Vlado and Daniela’s delightful show

January 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Everybody is talking about this year’s Sarajevo salsa congress. Apparently it was not just another congress, cause it gave the participants that little something more, the real vibe and the feeling of “I think I’d rather stay here and dance than go for the delicious famous portion of Cevapi”.  I saw this really really likable clip on Facebook of Vlado and Daniela‘s show and wanted to share. Did I mention I really really liked it? Especially the parts with pachanga. Mmmmm, pachanga…. “she” has that little something more for me. 🙂

http://www.facebook.com/v/499901338890

Mr. Mambo King – a legend

November 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

Having so much time to kill, while waiting for my baby to come out, I ran into some clips of recent Eddie Torres shows and remembered what a privilege it was to attend his classes a couple of years ago. You believe it when you see it. The name Mambo King does him justice and when you take his pachanga class, you know you’ve been inspired for good.
Even the shows are pure pleasure for the eyes. Though you know it’s not about the story, not about the lifts and tricks, not about the spins and styling… it’s about the groove, the feel, the soul… OK, and his TM costumes ;).
All I can say is “Thank you Mr. Eddie Torres!”

His bio tells us an interesting story on how and why he started dancing. Quoted from his website: “He was merely 12 years old when he caught the dancing bug. Just back in New York after a two year sojourn in Puerto Rico, he developed a puppy-love crush on a girl from the hood. Shyly, he asked her to the movies and she made a counter-offer: why didn’t he come to her house? That Saturday, when Renée opened the door, Eddie was surprised to see a tall, good-looking guy sitting on the couch. Renée whispered apologetically, “He’s my ex-boyfriend. He’s looking to make up with me.” Then, in an attempt to break the tension, she asked Eddie, “Do you know how to Latin?” She wanted to know if he knew how to dance Latin. Fresh from Puerto Rico, his confidence emboldened him. Renée leaned over the record player and dropped the needle on the groove of Eddie Palmieri’s Azucar Pa’ Ti. Not knowing a thing about leading position or about timing, the young suitor started jumping around, then glanced over to collect looks of approval. But his rival on the couch sat clamping his jaw closed, holding back a burst of laughter. Two minutes into the number, Renée retired her inexperienced partner, pulled her ex-boyfriend up and explained in a professorial manner, “Let me show you the way WE do the Latin.” It was plain to see that there was a lot of coordination, plenty of moving together and all sorts of turns. The more they danced, the worse Eddie felt. After the dance demonstration, his love interest pulled him to one side and explained, “He really wants to make up with me.” From that moment, Eddie made himself a promise, “This is never going to happen to me again. I’m going to learn how to dance.”

I’m sure someone can somehow relate to that :). Although his determination led him far. He learned and learned and learned, he worked with Tito Puente, competed, developed NY on2 style of dancing and also started teaching. He did all this in the era when Latin dance was not as popular. That is why I said the nickname Mr. Mambo King does him juste. One can read even more about him on his website.

Below, I am attaching some clips from this years Hamburg salsa festival, which took place in July.

With Melissa Rosado in Remember the time / and yes I do remember the time when I took those classes 🙂

His solo show:

Melissa’s solo show:

And many more…

7th Salsa Power Festival

October 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Last weekend was in the name of magical number 7. The traditional Slovenian Salsa Power festival took place in Ljubljana, unfortunately this time completely without me :(. My big belly did not find its place in it ;). But from what I hear it was once again a great event, with quality classes and parties in the beautiful hall of Festivalna Ljubljana. The organizer of the festival, Buba center, celebrated it’s 5 years of establishment at the same time, which gave the Friday evening party a special touch (there was a cake! :)).

Here are some clips of the shows seen on Saturday’s gala party.

Nuno & Vanda:

Jazzy & Alexistyle:

Mark Anthony & Susie:

Mambo en Clave:

Mano the movie

February 20, 2010 § 2 Comments

In my interview with Magna Gopal, we already heard she was doing a movie. And the movie is out now. 24 min short movie about salsa. It’s interesting to hear that salsa made it on a big screen, though it wouldn’t be fair to say it’s the first-one. There were a couple of movies aleady which included salsa, it’s soul, life and energy. This movie is an award winning peace though, so I would love to see it. I’m just not sure if I would donate to a movie to see it. I know how hard it is to make it in a salsa world, or how the rights are being violated constantly with all the downloading possibilities… but to pay to see a movie in a cinema is one thing, to pay to see a 24-minute movie on home computer… naah… not sure about it. We all know that salsa has never by now been profitable, so why set oneself such a high goal. 😉 But ok, we’ll see… maybe I’ll change my mind and donate for it. Though I want to hear a few positive critics first. 🙂
This is the official trailer of the movie… Yes, you can recognize that’s Magna dancing… 🙂

Mmmm… kizomba seminar… hot and worthwhile!

January 12, 2010 § 1 Comment

The topic of kizomba is not new on this blog. I spoke and tempted my readers with it before, and I’m doing it again. 🙂 This dance really looks hot… even hotter than bachata I dare to say. So I’m happy when I hear we have a chance to learn kizomba from people who really feel it, who dance amazingly and who can share that knowledge with us. My dear friend from Belgrade invited two amazing people from Portugal, Paula Loureiro and Ricardo Sousa, from Afrolatin connection. Take a look of how sensual and cool this guys look like:

This couple will be visiting Serbia in the month of March. 13th and 14th of March 2010 is the right date of the 3rd Kizomba seminar in Belgrade. Since this is already the 3rd seminar, you can imagine it’s getting bigger and better each time. To see how it felt and looked like last year see this clip:

Pretty cool I’d say. So don’t miss it! And I promise I’ll try to get some more info from the organizer soon. She promised them. 🙂 🙂

Magna Gopal – the crazy little Indian girl

September 22, 2009 § 4 Comments

Probably one of the greatest international salsa instructors, Magna Gopal, will be visiting Slovenia in the month of October for the 6th Salsa Power Festival. Her graceful dancing and great methodology skills have so far enlightened so many people. It’s only fair to say I was one of those people, who felt a big break-through, while first seeing Magna dance, perform or even better – teach. She found a couple of free minutes to present herself to Slovenian audience, so enjoy these interview and get inspired by this magnificent Indian angel. 🙂

 

1. Magna, I know this is the most common question you get, but many people here might not know much about your background. Your origin seems to be Indian, yet you lived in Canada and now in the US of A? Is New York your final location or do you see yourself moving somewhere else – maybe back home?

Hi Irena. Yes it’s a common question. I was born in New Delhi, India and moved to Toronto, Canada with my family when I was 6 years old and finally moved to the USA 3 years ago. I actually live in NJ but close enough to NY to say NY…hehehe. NY is my current location but definitely not my final. I’m still exploring the world and you never know what part will steal my heart. As for moving back home to India (not likely) and back to Canada (it’s possible but really not in my plans).

 
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2. You know, on previous festivals we already saw some instructors with Indian roots (like Neeraj, Mario etc.). I always thought Cubans are the ones who are born with the right feel for salsa, but you guys seem to master that even better. 🙂 How come?

I don’t think it always boils down to your ethnicity when it comes to “having the right feel for salsa.” There are many Latin Americans that have a feel for the music and moving but not necessarily for the dance itself. I think it’s part passion and understanding your body. I love the music and the dance and I was really determined to get it and luckily I have a good sense of rhythm so it all pieced together nicely.

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Jonathan Platero doing salsa

July 13, 2009 § Leave a comment

Thanks to Facebook, nowadays, one gets more information then one used to… So I accidently ran into a link of Jonathan (SYTYCD Season 5 contestant) doing some salsa. It was very interesting to see that, cause I was hoping to see him do a whole salsa routine before he’ll get eliminated. Since I come from salsa world, seeing salsa dancer on So you think you can dance show is very interesting and so far there were no really good salsa shows… with great exception of Benji and Heidi in Season 2. But all others were done by Alex Da Silva, and I’m sorry, but I’m not a fan of his style.
So this is what I found first – a clip of Jonathan’s solo:

This was not something to die for, but it lead me to some other clips. And the next was much better. Good show, from the choraographie, position changes, footwork… everything is likable 🙂

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