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Beautiful Performance by Masacote Dance Company

I just came across a beautiful performance by Masacote Dance Company from Boston, MA that I wanted to share with everyone. This performance has so many levels to it; it is truly a work of art. Rarely do we see symbolism in salsa choreography, and rarely do we see music written specifically for the choreography. I love the creativity in this performance, and especially the interplay between the dancers and the musicians. Great musicality is my weak spot - I think it really embodies what dance is. I hope you all enjoy it, and thanks to Dany J. (ScarletMambo) for posting this video!

Learn Musicality for Latin Dancing

Learn Musicality for Latin Dancing

Here at addicted2salsa, we try (when we can) to contribute salsa news, videos and information that can hopefully improve your overall salsa dancing and social lifestyle. This weekend I found a good blog that DJDoubleC posted in our social site: the very recent Salsa-Musicality blog. I was very enthusiastic and impressed with the wealth of information that this author has posted and wanted to share some thoughts.

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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