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Salsa Videos!

Learn Salsa from DVDs!

Learn salsa in a hurry the easy way with DVD instructional videos.

In association with the Salsa Race Team Studios, Phil is now proud to offer a progressive series of 11 (count 'em) 11 DVD videos designed to turn you into a sala maniac on the floor!

Start small. Learn the beginning steps then move on to the intermediate and advanced videos.

Then expand your talents even more with vidoes 4 through 11, which are designed to help build strength, flexibity, power as you learn dip, drop, lifts, salsa shines, and triples, and more.

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Salsa Instructional Videos!

Salsa Bands

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"The Organization" (Salsa Band)

"Our road to the stage has been paved with love and sweat, and a determination to share God’s musical gift with those thirsting for the Latin beat. Since adolescence we’ve had instruments in our hands; learning such things as piano, bass, trombone, saxophone, trumpet and percussion which comprise our orchestra."
Learn more about the Organization and listen to some cool salsa audio clips!

 

Phil Seyer offers private and group salsa dance lessons in the Sacramento / Roseville area in California. Click here to send him email or you can call him at 916-772-7555. You can learn a lot from salsa instructional videos, but nothing beats instruction from a live salsa dance teacher.

Salsa is a fast Latin dance to (guess what) salsa music. You can listen to new salsa music for free here!

In the basic pattern, the leader steps forward with his let foot (small step) and the follower steps back. In most ballrooms and nightclubs in California this is done to the first count of the music. On count two, the leader then replaces weight back to right foot. On count 3 the leader brings his left foot together with right. On count 4 the leader presses into the floor with his left foot, but does not move it. This causes the left leg to straighten and the right hip to go out. This is what gives the "cuban hip motion".

NOTE: these are counts of the music, not counts of steps.Remember, we dance to music so music deserves our utmost attention. On count 5, the leader steps back with his right foot (small step). On 6, the leader replaces weight to left foot. On 7 the leader brings right foot together with left foot. On step 8, the leader presses his right foot into the floor straightening his right leg and throwing his left hip out to the left.

NOTE: some instructors teach that the leader should step forward on count 2 rather than count 1. With this approach, on beat 1 the leader may swing his right hip out to the right, but he does not step in this style. This produces an exciting syncopated effect. Others say, no, that should only be done in mambo, not salsa. (These teachers say that mambo and salsa are basically the same dance, but danced on different beats.) In California ballrooms, most salsa leaders break forward on beat 1. In clubs influenced by the New York style, leaders break forward on beat 2. But either method is fine. Just be consistent throughout the dance.

One thing to keep in mind is that the QQS (quick-quick-slow) rhythm doesn't have to be done throughout. As you become a more advanced dancer, you can use various rhythmic patterns. However, if you are a beginner, it is best to stick to QQS during the entire dance. .

NOTE: Phil Seyer offers private and group lessons in Roseville, California. For more, you may reach him at 916-772-7555

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