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velina



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the Super Mario combo!
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timbero1



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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 12:23 pm    Post subject: toddler dancing salsa Reply with quote

This video will probably get a bigger response than most of my other posts.

Here is a very young child dancing North American style salsa. I can't decide whether it is just amazing or it is child abuse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnar2JNYNQk

I guess it is better than Latin Ballroom.
But definitely I feel very uncomfortable watching young children dance Latin Ballroom. They teach them to dance like adults, but very provocatively wearing adult outfits.
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timbero1



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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 12:43 pm    Post subject: Yanek & Alina Reply with quote

Another video clip of Yanek and a different partner Alina. Another example of MODERN CUBAN SALSA DANCING.
This is old dancing?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfCQXEOYNOg
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velina



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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know...re: the child video..you are right, I have mixed feelings about. The girl is awesome, just amazing, but there is something wrong about the adult dancing in the small body...
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latinsalsa



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:51 pm    Post subject: casino rueda video Reply with quote

Beautiful ordinary Cuban girls dancing una rueda in the streets of Havana !! You really hear the rhythm of their shoes swishing out the quick, quick, SLOW, 1,2, 3. This is real rhythm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYAnQU0rXpk


This is modern day casino rueda, Cuban style. Playful and just enjoying themselves and not pretending to make a show.

And you can clearly see how ruedas had to be changed to incoporate North American style casino dancing.

The basic step (guapea) had to be simplified to go straight into your partner. Cuban guapeas (basic rueda steps) especially in Habana go and out of the center of the circle. Cuban dancing depends more on pulls and pushes between partners, you can especially see how the girls pull on each other when changing partners.

But I like North American style casino ruedas too. But they come from the Cuban ruedas from the 1950's and 1960's. Simpler calls.
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latinsalsa



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:31 am    Post subject: casino rueda video Reply with quote

I sent my casino rueda video to my Chinese Canadian friend who was unimpressed.
He was heavily into Ballroom and now is taking salsa classes with various schools around town. He loves the TV show Dancing with the Stars and So, You think you can dance. He said there were no costumes, no tricks and no atmosphere.

And quite frankly he would find the poverty (the streets don't look so good) very uncomfortable. It would also be a culture shock for him to be in a place where most people were of African descent who only speak Spanish in a not so nice neighbourhood. He said he is not racist, but said most middle class (especially white) Canadians would feel the same way. If it were in a hotel, that would be another thing.

That's why, the dance had to evolve. Bigger steps so that North Americans could know which foot goes forward and learn easier. Less emphasis on rhythm, especially the African precussion, because it would be harder for foreigners to follow. Less hip movement, which would be replaced by more athletic moves and arm stylings.

He said it also only through this way that salsa could be popular around the world and enjoyed by people from different cultures all around the world.
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