from Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND:
(the person who maintains the complete list of all salsa videos)
(Check out his page (with review of these videos) at http://www.salsavideoreviews.org)
"Your DVD's are the best produced Salsa instructional DVD's I have seen. Well done."
"The Salsaville.com dvd's are the best produced. Full menu/chapters."
I got the DVDs all in good condition. I must say watching them made me feel like I was falling in love with salsa all over again! Thanks a lot for making such valuable instruction available! The reason I think you are my number one salsero model has been re-affirmed by the DVDs.
SFTS was totally amazing. Even I had something to learn about from the very first DVD. You clarified quite a number of best-practices which make lots of sense and that I've never seen any instructor in Nairobi teaching. Kudos on this one. I've never seen salsa been taught in such a simple way - even from the viewpoint of a salsero.
HMSA was the peak in my opinion...especially vol 3 and 4. The moves are so interesting and fun. Plus you and Shallon did a great job at explaining all the moves that needed elaboration - even the ones I thought "OK, you can't possibly explain this in a simple way!" Some of my principles for an ideal salsa dance is that is should reflect musicality, be fun and look fun.
I saw lots of this in this and all other series. Some of the moves like move #31 in HMSA-3 really cracked me up...and the one of 'ditching' someone you would not like to dance with. Your gestures during the dances and some of the comments you made while teaching were humorous. That's a great plus. I still think you came out as the smoothest dancer I've seen...especially for the fast demos in HMSA-3 and 4.
SALC in my view has enough casino for learning cuban style and adding lots of flare even to other styles of dancing. Haven't watched all of it but all the demos I've seen are amazing. I must say, I've never seen anything like it before...it's almost like what happens the first time a salsa fan watches a clip from the Mayan competition or World salsa championships. You're left with amazement and a stronger liking for the Cuban style. I was really impressed with some of the casino rueda moves in volume 5 and various demos I watched that had a fusion of cuban son dancing and other cuban dances like one clip by Yoannis in SALC-4.
Now that I have all these resources, I think the universe is just ensuring I have no excuse not to be a great salsero. I dont see any other option apart from being exactly that - a great salsero. I could say that I'm learning from the best. Salsa became a hobby for me and somewhere along the way it graduated into a passion...and a really strong one! So far it has just kept getting better.
My mission statement for the last 2 years has been to promote salsa everywhere I go through videos (from youtube) and education (teaching). Yeah and making it a goal to dance salsa with everyone who wants to dance.
Regards and Kudos to you and Salsaville for being a great inspiration!
Gregory Fam from SINGAPORE:
"I received the DVDs today, and I must congratulate you. They have a very professional look about them, and the menu system for navigation is excellent.
Things that are great:
- The navigation system is easy to use, and you've included subheadings making it easy to have an idea what's where, rather than just a whole array of numbers to be picked at random. With the DVD I find myself repeating the trompo again and again!
- You added extras. So that not only do we get the entire video, we get a sampling of the songs that you use in the video as well, and a preview to boot! It's obvious that a lot more thought went into this than simply copying the video version onto a DVD-ROM, which in itself would have been worth the purchase anyway. Excellent!
- Very high resolution. Whereas most DVDs lose a little resolution depending on the size of the screen, I maximise my Hot Moves DVDs to fill up my 17" screen and it plays very clearly too.
- Region free. Needless to say, this is incredible. I don't have DVD Region Free installed, so having your DVD region-free meant that I could watch ad infinitum and not worry about having it cut off.
All in all, an incredible effort. The only thing I might add is that for future DVDs, you might like to add a little about yourself. I'm sure lots of people would like some background information on their instructors, and you might add some really interesting tidbits about your visits to Cuba and how you became as good as you are, etc."
Each video is reviewed separately on his web page at:
If this link isn't working, here is a copy locally:
I now have Vols. 1-4 of "Hot Moves for the Salsa Addict", "Cool Moves Revealed", and "Salsa a la Cubana Vols. 1-5" from yourself and cannot tell you how much I appreciate how wonderful they are. "Cool Moves Revealed" is a good video but the series "Hot Moves for the Salsa Addcit" is just great. The moves are very nice to do and to watch, the explanations are fantastic and easy to follow. The partners I have tried some of the moves on have all commented how good and unusual the moves are. I think the secret is to pick the moves you like to do and concentrate on each to perfect them one by one, there are so many I do not believe I will ever get round to perfecting them all, life will not be that long. The Cubana videos are also excellent, some of my dance friends are Latin and Caribbean and only dance "Cuban style" and I have just started some of Vol. 1 steps and it is a nice change to introduce this style into my dancing knowing that what I am doing is genuine, in time and with lots of practice I think this series will teach me everything I need to know about "Cuban style" moves and steps."
I would like to congratulate you on all your videos. The quality of the tapes are worth every penny. The moves are easy enough to follow because of your mathematical breakdown and the descriptions you have available on the web.
I'm truly thankful that you have made such valuable resources available."
recommend to every salsa lover to order these tapes, analyze and start
using them. It will bring some new elements in our North-American eloquent
Ken Taylor from Nagoya, JAPAN:
"First, I want to say "Thank you!" the DVD's are "Numero Uno!". I don't have a Japanese DVD player. I'm using them on my little Mac iBook that I bought in America. However, I also used one of my Japanese co-worker's Sony Vaio computer for viewing the Salsa DVD's. Worked great! Soo well done. For me, it's the best format. I notice I spend more time viewing the DVD format than my other VIDEO formats. Please let me know when you have converted your whole library to DVD. It's the way to learn Salsa. So convenient. I can take my little iBook to the park and dance with my girl friend under the Cherry Blossom trees while drinking Sake. And that's just #3 of 101 ways to use your Salsa Addict DVD:)"