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Instructional Salsa Videos & DVDs

I'm often asked which instructional salsa videos or salsa dvd's are any good. Below I've selected those that I have reviewed or am famliar with. While it's probably best to get in person instruction while learning, the nice thing about salsa videos or salsa dvd's is that you've got the "rewind" or "back" button when you don't get it the first time. Read each review and decide which is best for you.

Quick and Dirty Guide to Salsa, Part 1The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa - Part 1 - Beginner guide to Miami Style salsa shown with clarity and flare. Benefits from multiple camera angles and a fun instructor. Teaches 26 moves. Recommended.

The Quick & Dirty Guide to Salsa - Part 2 - Quick and Dirty Guide to Salsa, Part 2Intermediate level follow up to Part 1 that teaches 31 moves in the same fun, no-nonsense but very friendly style. Again, multiple camera angles help make the moves clear and Gigi is very entertaining. Great way to learn Miami style salsa. Many of these moves you'll be able to use in Casino Rueda should you ever dance it.

Learn to Dance Salsa Video Series, Vol 1Learn to Salsa Dance Video Series - Beginning, Vol 1 - The first disc in the beginning salsa series taught quite well by San Francisco based SalsaCrazy. Multiple camera angles and very competent instruction make this DVD an excellent beginner DVD. Highly recommended.

Learn to Dance Salsa Video Series, Vol 2Learn to Salsa Dance Video Series - Beginning, Vol 2 - The second volume in SalsaCrazy's beginning salsa series, this DVD comes very highly rated. Build on the skills you learned in Volume One and add to them the essential "cross-body lead", inside turn and more. This series is noted for its clear, systematic approach, high production values, and overall excellent quality.

Learn to Dance Salsa Video Series, Vol 2Learn to Salsa Dance Video Series - Beginning, Vol 3 - The third DVD in SalsaCrazy's beginning salsa series. Excellent tips for beginning leads and follows in the footwork of basic moves. The multiple camera angles really are great, here. Learn the cross-body lead with inside turn with many patterns, "The Cape", a few solo moves ("shines'), and others. Great attention to connection between lead and follow.

Learn to Dance Salsa Video Series, Vol 1Learn to Salsa Dance Video Series - Intermediate, Volume 1 - The first disc in SalsaCrazy's two disc intermediate salsa series moves on to more complex salsa patterns. Again, high production values and good teaching make this series a good buy, particularly if you have the beginning set.

Learn to Dance Salsa Video Series, Vol 1Learn to Salsa Dance Video Series - Intermediate, Volume 2 - The second volume in SalsaCrazy's two disc intermediate salsa series. More good attention paid to fundamentals of leader/follow connection. Learn moves like the popular "Pretzel", some cool variations on the cross-body lead, the "wrap-check", the "hammerlock roll-in", and lots more. Most of this built on moves you learned so far in the series, so things fall into place quite easily. Recommended.

Beginner New York Style SalsaNew York Salsa - Beginner Vol. 1 (VHS) or DVD - Juan Calderon and his partner Diana put together a great beginners salsa video. One of the few videos to take advantage of different camera views of the same move so the viewer can more easily identify with the lead and follow. Also uses slow motion for complex steps.

Intermediate New York Style SalsaNew York Salsa - Intermediate Vol. 1 (VHS) or DVD- More salsa moves from Juan Calderon and his partner Diana in the NY style. The slow-motion and multiple camera angles are even more important as the steps get more complex.