Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fun Salsa Documentary: Intro to the Dance

In early 2008, I was asked to film a short interview for a Salsa documentary being produced by an LA film producer named Kate Thomas. A fun view into the LA dance scene and how it's more than most people think.

It’s titled “A Gozar (To Enjoy): An Introduction to Salsa Dancing”

It’s impossible for me to be objective about the results since I have a few moments. During the filming we talked on camera for about 5 minutes and then I'm edited down to a few sound bits along the way. It’s a great thing to send to your friends who are thinking of learning salsa, but keep putting it off.


Let them know now is the time to get started, and anybody is welcomed, even if they think they aren't great dancers now. Nobody cares and they can have a great time even as they get started.

Point out to them that you can be older (or younger) than most, non Latino, and a complete novice dancer and still end up enjoying the scene, even while learning. I'm living proof.

Maybe this film will help them get off the couch and join you at the club for some fun.

Check out the documentary and let me know what you think.

Side note: When this was filmed, I primarily danced salsa and that was it. Since then I've grown quite a bit and explored many other styles/genres. Dance is so vast, find one you like to start with, explore others when it works for you.

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11 comments:

  1. I like it!

    And it's nice to see you :)

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  2. He, reminds me of an old chinese proverb:

    "the best time to learn salsa was twenty years ago. The second best time is now."

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  3. That is a GREAT quote! I'm going to steal it and use it in one of my posts.

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  4. Thank you so much Don for posting this, and for your support. While we were editing the film, you were a delight because you are such a good communicator.

    Thank you

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  5. Hi Don!

    This is a great documentary - I really enjoyed it and would love to put it on my website. is this a possibility?

    Let me know!

    Sharon
    Toronto Dance Salsa
    http://www.torontodancesalsa.ca

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  6. Sharon,

    If you click on the "Menu" word at the bottom of the video, it will show you the code for embedding the video in your site.

    You are free to post it, embed it and/or link to my blog, as you see fit.

    If I can assist, please let me know.

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  7. This was a great video. Thanks for posting.

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  8. This video was awwwweeesommmeeeee!

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  9. This video no longer seems to be working, know anywhere I could find a copy?

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    1. I found it on YouTube and reset the link. Thanks for the heads up!

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  10. Thanks for sharing! This is a great video. I especially like the part where you said that the best dance you had was with a woman who couldn't speak English because I happen to be learning salsa in S. Korea, and when I began my instructor didn't speak any English and I didn't speak any Korean. It never ceases to amaze me how much I was able to learn in spite of the language barrier. (I also was listening to your series on youtube on musicality which helped immensely, so thanks for that!)

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