May 2012

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Salsa Suelta Summary May 27 2012

Posted by on 29 May 2012 | Tagged as: Instruction, Practice

June  session will be in two weeks 6/10 – I am away all other Sundays in June

This week we reviewed moves we did last month, including Oscarito.

Play List:

1) De La Habana a Peru, Mayimbe y Barbaro Fines, De La Habana a Peru

2) Amor Matematico, Manolito Simonet Y Su Trabuco, Marcando La Distancia

3) Anda y Pegate,  Maikel Blanco Y Su Salsa Mayor, Anda y Pegate

4) Se Rompieron Los Termometros, Manolito Simonet Y Su Trabuco, Se Rompieron Los Termometros

Our regular Cha Cha – we did the usual turn – this time vuelta and izquierda in sequence.

5) Ni Bonbones Ni Caramelos, Cesar ‘PUPY’ Pedroso, Siempre Pupy

New version of an old Van Van Classic – fast.

6) Recibeme, Los Van Van, La Maquinaria

7) Somos Latino, Adalberto Alvarez, Adalberto Alvarez Y Su Son Grandes Exitos

8 ) Timba Pa’ La Humanidad, Timbalive, From Miami A La Habana

Timbalive Rock !!! just as good as anything coming out of Cuba.

9 ) Ni Te Lo Imaginas, Suave Tumbao, La Canonera

We stepped to a pattern to a repeated coro in the song – click below to hear it.

Play Ni Te Lo Imaginas Clip

We stepped twice on the Right leg (7 and the “and of 7”) and then on the Left on 8 and exited as if it was Ponche. Listen to it slowed down to hear it on the 7 “and” 8:

Play Ni Te Lo Imaginas Clip – slow

Here is the whole song on YouTube. we’ll review and dance to this again next practice.

Practice At Sonny’s Today (5/27)

Posted by on 27 May 2012 | Tagged as: Practice

Today’s Sunday Practice will be at Sonny Newman’s Dance Hall. It’s a bit windy and there’s a possibility of showers.

We’ll hold off on guerilla rueda at Folklife until Monday, when Heather and Antonio will hold a rueda there.

See you at practice!

Video of the Week

Posted by on 27 May 2012 | Tagged as: Video


Video of the Week

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Rueda @ Folklife Monday 5/28 – warm-up for Cambalache!

Posted by on 17 May 2012 | Tagged as: Events, Social

Hola salseros! Come join Rumba Northwest for a rueda session at the Folklife Festival at Seattle Center, 5-7pm on Monday May 28th. Great warm-up for those interested in the Alma y Azucar at 6:10pm and/or Cambalache at 7:10pm, both at Center House. Let’s meet at the fountain and scope out a good spot. Call if you can’t find us, or if it’s raining: Heather 907-723-2822 or Antonio 360-595-7369. We’ll bring music and play a mix (not just rueda). Hope to see you there! Heather

5/13 Practica outside at Gas Works

Posted by on 13 May 2012 | Tagged as: Practice

If you’re planning to come to the rueda de casino practica today, Sunday 5/13, we’re doing a last-minute venue change to the Wallingford Steps at Gas Works Park from 4:30-6:30 pm

The place to be today

. The Wallingford Steps are located across the street from Gas Works Park, where Wallingford Ave N terminates between Northlake Way and N 34th St. We get to dance wearing sunglasses and sun block today, woohoo!!!

Hope to see you there,

Video of the Week

Posted by on 13 May 2012 | Tagged as: Video

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Video of the Week

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Ashe and Cambalache at Trago – Cinco de Mayo

Posted by on 05 May 2012 | Tagged as: Events

I hear that Ashe is on at 5 PM and Cambalache at 11 PM – at Trago – $10 for the day. Go to the Trago facebook page to try to extract more information

Salsa Suelta Summary April 29 2012

Posted by on 02 May 2012 | Tagged as: Instruction, Practice

Next session should be  5/27  –  are we doing Folklife ? Even if so – we can suelta.

Play list – heavy on Havana D’Primera and Alexander Abreu due to their US Tour:

1) Intro del Mayimbe, Mayimbe y Barbaro Fines, De La Habana a Peru

Introduced Quatro – very simple step on 1 /3 / 5/ 7  – basically marking half time.

We also did a cool twist on the base adelante ( basic forward):

LF1 RP2 LC3     RF5 LP6 RC7   –   to be read as : Left Forward, Right in Place,  Left Close……

Instead we do:

LP1 RP2 LF3    RP5 LC6 RF7   LP1 RC2 LF3…    –   we are still dancing on “1” but it looks like we are not and it has a nice different feel to it that emphasizes the “3” and the “7”.

2) Ella no Tiene, Tumbao Habana, Mambo Duro

Until not to long ago I would have trouble getting back to the basic step after a complex foot pattern. I would try hard to keep track of where I was in the count during the pattern. We did an exercise to help with this problem: They key is not to worry of where you are during the pattern as long as you know to hit the “1”  when you are done.

3) Carita_de_Pasaporte, Havana D’Primera, Demo

We did linea footwork – moving back and forth, added to our repitoire by doing quadradas (squares) both of 1 and 2 steps , clockwise and counter clockwise

4) Mi música, Havana D’Primera, Haciendo Historia

Scencillo / Sencillo complicado

5) Mis Dos Habana, Wil Campa, Todo Es Posible

Oscarito review – we looked quite good by the end.

6) Julito, Cesar ‘PUPY’ Pedroso, Siempre Pupy

7) Cha cha-Cha cha chá, Vission Latina, Sonando como un Cañón

8 ) Ni Te Lo Imaginas, Suave Tumbao, La Canonera

This song had opportunities to hit ponches and quatro (which we learned earlier) in the music.

9) Cuando el rio suena, Havana D’Primera, Haciendo Historia

We did some taps and kicks. We normally tap/kick during the pause on the foot we are about to step on i.e. on 4 and 8:  RT4 and LT8 (T for Tap, K for Kick).

so :  LT8  L1R2L3  RT4 R5L6R7……

Remember that in  ponche we delay the pause and switch between a step and pause and then get back on the normal track. Here we delay the step and instead kick (or tap):

L1R2L3   R5L6RK7R8  L1R2…

This idea can be developed further which we will do in the future.  We modified the above pattern further and added the normal kick/tap on beat 4 to get two kicks on the left side :

L1R2L3  RK4 R5L6RK7R8  L1R2…

10) La Familia (ft. Alexander Abreu), Tumbao Habana, Mambo Duro

11) Ella Dice, Maikel Blanco, Promo 2007