so, I spent the March mostly training with Ricardo Murillo – one of the best salsa caleña teachers here in Cali. I learnt a bunch of new stuff, which I now have to practice. As you can see in the videos below, we did a lot of different stuff. As you can also in the video… gee, I’m struggling with a lot. I lost the balance, I forgot the steps, …. but hey… I still trust the process – especially with Ricardo.
Ricardo and I worked particularly on the FOLLOWING part – in Salsa Linea but especially in Salsa Caleña because I had problems.
I was so sick of checking my dance partners feet during social dancing and hoping that I know the step and be fast enough to dance it with him. It’s not fun. At all. But hey, let me tell you one thing:
YOU CAN LEAD SALSA CALEÑA
YOU CAN FOLLOW SALSA CALEÑA.
I seriously wish that the schools – also here in Cali – were teaching leading and following technique. It’s totally normal to teach that in L.A style or in Cuban Salsa, but somehow people think that Cali style is only about learning fast footwork and that’s it.
Let me tell you something: IT ISN’T
SALSA CALEÑA IS NOT ONLY ABOUT LEARNING FAST FOOTWORK
When I started learning Cali-style with my fabulous teacher Ronald Parra, we started from the basic step and worked ourselves through some Cali typical steps, patterns and turns. And this was the best that could have happened to me. After I’ve been learning for a couple of month here last year I went back to Berlin and… well, surprise, surprise: I was able to dance Cuban salsa without having one single cuban salsa class in my life. Interesting right? Well, we all know where the cradle of salsa is 🙂
Anyhow, what I wanna say is – especially when you start learning Cali style: It doesn’t make ANY sense (unless you wanna dance solo) to learn million steps of Cali footwork and not being able to lead a single turn or not being able to dance to the music.
As I am in the middle of this learning process it makes me more and more furious when people dance punta talon or latinos on music that is not made for these steps. But hey, this is maybe only my thing. I also get crazy when people dance with me Salsa Linea and they wanna dance one combination after the other, just because they learnt it in class and it worked there – well, but only there. Sadly most of the time I haven’t attended the class
I really wanna be a follower that can follow even the shittiest lead some day – I’m on my way but hey, I’m far away from being this kind of follower now.
Any, just my five cent on learning salsa calena. I’m very grateful that I learnt with Ronald and now also with Ricardo. Ricardo really showed me that it is possible to follow and lead Cali-style and once you have the connection, it is simply AWESOME.
TRAINING IMPRESSIONS WITH RICARDO MURILLO
So here are some video bits from our classes. And as you can see I’m learning. Not everything worked, I lost the steps, my arms were moving in a weird way, I lost my balance (mostly because now I am training on high heels only and it’s fucking different – especially in Salsa Calena) a couple of times, I stopped the process, I started the process AGAIN… But as I said in the beginning, this is the process and I am sure one day in the future in my life I will watch all these videos and will see the learning process. This is the goal.
So, here we go!
TRAINING INSIGHT SALSA LINEA
TRAINING INSIGHT SALSA CALEÑA