Salsa Crazy Presents: Learn to Salsa Dance, Intermediate Series, Volume 1
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3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Great Buy May 11, 2006
I purchased the intermediate DVDs from Salsa Crazy. They were just what I was looking for. I wanted a DVD that wasn't basic and but that I wouldn't be totally lost on having not done much live Salsa dancing before. I got what I wanted with this DVD. The pacing was a bit faster than I anticipated but not too bad overall. Besides, I'd rather have a lesson that challenges me rather than one that's a repeat of what I already know.
4 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Taking it to a higher level Sep 09, 2006
By Amanda Richards
If you haven't mastered the basics of Salsa as yet, look no further. Go back and get the Beginners box set, which will show you the right way to dance Salsa via informal and fun sessions with qualified instructors.
If you've already graduated from the Beginner level, and are really serious about dancing, this DVD and the accompanying Volume 2 will give you all the tools and secrets to make that Salsa dream come true. Using the same techniques as before, the instructors make it easy. Each step is broken down to basics, one movement at a time, and then repeated over and over to give you enough time to get it right. This means that you don't have to stop dancing and replay the section continuously. Evan Margolin teaches with a passion and makes it fun, and his partner makes it look easy also.
The accompanying music is infectious and lively, and really gets you in the mood for serious dancing. Even if you think you already know it all, or just need a quick refresher on your way to the "America's Got Talent" auditions, this series can help you become a better dancer.
Amanda Richards, September 9, 2006
Jazzy, Snazzy Hand and Footwork! Dec 07, 2005
By E. Sirlani
Though the DVD is titled as an intermediate dance lesson, to the novice dancer, it may be more of an advanced level. I've tried all of the Learn to Dance Salsa DVDs personally so I'm speaking from experience here. So if you've never really had a set of Salsa dance lessons, it will serve you well to check out the beginners DVDs in the SalsaCrazy Learn to Dance series. For those of you Salsa semi-pros however, this DVD is the perfect tool to help you take your dance skills to the next level.
Coming into this DVD, dancers are expected to have a firm grasp of Salsa dancing fundamentals, namely that they have all the basic steps, patterns, turns and shines in existence down pat. With that notion in mind, instructors Evan Margolin and Moira Denike forge ahead with more complex dance moves. In this DVD, you'll learn the hook step and a number of variations for it as well as cross-hand holds, a variety of leads, plus the turns just keep on coming. Expect instruction in the hammerlock, reverse hammerlock, cross-body, hook-step and hand-over patterns as well.
There are a couple things that are important to note, especially for those of you who've gone through the previous DVDs in the series and are now interested in this one: (1) The crutches available in the previous DVD are no more-the most noticeable being that the insets with close-ups on moves, a signature feature in all three beginner DVDs, are excluded. (2) The pace of instruction is faster. I'd say a medium-high pace. By this time, it's expected that you are accustomed to counts, terminology and picking up patterns with less repetition of instruction.
Because of the faster pace and more complex moves, you will have to be more patient and allow yourself more time to perfect dance moves. Before you move on to the second intermediate DVD, I recommend you take a moment to watch some of the special features on the DVD, particularly the section on etiquette. The tips provided will help to really hone your dance skills-from how to adjust for dancing with different partners to how to "stay in your dance space" while you're trying out your new skills at the hottest Salsa club in town.
Pass the Salsa Feb 06, 2006
By Avid Reader
For centuries, being able to dance was one of the defining marks of a civilized man or woman. Then something happened and the life-is-gloomy crowd declared it a sin despite the fact that folks danced in the Bible - ignore the parts you don't lilke. Thankfully, the art is making a comeback. 'm usually wary of folks asking me to review their products since most the time it's a big disappoinment & I hate giving bad reviews.OK, I love giving bad reviews but not when the author/composer/performer puts forth lots of effort. No need to worry that this time though and the timing is quite apropos. We're headed on a European cruise and wouldn't you know, Mrs. Avid Reader wants to take dance lessons so we can Rumba down in Barcelona. Well, I thought about this CD & said, What the hey have I got to lose?
Folks, this is cheaper, easier & more fun than attending those dance lessons you went to when you were single hoping to meet someone new & exotic. All I ever found were older women & guys who didn't seem exactly interested in the opposite sex. This is very straight forward, very clear, almost easy (hate to use that word but it seems right). The dancers are great and it strikes the right balance between "Dancing with the Stars" and "Seventh Grade Mixer".
Of course, the younger you are, the more limber you are, the better in shape you are, the more you can wiggle - all those things really help. You're not going to Salsa well if you get tired walking up a set of stairs. Then again, what better way to get in shape - even if you never win a dance contest. Great CD.
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Instructor is giggly and talks 'way too much off the point. Jul 14, 2007
By M. Singletary
The male instructor in this video is so annoying that it is difficult to pay attention to the instructions. He surrounds the necessary instructions with a huge amount of off-the-point verbiage, so that I quickly lost all patience waiting for him to get to it. Too, the constant big grin and giggles are really irritating.
That said, the patterns taught in this video are useful, especially from the leader's standpoint. Some of the intermediate level videos I have seen show great patterns, but most of the showy stuff is the province of the follower. Here the leader, as well, has a chance to show off. However, it is my very personal view that the greatest dancing DOES show off the follower primarily. When the follower is just marking time while the leader spins, to me it appears that he should be doing freestyle or shines, not partner work. My instructors have always insisted, "Just as a picture to appear at its best requires a frame, so each half of a couple requires the partner. In dancing, the follower is the picture, and the lead is the frame."
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