake it (in a smooth way).- Ladies love to spin. Be a good lead to help them perform double and triple turns. Spin, spin, spin - smoothly.

Salsa Technicals: The Masters of Body Movement

Another great piece by Hacha y Machete. These are again some of my favorite dancers in the world salsa scene. They are Victor and Bruju (you've probably seen them in many videos that I post). They are here performing their famous salsa piece entitled "Silencio" which means 'Silence'. Now, its not completely salsa music, but it has a great beat to it - and just the control, precision and fluidity of body movement is amazing to watch. Sad thing is that the actual performance is much longer - and some how the poster of this video cut out some of the other great parts. Great way to feel a friday. Thanks, Patrick for the submission! UPDATED: Not the full set of performers, but the longer version. Thanks Alina!

Pinocchio learns Cha-Cha - Funny Routine

I like themed routines. I found this routine on youtube about how Pinocchio learns how to move is (wooden) legs and dance a little cha-cha. Now I would have assumed that Pinocchio would be more clumsy than in the video ( :-) ) - but regardless, the dancer is very precise and controlled even though he has to switch between being clumsy and smooth in various parts. Great routine.

Salsa Recording at the Studio with Eddie Palmieri

Ever wonder how they record those awesome salsa tracks? Well, I got just the video for you. I found this neat video on YouTube which is basically Eddie Palmieri (a great salsa musician) recording one of his hits in the studio. I think its amazing to see how every different piece of a song (the drummer, the trumpeter , and the pianist) are all placed in different locations, with separate soundtracks (in headphones) and yet somehow, everything comes together (or maybe the headphones are for another reason - I'm no up and coming artist.. :-) ).

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