Salsa 101

"Salsa is one of the most contagious dances and one you'll use forever!"

DVD Specs
Dance Instruction: 1st Time, Beginner
Lesson Style: Ballroom, Latin, Wedding
Dance Video Focus: Salsa
MSRP: $39.99
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Product Overview

Get ready for the time of your life with this impressive video!

Finally, you can stop feeling left out when you hear the infectiously exciting beat of Salsa music and join in on the fun. In just a matter of minutes with this DVD you'll find just how much fun you can have doing one of the sexiest dances in the world. It's easier than you think when the instruction's laid out the way it is in these lessons... Don't hesitate, get this top rated 'How to Salsa' DVD today!

  • Fast & Easy Salsa Dance Lessons
  • Perfect How to Salsa DVD for Beginners
  • Multiple Camera Angles
  • Exclusive Salsa Styling Tips
  • Great Salsa Music for Practicing
  • Tips for Staying on the Beat
  • Dance along w/ or w/o your partner
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Shawn's Take
Shawn's Exclusive!

Over the years, I've taken a lot of Salsa dance lessons and have had my share of frustrations (language barriers, poor instruction, lots of spins before basics, instructor variations, etc.). I've taken from Salsa instructors around the world as well as from many local instructors and through other Salsa videos as a way of auditing their classes while studying teaching methods. One thing's for sure, Salsa's a contagious dance that's just downright fun, but it's sure hard to find good instruction!

One thing's for sure, Salsa's a contagious dance that's just downright fun...

I'm one of those guys that just couldn't get his hips moving the right way. I later learned it was because I was trying to use my hips rather than my knees... why's this important? There are many Salsa instructors out there that say "if you're not dancing through your knees, you're not doing the Salsa." That's a load of crap! I danced it for years without using the "right" part of my body and I had a blast. Was it 'technically' correct? Apparently not. Did I have fun with it? Absolutely! Did any of the ladies ever complain while I was out dancing? No way. My take on Salsa is that some of the advanced styling pieces will come naturally to some folks and some won't, but the fundamentals behind the dance itself including the rhythm, basics, lead and following aspects, and turns will be the same regardless. The styling is a learned skill and doesn't happen overnight for everyone. Not knowing all the styling pieces doesn't stop you from dancing and having fun and I'm here to say they can be learned on your own time when you're ready.

That's why we focus on getting you dancing quickly in this how to Salsa DVD. Understanding the dance and having something to do while you learn the more advanced styling pieces allows you to not give up on yourself after the first time it doesn't work for you. You can be yourself and have fun with this great dance in just a matter of minutes regardless of your ethnicity. I love Salsa music (though I can't understand most of it) and really enjoy the culture. Salsa's fun, upbeat, catchy and everyone should know how to do it!
Shawn Trautman's Learn How to Dance Instruction

Product Details

Shine your shoes and put on a smile because you are going to be burning up the floor in a matter of minutes as Shawn and Joanna take you on a guided tour of one of the most popular Latin social dances. You will master rhythm and timing as your feet adjust to the latin beat. While you are moving, you will follow along as Shawn and Joanna help you build your dance frame and master moving with a partner as well as by yourself. Get ready to have a blast as you learn the best beginner Salsa moves and pick up tips and tricks for looking great on the dance floor.

This Salsa video is the perfect choice for dancing to the Latin-infused beats that are so popular as this DVD is easy-to-understand, step-by-step, and features the most popular version of Salsa dancing! This How to Salsa dance lesson video was designed for beginners, it starts with the basics, and is truly the best way to learn how to Salsa!

It all starts with you seeing & experiencing the dance to get a good feel for how it's danced. From there, the Salsa is broken down into simple, yet manageable lessons that make it easy to follow along with. You'll soon be Salsa dancing by working through several rhythm & timing drills to ensure you understand and feel it the way you should. Next, you'll get 'hands-on' as you work your way through the specific Salsa connection points & style tips that help make you look the part! It's easy to overlook a lot of the detail, so pay attention to the "little things" as you go (i.e., posture, hand positions, placement).

When you're ready, you'll learn & test your skills with several hot moves like cross-body leads, underarm turns, & reverses that you can use with anyone & take to the floor immediately. Plus, you'll have a full soundtrack of great Salsa music playing through the entire lesson that doubles as a practice tool each time you use the DVD afterwards - just turn it on and practice your Salsa dancing until you're ready to go out. Step by Step salsa dancing lessons on Video DVD brought to you by the #1 Rated Shawn Trautman Instruction.

Customer Reviews
Average Rating
4.8(based on 4 reviews)

By: Teresa E
DVD: Salsa 101
On: August 29, 2012
easy to follow instructions

"Waiting for Volume 2! I loved the easy to follow instructions, that several steps were taught, and the moves were easy to perform on a crowded dance floor and still looked good."

By: Rigoberto C
DVD: Salsa 101
On: June 18, 2012
excellent for beginners

"Being possibly the only Cuban guy in the world who can't dance Salsa, I found this video to be excellent for beginners. The moves are taught very slowly to start off with and then repeated over and over again to give you a chance to learn them as you participate along with the video. Although I was already taking introductory Salsa lessons prior to purchasing the video, I found the video to be a great supplement because, let's face it, once you leave the dance studio and go back to your regular life you pretty much forget everything you learned."

By: John C
DVD: Salsa 101
On: April 5, 2012
they understand how to teach

"I really enjoyed this DVD by Shawn and Joanna. I was new to Salsa and the steps are demonstrated slowly. Then the man's steps and the woman's steps are broken down and explained. I really appreciated the fact that they tried to demonstrate the various steps slowly. One aspect that is often lost in dance DVDs is that moves are explained too quickly. Unfortunately if one cannot do something slow, one cannot do it fast. In tennis, if one cannot hit forehands slow consistently, one will not be able to hit the ball fast consistently. The Salsa DVD explains dance moves in the slower fashion. Only later are the dances done in real time to illustrate what they would look like on the dance floor. I have enjoyed a number of their DVDs because I believe they understand how to teach. Thanks."

By: PK
DVD: Salsa 101
On: July 22, 2012
Very well made with easy to follow instructions

"After taking a Salsa class recently, I felt the class did not cover enough moves for me to show at the dance floor. So I decided to get this DVD and I am glad I did. It had enough moves for me to show on the dance floor and they were very well explained and demonstated. Being able to quickly rewind and watch the moves over was a plus."

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