Salsa open diary

Discussion in 'Just Dance' started by MacMoto, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. DJ Yuca

    DJ Yuca El Sabroso de Conguero

    A quick swim, in fact.
  2. DJ Yuca

    DJ Yuca El Sabroso de Conguero

    Anyway, congratulations and I hope it all works out well for you!
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  3. Sabrosura

    Sabrosura Maestro 'Sonero' Lavoe

  4. terence

    terence Maestro 'Descarga' Cachao

    I look forward to that time...I'm in the West country ( Somerset ) on the Waterloo line .
    And the noble comment, was in reference to your African trip.
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  5. Sabrosura

    Sabrosura Maestro 'Sonero' Lavoe

    Gotcha -- you mean Latin American trip (the Amazon... ;) ) Yeah that would still happen even if I was staying in the US, as I definitely want to take advantage of this "in-between" time (between graduating and stating work again) by going on some longer travels :)
  6. Smejmoon

    Smejmoon El Sabroso de Conguero

    Foods not to eat before dancing... Now includes steak.

    I did the mistake twice in last days. Luckily on second time shops were still open and I bought a tooth floss. Now it'll be next do dance shoes.
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  7. Smejmoon

    Smejmoon El Sabroso de Conguero

    Last week I had the case two times, when on my question - do you prefer to dance on 1 or on 2, the answer was - you can do what you want with me. Makes me blush.
  8. Al Israel

    Al Israel Tumbao

    on...the floor ;)
  9. Dissonant Harmony

    Dissonant Harmony Rhythm Deputy

    I signed up to a Dominican Bachata course. It starts on the next Wednesday, and for some reason, I'm way too excited about it.
    -To make things more interesting: They rented the same studio where I started learning Salsa.
    -To make it even more amusing: I have a very clear memory of asking my first Salsa instructor about Bachata, and he said: "When you want to learn Bachata, come to me, and I'll send you to a guy that teaches Dominican; not the ******** they teach here".
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  10. vit

    vit El Sabroso de Conguero

    Once it starts, can you post a video from the class demo, so we can see how it looks like?
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  11. Dissonant Harmony

    Dissonant Harmony Rhythm Deputy

    The instructors are those two:

    I personally know the guy - and his approach towards dance is beyond amazing; his philosophy is everything this scene needs.

    -Ths course has not started yet, but a few days ago they formed a whatsapp chat for the course. The first message was a greeting one, and it ended with:
    "This group was made for updates, class-summaries, and my weekly riddle,
    do not mute the conversation - I promise you there would be a lot of fun.

    Every day, I'm going to publish a song, or a video related to the magical style of dance that you are about to dive into on the next Wednesday".

    And then he left this video:

    and asked us: "First riddle,
    What is Bachata?

    Let's hear your answers in the first meeting - have a great weekend!"

    The group, then quickly got filled by hearts, and smileys by different students. Our Bachata scene is very active on FB, and everyone pretty much knows everyone, so they appeared really friendly (I belong to the Salsa scene, so I do not know most of them, though). Then one of the instructors asked us to respond with an Emoji we thing describe us best. Quite childish and random, but the results were hilarious.


    1) "Dima, for you - " (Note: Our Bachata scene is divided into a colossal war between the pro lemon-wafer camp, and the anti-lemon one...)
    2) "And there I wonder why I'm always hungry in your classes".

    -The next day I received a Phone call from the girl-instructor, she asked me what my expectations of the course were.
    I said that knowing Dima - I expect that they will do their best to share the love for Bachata, and its "magic" with the students.
    I also added that from a basic course ran by a dancer of her league - I expect that it be a lot about poise, body movement, proper stepping-action and common positions and holds.

    She seemed to like that answer and noted that this is pretty much it. (Which impressed me a lot), but she added that there will be a lot of emphasis on listening to the music, understanding it learning to express it.

    -The same day, Dima share his favorite song with us, which was not left unresponded by the students.


    To sum it up - It has not started yet - but I already have very high expectations.
    I had a chat with Dima, he said that knowing what I like and how picky and critical I am - it meant a lot to him that I chose to join his classes.
    I told him that he held me with a regard much higher than what I deserve. He wished that my expectations would be met, and I said: "Not matter what - you two are the best around. Not to mention a monopoly". He laughed, and I had to go back to studying...

    *I'll see him on Wednesday, and I'll bring lemon wafers along. :D
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  12. Sabrosura

    Sabrosura Maestro 'Sonero' Lavoe

    Yesterday, I fulfilled my years-long dream of taking a private lesson with Alien Ramirez. Ever since the first time I saw a video of her early on in my salsa journey, I was so mesmerized by her dancing, and have wanted to take a private lesson with her ever since. A dream come true! :)

    I asked her to focus on the basic and it was amazing, we basically (pun not intended :p ) talked about the basic (including how to adapt it for different lead styles) for the entire lesson, she taught me in-depth technique, and several different variations and sub-variations of the basic and I got to pick her brain about all the issues and frustrations that I've had over the years with the basic. She also spotted something that was a big reason why I felt my basic was disconnected at times, I focused on fixing that last night while dancing at the congress and my dancing instantly felt so much better, with more of the groundedness and connectedness I've been wanting but that was eluding me.

    And I asked for and got a casino stepping demo too :)

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  13. Dissonant Harmony

    Dissonant Harmony Rhythm Deputy

    I do not know of an emoticon that captures that "whoa" factor of an: "O:" combined warm and congratulating essence of a "<3" - but if I did - it would be here now, with no words to ruin it added.
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  14. Live2dance

    Live2dance Shine Officer

    Now that is what I call service! Amazing! They gave you a call to ask you what were your expectations of the course?!? :eek:
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  15. Live2dance

    Live2dance Shine Officer

    I have never taken lessons from her but given the videos I see, Alien stands out on a league of her own amongst female salsa dancers. I saw a lesson of hers on YT and she seemed to be a very good teacher too. So I totally believe you!
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  16. Dissonant Harmony

    Dissonant Harmony Rhythm Deputy

    Yes. And she also told me to contact her with any question I have in mind.
    When I told Dima "Oh, BTW! I got a very reassuring phone from Liza today; She asked about my expectations for the course!"
    He said: "I know, we are sitting* on this today, you are welcome to tell me too."

    *I cannot think of proper a translation to: "Sitting on it" - but he pretty much said that she and he would later meet and discuss the matter - and work on the syllabus. Which means they had initially planned to adjust their course according to the expectations of the students to begin with.

    But this is the video that they published when they needed 2 more girls for the course:

    "Dominican Bachata, to me, is freedom - the ability to flirt, play and enjoy every part of the rhythm, in the way I desire, while dancing with a partner.
    In the workshop: "Dominican feel", I put emphasis to the girls, not only on technique, but also on self-expression in your dance, and on flowing that is with your own delight". (The last part was not well-phrased, Hebrew-grammar wise, but she basically meant she'd teach how to "flow" with your own inspiration, have fun and express yourself throughout the dance - which, probably has to do with how free-to-do-what-she-wants the girl in Dominican Bachata is, compared to the role of the girl in other dancers).

    The other video was this:

    Staged (as in "too nice in front of the camera") or not - I know the material: Dima loves enriching those who desire to learn, and Liza is quite the pedant. Attention to details is something I definitely expect from them.

    I think that the true "gem" in that video - is seeing how Dima actually dances while traveling between the students. This is not something you fake to the camera. I bet he didn't even notice.
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  17. vit

    vit El Sabroso de Conguero

    They could have posted the video with sound in sync anyway.
    However, it looks like the girl closest to the camera spent considerable time on sensual bachata classes :D
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  18. Dissonant Harmony

    Dissonant Harmony Rhythm Deputy

    I actually took particular interest in the blonde one at the other side of the first row, as she had the body movement of one who's just started getting it - and the face expression of a student who's carefully trying to connect the pieces of the puzzle..."I'm getting there, but I'm not quite close yet".

    When I asked Dima about it, he told me that she was their most self-critic student, but added that every student and his own pace. (To which I will add: Background, desires and openness).
  19. azana

    azana Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dancing at the establishment that is Tuesdays at The Establishment in Sydney; it's a large, upscale bar where most of the patrons are just there for after work drinks and get-togethers, and the dancers find where they can to dance, in between tables, in the entrance way with its polished floor; one lead and I danced a couple of songs at the front window :) Many people enter the bar unknowingly and walk into the middle of pairs' slots. Suddenly the employees appeared with a large rug and rolled in out across the entrance way. "We need space!" cried one. The salsa dancers stopped and stood perplexed around the rug. After a few minutes everyone just started dancing on the rug and it was back to salsa mayhem in the doorway :)
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  20. Dissonant Harmony

    Dissonant Harmony Rhythm Deputy

    This is Adam Sandler movie material right there...:D

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