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Bachata Caribbean Style DVD Vol 3: The Exercises

by SalsaIsGood

After you have absorbed the material from vols 1 and 2 you will be ready for Volume 3 which contains a series of exercises where the basic elements of the previous DVDs are isolated and packaged for your solo Bachata practice.
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1. Basic elements - Feet
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2. Arms
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3. Hips
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4. Basics Steps
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5. Basics Steps with Crosses
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6. Basics Steps with Kicks
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7. Rhythm Exercises - Hesitation
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8. Slide
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9. Quick Touches
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10. Syncopated Kicks
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11. Syncopated on And 4
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12. Syncopated on And 3
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13. Syncopated on And 2
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14. Arm Coordination - Basic Steps + Arms
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15. Hesitation + Arms
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16. Crosses + Arms
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17. Upward Kicks + Arms
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18. Slide + Arms
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19. Syncopated on And 4 + Arms
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20. Syncopated on And 3 + Arms
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21. Syncopated on And 2 + Arms
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22. Quick Touches + Arms
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23. Syncopated Kicks + Arms
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24. Footwork - Exercise 1
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25. Exercise 2
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26. Exercise 3
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27. Exercise 4
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28. Exercise 5
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29. Exercise 6
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30. Exercise 7
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31. Exercise 8
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32. Exercise 9
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33. Exercise 10
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34. Exercise 11
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35. Exercise 12
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36. Exercise 13
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37. Exercise 14
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This DVD is organized very differently from most dance DVDs. So it is very important you spend a few minutes watching this session and you follow these instructions carefully to make the most of it..

This is not a DVD to ‘watch’; this is a DVD to exercise with; this DVD will guide you through a number of Bachata footwork exercises. Consider it your Bachata personal trainer.

The footwork in the exercises is taken from the Caribbean dancers we analyzed in the 2 previous DVDs of this series “The method” and “The demos”. We recommend you watch those 2 DVDs carefully in order to understand how the footwork exercises fit into the dance and into the Bachata method we teach. Once you are familiar with ‘The method’, then try the exercises.

Ok.. suppose you are ready to exercise. We will now guide you through one exercise so it will be clear how to use the DVD.

First, in the main Menu, you have the choice of four kinds of exercises. These are “basic elements”, “rhythmic exercises”, “arm coordination” and “footwork”.
Of course we recommend you start from the “basic elements”; but just for the sake of explanation, suppose you choose an exercise from the “footwork” set.
Highlight the “footwork” button on the DVD Menu with your remote control and press Enter
You will see a number of available exercises. Suppose you choose “Exercise 6”. Once again, highlight it with your remote control and press Enter;
Now you can choose which speed you want to exercise at. You have 3 choices “very slow”, which is useful to learn the sequence of steps “slow”, which you can use to start to practice the sequence, and “normal speed” to get the footwork fluid and smooth for the real dance. Once you made your choice of speed press Play.
You will now listen to a piece of Bachata music to which we superimposed a “Rhythm cue”; this plays the rhythm pattern of the actual steps in the sequence, as if the feet could make a sound. This is very useful to memorize the sequence.
Now the exercise will loop forever and you can practice following the steps at your leisure and for as long as you need! The footwork is interspersed with basic steps, to learn how to get in and out of the sequence. The counter helps you time the sequence correctly and the guide on the right tells you when the basic steps occur and when to get ready for the sequence.
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Finally…

Don’t cut corners! Start from the “basic elements”
The “arm coordination” set is crucial! to learn how to isolate the hand movements from the footwork.. We learnt how important this is in the ‘Method’ DVD. Practice those exercises carefully.. The footwork part is easy, but the coordination with the hands is not… it takes time and patience.. Don’t be lazy here!!
Then, and only then, go to the “footwork” exercises
This DVD is useful both for men and women since they both can improvise during the dance. Ladies, try the exercises as well.. just add more hip movement to make them more feminine; guys, don’t be tricked by the ‘Latin hips’ myth.. Wide hip movement is for women, not for men, unless you want to look feminine too..
The final piece of advice.. once you know all sequences, don’t try to join them into a longer sequence; remember, as we explained in the ‘method’, the aim is improvisation, these exercises are ideas to make your footwork richer, and more spontaneous rather than to learn a routine to remember and execute by memory.

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