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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).

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.

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?

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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