I started out 15 years ago, when there was no mention of LA Style or NY Style or whatever. Just salsa. My cousin told me a salsa class had just started, and they needed more guys. At that time, to me, all salsa music sounded the same and I wasnâ€™t into it, but the prospect of being needed by damsels in distress won me over. My first encounter was with Janet, who kindly told me that I was leading with my feet and that I should lead with my hands.Love at first sightâ€¦.NOT. Weâ€™re married now and my lead has become a bit better.
Anyway, I took classes from several teachers, all with different, nameless styles, until I got to Marlon Castillo, who introduced LA Style in Holland. It took some time to switch from the way Iâ€™d been dancing before. Iâ€™m a slow learner. But when it clicked, everything developed in a higher gear. I started teaching, which forced me to come up with my own moves and think harder about the way Iâ€™m dancing. Salsa festivals were starting to happen around Europe, giving me a chance to see guys like Leon Rose (my first guru), Supermario and Francisco Vasquez. Iâ€™m still humbled by people like this, even when Iâ€™m teaching at the same festivals.
Iâ€˜ve also done the salsa dvd thing, and I think salsa dvdâ€™s are excellent learning tools. Especially if they go deeper than â€˜the moveâ€™ and teach you the technique required to lead, follow and style. The salsa clips on this site are more for archival and inspirational purposes. If you can copy a move of it, thatâ€™s great, but a salsa dvd or teacher can teach you the technique. I will add some instructional clips in the near future, so youâ€™ll have an online salsa dvd, but instead of holding your breath, give salsa dvdâ€™s a try. Theyâ€™re the next best thing to a good teacher.