Professional dance instructor Marlon Silva teaches beginners and experts alike with his step-by-step detailed instruction. His technique breaks all Salsa moves and combos down into building blocks, which are then assembled into more complicated moves that can be adapted to any music or club atmosphere. Rather than teaching by counting steps, Marlon’s method has taught thousands of students around the country to dance in less time with greater ease.
LENGTH: 4 x 100 Minutes
FORMAT: Series, How-To, Dancing
INTERNATIONAL TRACK: No
CLOSED CAPTIONS: no
ASPECT RATIO: 4 x 3 Full Screen
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2003
RELEASE YEAR: 2010
SUPPLIER: Inecom Entertainment Company
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
RIGHTS TERRITORY: Worldwide
The series take you from beginner to expert in salsa dance with tricks and tips unavailable anywhere else. Marlon’s method first establishes a foundation of Salsa essentials, and then adds building blocks, one by one, to ensure comfort and confidence. Advanced steps are merely a combination of the basic building blocks.
The entire series is also available in Spanish.
Episode 1: Beginning Lessons
►Basic Steps – Marlon Silva and his partner, Susie Neff, teach the basic steps of salsa dancing in Marlon’s own style based on the back-and-forth or Cumbia step.
►Spinning – Learn how to spin with the right technique, including the three essential points of spinning.
►Couple Dancing – Marlon and Susie demonstrate dancing as a couple and the proper technique for hand position, resistance and distance.
►Leader Techniques – Marlon and Susie demonstrate techniques for dancing around your partner.
►Basic Combinations – Add spice to the combination by spinning around each other in opposite directions.
Episode 2: Advanced and Expert
►The Knee – Learn a flashy technique called The Knee. The leader crouches on one knee and leads the follower back and forth. Leaders jump back up, catch the follower’s hand and continue dancing.
►Dip Essentials – Learn dip essentials for salsa. A move where the leader wraps his arms around his partner’s back to give her confidence and balance. This is the safest way to dip without injury.
►Dip Variations – Learn some variations to spice up your dips, including Neck Combinations and Tango Dips.
►Square Dance – Learn the Square Dance, a technique used in competitions to measure the dance floor. If you lose the beat, the Square Dance is a good way to get it back.
►Leader’s Blender – Mix it up with The Blender technique, a complex spinning maneuver that requires total control in the spins of both followers and leaders. The resulting motion resembles a blender.
►Follower’s Blender – Now that the leaders have learned The Blender, the followers need to know their role. Both leaders and followers must exhibit total control in their spins.
►Reverse – Learn how to reverse any combination, including how to change hand positions that enable the leader to switch from a counterclockwise to a clockwise rotation. Several different combination reversals are illustrated.
►Corkscrew – Learn the fancy combination called the corkscrew. The basic corkscrew combination is to keep both hands together while moving in a downward position. This step can be combined with many other dance moves like the mambo, lambada and conga.
►Topspin – The Topspin is a combination that requires a strong leader and a follower who can spin with the right technique. Marlon offers a detailed look at the complex handwork! When executed correctly, the motion resembles the spinning of a top and requires tremendous control on the follower’s part.
►The Spool Up – A combination that requires a lot of control on the follower’s side, the Spool Up starts with the leader spinning the follower’s knee, moving up the body to the waist and hands, and then moving back down again. You can spice up the combination by adding The Blender combination or ending with a split.
Episode 3: Intermediate Lessons
►Stretching Techniques – Instructors Marlon Silva and Susie Neff will get you on the right track with stretching techniques for dancing. Prevent injury, increase flexibility, have fun and look great!
►Cape Combinations – Marlon and Susie demonstrate Cape Combinations for Marlon’s unique style Salsa. Movement in these combinations simulates the spinning of a cape around one partner’s back, and involves a salsa lock where partners stand abreast and lock arms behind each others” necks. The combination ends with a flashy 360-degree spin.
►Intermediate Multiple Spinning Combinations – Learn The Duck and The Tunnel with style and grace that will light up the dance floor. Do you think you can keep up?
►The Vine – The Vine is an intricate mixture of combinations from previous Let’s Dance Salsa lessons which involves twists, spins and rolls in Marlon’s style. End your combination with more spice by leading, spinning, and using hand techniques.
►The Whip – Marlon Silva and Susie Neff demonstrate a dramatic technique for switching directions on the dance floor.
►The Tunnel – The Tunnel involves spinning, locking your partner in front of you, and switching hands over each others” heads to form a tunnel. These moves can be accompanied by a variety of endings involving spins, drills, cape combinations and ducking combinations.
►Merengue Pretzel – This unique combination combines skills learned in the Merengue and Cape Combinations lessons. Marlon and Susie demonstrate the spins, handwork and footwork of the Merengue Pretzel.
►Merengue Combinations – Learn more combinations for Merengue dancing! Marlon and Susie demonstrate Merengue combinations with plenty of ducks and spins, illustrated in both the classical European position and trendy Jumping Merengue style. Also included is how to signal your partner and which hand positions will prevent injury.
Episode 4: Team Dancing
►Single Couple Switches – A fun and stylish technique that will allow you to switch partners with other couples on the dance floor. You will learn how to maintain the beat and to synchronize to your new partner’s step while exchanging partners on the dance floor.
►Trios – Learn this new trend in Salsa where one leader and two followers dance patterns, routines and complicated spinning combinations in the Salsatrio style.
►Switches in Trios – Learn how to switch your partner with multiple couples on the dance floor while still keeping the rhythm.
►Casino Rueda – Born in Cuba and made famous in Miami, this advanced dance style teaches how to salsa dance with other couples within circles. Learn how to dance the intricate flower combinations, turns, and partner switches that have made this dance so popular. Within an hour, you will be on your way to dancing this fast-paced, synchronized dance.
“Marlon Silva is one of my favorite Salsa dance video teachers. He has a wealth of knowledge and shows techniques that nobody else does.” – Neal Watson SalsaVideoReviews.com