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Violin Salsa : Hacha y Machete with Alfredo de la Fé

Inspired by the Violin Solo that I created with GarageBand a few months ago, a Addicted2Salsa Facebook fan asked if I could recommend a good salsa dancing song that contain a good violin section. And of course, I remember the West Coast Salsa Congress when the group Hacha y Machete (Victor and Burju) performed the song "Hacha y Machete" with Alfredo De La F, a famous violinist. I decided to post it here so that everyone could enjoy it as well.

Beautiful Salsa Dancing : Amazing Musicality and Smoothness

This video is Oliver and Luda "performance social dancing" (non-choreography) to the famous song "Hacha y Machete". I'd like everyone to watch this video at least three times and pay attention to a few very important things. Enjoy the video on your first viewing of course! On your second, pay attention to the body movement. The song "Hacha y Machete" has a lot of detailed instrumentation, and Oliver, probably having heard and danced the salsa song many times, can showcase the minute detail of those instruments through his body movement. You can even see how his shimmies match the change in percussion rhythm in the song when they break apart (you might have to raise the volume to hear). On you third viewing, pay very close attention to his ability to control his movements perfectly in shines as well as in partner work. He is able to stop fast turns on "a dime", perform smooth yet controlled hand movements of his patterns without affecting Luda's balance, and his ability to stay on perfect timing. These are the types of dance attributes and techniques that all salsa dancer should hope to perfect, regardless of your style of salsa.

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