How to Salsa Dance? A painful question for many, as learning to dance salsa is not an especially easy task. In fact, learning to dance just about any dance can be a humbling experience. It was this humbling feeling, along with the desire to get my friends to start dancing with me, that launched my initial foray into salsa dance video production.
For me, Salsa Dancing is a uniquely social experience, grounded almost entirely in the passion of the music. When I started dancing, it was before the creation of dance teams, troupes, congresses, and the entire economic models those things created. Salsa dancing has come a long way since then, but at it's core, it's still an immensely popular social dance. The goal and purpose of the salsa dance videos were to share the passion, but also create a real step by step system that allows you to dance with anyone, anywhere, anytime, to any music, and still have a great time.
Chances are that you, reading this right now, stumbled upon salsa dance at a local club, dance studio, or even a ballroom. Perhaps you heard the music, fell in love with it, or just found yourself dancing late at night when an as yet uknown latin rythym came on that spoke to you. That led to dance lessons, perhaps private lessons too, and a fantastic (and sometime arduous) journey of the beginning salsa dance student. It can be tough, and I found my friends sometimes dropping off, and not reaching the level of a "social dancer". How could I help?
How to Salsa Dance, with a progressive 5 dvd system, that takes you from your very first steps and coddles you forward to intermediate levels. It's very basic at the start, very clear, with a fair amount of repetition, also done with music, to really help my friends internalize it. While it's not easy to learn how to do any dance, with the Salsa Dance Mastery System, it allowed more of my friends to make the leap to becoming a social salsa dancer. For many, it was the missing piece of the puzzle – the practice, repetition, and step by step coach, that they needed to really learn how to dance.
And yes, years later, I can say with a humble heart, it really worked. Tons of my friends salsa dance, and rarely a day goes by that I don't hear how this system has helped someone learn to dance salsa. How great is that!? If you find yourself at a plateau, or you find yourself struggling with learn to dance salsa, give the Salsa Dance Mastery System a try …
How about you – how's your salsa dancing journey?
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Wedding Dance Time! DanceCrazy.com does it again …
We've released our two DVD and five DVD Wedding Dance Mastery Systems. Woohoo! It's time to make that first dance a truly memorable experience, and we're going to make it so easy …
But before we get into our wedding dance system, let me just tell you, this is NOT just for wedding dancers! You do NOT need to be getting married to love this progressive DVD system. It's quite literally one of the finest ballroom dance systems you'll ever find, covering all styles of dance from your very first steps. It's an incredible step by step dance production that you'll cherish in your library (and of course, like all our systems, it's 100 percent completely guaranteed).
The premium 2 DVD Wedding Dance DVD Mastery System is made up of two Step by Step DVDs for absolute beginners & intermediate dancers. The DVDs contain and in-depth analysis of footwork, styling, & "the essential connection" to make your first dance a truly special one, all with picture-in-picture & detailed close-ups. There are detailed breakdowns of the most exciting routines that are danced today and Step-by-step instruction that leave nothing out. The 2 DVD set covers a couple of patterns in the essential wedding dances of Swing dancing, Rumba dance, Foxtrot & Waltz.
We created this system after so many of our friends were getting married, and coming to us for dance instruction and last minute, frantic, aid, we saw a need to develop this type of all inclusive mastery product. It’s difficult enough to plan and execute a perfect wedding, the bride and groom needn’t worry about yet another think – like their first dance.
The big Wedding Dance Spanning an enormous set of five DVDs, with over eight hours of instruction, and a massive question and answer section, spanning every question imaginable, this DVD is perfect for those whom want to have a truly fantastic wedding dance, and not stress over what should be a fantastic experience.
Both The DVD systems are designed to be incredibly step by step, and leaves nothing out. We covered all the bases, and the questions we’re always asked, about everything from wedding songs, to what dance style should I perform.
Both wedding dance mastery systems include descriptions and details on the best wedding dance songs, footwear and dresses, plus exciting new fashions and nuances in the world of Weddings.DanceCrazy’s Premium Two DVD Wedding Dance Mastery system is now available
DanceCrazy’s Wedding Dance Mastery system is now available at,http://www.WeddingDanceCrazy.com
Even though you probably know all this, founded in 1996, SalsaCrazy.com is dedicated to offering the finest instructional dance videos on the market. By using a tested and proven method of fun, step by step instruction techniques, the videos available on DanceCrazy.com lead students through a carefully planned series of exercises on their path to becoming accomplished dancers. The library of videos covers an extensive range of dancing styles that allow students to comfortably enjoy a new world of exciting people, vibrant nightlife and incredible music. or an extensive range of instructional dance videos designed to show anyone how to dance, swing dance, waltz or perform other popular dancing styles.
Learn to Salsa Dance – It will Change your Life!
Today is something of an anniversary. It's an anniversary to the day my first dance teacher told me, "Salsa Dance, it will Change your Life". I think I'll ponder on this for a moment, as I try to convince you to Learn to Salsa Dance.
That was nearly two decades ago, and sure enough, salsa dancing had an effect on me that I could scarcely have imagined when I was dragged, kicking and screaming, from my ivory office tower. Since that time, I've seen countless people similarly affected, and since that time it's become my mission to reach out, find and teach people like my past self – people whom would never have given dance a second thought.
It's been a crazy experience. If someone had simply pulled me aside while I was CEO of a major startup, shook me a bit, and said:
"Dude, you have to learn to dance, I mean really … it's going to change your life", my first thought would have been, "how can I get far away from this guy, quickly …". My 24/7 work days, filled with endless corporate climbing and business intrigue didn't really allow for such thinking. My life was simply my work, as it is for so many others – especially those overachievers on the startup or corporate fast track. There' simply no space to entertain out of the box thinking – especially with your time.
It's likely this understanding that makes it possible for me to reach so many people. I've seen the life-changing benefits firsthand, but I've also felt how hard it was to reach me, to get me out of my shell. I've experienced firsthand the immense difficulty and hurdles other people faced in breaking me out of my shell. Time and time again, i've experienced that same difficulty as I reach out to others. Getting someone to take their first steps in dance is HARD!
It's not just salsa dance – but all dance (different dances certainly appeal to different people). Even if you get them to take a class, it's really the entirety of the experience that changes lives – not just the dance, but likely the music and the social experience as well, that comes together to change someone.
Specifically, the major changes I see time and time again, brought about by learning to dance, are general happiness, fitness, health, a more positive and open outlook, and the grand-daddy benefit fo greater charisma, charm, and confidence in your own skin. Who doesn't want these? Who couldn't use them?
But how, how do you convince people to take that first step? People don't necessarily want their lives changed. I suppose certainly some do, but I certainly didn't, or at least so I thought. I thought my life was just fine. I was wealthy, powerful, and engaged in a field I had a genuine passion for – what more could I want?
It turns out the answer to that question, and the reason dance has such a powerful effect on those that will give it a try, is very personal to each individual, yet, somehow, something that we all share. It's connection. Depth. Passion. Life. Community. Soul. Vitality. Grounding. It's all these things, to each of us.
My passion for teaching dance runs out of me when I teach. I get animated, excited, and very, very vocal, because I believe that's what necessary to reach people whom don't even realize they may have something missing in their lives. I was lucky, dance and music spoke to me the minute I stepped foot into my first salsa club. But it's not as earth-shattering an experience to everyone.
Now, I teach dance, I teach business, I teach marketing, and my passions run free. I'm not sure what, if anything, I can say to get you to give it a shot, but I will say (without getting too sales-y), I created a Salsa Dance Mastery System that is simply unlike anything else around. It's step by step, 5 DVDs, that progress you from your basics to a strong intermediate level.
So, once you take that first step, likely in your local club, dance school, or perhaps a ballroom, you'll have a clear and well though out guide, like no other.
Learn to Salsa Dance – We'll Help!
I'm guessing there's a lot of Beginning, and lower level intermediate dancers out there, and wondering if this system is for them? The answer … Nope! This is really an ADVANCED SALSA system, and there's nothing else like it out there (anywhere).
Before we talk about the details, if you are a beginner, or intermediate dancer, you'll want to start with our regular Salsa Dance Mastery System. It's five massively packed DVDs filled with real step by step dance instruction, starting off from your very first steps. You can Learn to Salsa Dance! Don't be fooled, this DVD system gets quite far, and can be pretty challenging …
But for the Salsa Dancers, those who already salsa dance every night, and are completely hooked, and have perhaps been dancing a few years, your options are limited (right?). We made this system for you. Intermediate improvers whom are beyond all the classes, have taken their share of private lessons, and want more. A well thought out series taking you to the next level …
It's a massive six dvds of purely awesome advanced salsa dancing from 8 master teachers (people who can really teach, and break down the intricacies well), all done to great music, with fantastic multiple camera angles (to catch all the action). This is not an amateur production – this is a high level system that's thoughtfully and beautifully produced. There's nothing else like it.
If you're an intermediate or advanced salsa dancer, this is what you've been waiting for. Just take look, and take your salsa to the next level. http://www.SecretSalsa.com.
As with all SalsaCrazy videos, it's completely guaranteed, and has rave reviews. You'll love it …
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Dance Cruise! Alert!
As we gear up to depart on our 7 Day Caribbean Dance Cruise out of New Orleans, we've announced our super-duper high end world dance vacationer cruise (and it's a doozy). Before we get to it, our straight up Salsa Cruise to the Caribbean departs next month, and you can still get on board. I think we have only two or three cabins left though, so better act fast. Now, on to the big cruise, leaving October 1st, though the 12th, 2012…
Twelve (count em' 12) whole days at sea, leaving out of Venice (no, not Venice beach, think bigger). This is the dance cruise you've been dreaming of, and it's going to be crazy (would it be anything else?). The cruise features both salsa and swing dancing (so no, it's not just a "salsa" cruise), and you can expect a fair amount of the ballroom dances to be represented and sprinkled in their for good measure.
This cruise features all the great activities and amenities of a Grand Mediterranean Dance Cruise – Plus the fun and excitement of a West Coast Swing & Salsa event at sea. Those booking with SalsaCrazy (and our cruise producing partners, DanceFun) will enjoy many hours of dancing throughout the cruise and workshops on our days at sea with great professionals. All Dances & Workshops are “Private Parties” only for our group.
Cabin Prices include all Dances, Workshops, and Group Activities on board
Inside $1699.00 / Ocean View $1999.00 / Balcony $2489.00
Prices are per person based on double occupancy
*Prices include Non-commissionable fare of $300.00 (port tax)
Government Taxes of $163.19 are additional / Airfare additional
NCL is offering Huge discounts !
Get Ocean View for Interior Price OR Get Balcony for Ocean View Price AND a $400 Coupon Book – through Feb 2nd
Latitude Members get $250.00 on board credit – They can expire any second (or they may still be active).
Check the website for all the details and to book,
But, let's take a look at these amazing ports of call, and see how this trip really lays out on a day to day basis.
Departure, Day 1 – Venice, Italy -> Overnight
Day 2 – Venice, Italy
Day 3 – At Sea
Day 4 – Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Day 5 – Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey
Day 6 – Istanbul, Turkey
Day 7 – Mykonos, Greece
Day 8 – At Sea
Day 9 – Naples, Italy
Day 10 – Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Italy
Day 11 -Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy
Day 12 -Provence (Toulon), France
Day 13 -Barcelona, Spain
Days of Workshops and Classes and Exotic (European) Ports of Call
Nights of Dancing, Stars, and The Mediterranean …
And lets not forget the eating.
Features of the Ship
Norwegian Spirit is all about traveling in style. Cruise to the Grand Mediterranean in 2012. While at sea, check out the Tivoli Pool, four outdoor hot tubs, two Aquaswim water “treadmills” and, for the kids, Buccaneer’s Wet & Wild. And that’s just the beginning – you can also enjoy the 14 dining options, 10 bars and lounges, Maharajah’s Casino and the Roman Spa & Fitness Center.
We hope you can join us onboard. This one's a doozy of a trip!
Keep Dancing and Keep it Crazy.
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We all have to take dance classes, that's how we get started with just about every dance. In fact, just recently, I had to start yet again, as a beginner, in swing dancing. Yes, having mastered one dance certainly helped to learn another, but no, it was not easy, and no, it was not fun to start out again as a beginner.
There's a certain frustration that evolves when you want to be able to express yourself in a dance, envisioning yourself being able to do it, and then not being able to because you simply can't complete the moves, or keep the timing, or conquer the ebb and flow of the dance steps. So, as I struggled through learning the new dance, I went back to the basics, to focus on the three tips to dance class mastery.
Apart from the basics – smile, be happy, pay attention, etc … there are three things I'm doing that are going to make all the difference. You expect me to talk about dance videos, and yes, they are important, but they're really the means, rather than the end, much like finding a dance partner. The end is … practice and repetition! You want to improve, and be the star? Practice! Even 20 minutes, with a partner, and perhaps a dance video, and you will soar to the head of the class. I can't stress this enough. It's the bread of learning, and here comes the butter.
Which brings me to point #2. If you're goal is to social dance, then you have to practice social dancing! It's not enough to steal away with your dance partner, watch videos, and practice moves in a studio. You have to get out there and fumble around, and that is tough when you're a beginner. Comfort yourself in the knowledge that you will someday master the dance – and be the person people line up to dance with. You'll need that comfort in your mind, because right now, you likely suck.
So, as you practice with your dance videos, search out willing dance partners. and struggle to survive more than five minutes of social dancing, remember rule number three. Take it to heart, and go easy on yourself. Enjoy the process. Everyone goes through it. No one is born knowing all the moves. While it's true, some have natural skills, regardless of your innate skill, you will master the dance. But is that really the end goal? Is that the end game?
I look back on my learning process, before I became "SalsaCrazy", and before I took it all so "seriously", and I realize the learning process, and being a beginner, and working through the basics, were some of the best times I've ever had out dancing (and in life). They were exciting, they were crazy, and they're cherished. Tip #3 – stay positive, and enjoy the process – every second of it. Learn to dance, it will change your life.
VIS 2012 – The Vancouver International Salsa Festival
It's almost here, and SalsaCrazy is going to salsa dance! This festival has me pretty excited. After years of attending every salsa congress and salsa festival in the world it takes a lot to get me excited. There's only a few festivals around the world that I haven't been to, that are consistently talked about and rated highly by attendees … and Vancouver, now in it's fourth year, is one of them.
This looks to be a stellar event, with full passes having been sold out for months. Check out the Salsa Festival Website because yes, there's still ways to get passes (especially to the night time events). This festival has been getting rave reviews from everyone I talk to as the model for organization, class, and of course, fun! Their marketing materials are awesome, funny, and really get you pumped to attend.
And my standards are absurdly high. It's not enough to have a great lineup of dancers, endless dance floors, or great performances, or even great organization. I'm looking for beautiful and fun cities, amazing hotels, top notch music, and a focus and understand of social dance. That's what makes a festival for me. It's a mixture of everything combined … (plus a great bar).
So after 4 years, it looks like I'm actually going to be able to go to the Vancouver Salsa Festival. My tickets are booked, my hotel is reserved, and I'm ready to travel, explore, and have an amazing vacation (I am not teaching or performing). That being said, you're always welcome to buy me a drink.
Keep Dancing, and Keep it Crazy!
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