How to Get Really Good in Salsa
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Friday, 21 November 2008
Azucena with Santo Rico dancers
Learning how to dance, at any level, is like learning how to speak a new language: it takes patience, lots of practice, great instructors, someone to practice with, and then more patience...

Every now and then an aspiring dancer asks me for advice on how to really get good in Salsa.

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Dancing in New York with Santo Rico, Sept-Dec 2007
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Sunday, 10 February 2008
Azucena with Carmen and Liz from Santo Rico
Left to right: Carmen, Azucena, Liz (Santo Rico)
After what was truly an unprecedented Salsa fund raiser on my behalf with close to 200 people coming together to wish me farewell, I found myself in a hostel in New York City on a cold morning on September 5th, 2007. I hadn’t planned to be here exactly but circumstances had brought me to the Jazz in the Park hostel by Central Park. With fear and excitement bundled up in one package, I was to show up to my first practice with Santo Rico Dance Company later in the week....
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It is Never too late to be what you might have been
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Wednesday, 25 July 2007

When we desire something in our lives and we hold a vision of the future we want to create, extraordinary things will come our way to help us achieve our goal 


As with every journey that we take in life, we never know for sure where we are headed. We may have an idea,  a strong desire to go somewhere, to achieve a particular goal, and yet life is so deliciously unpredictable that we may be surprised where we end up.
My journey hasn't been easy, but it has been full of incredible moments, amazing opportunities, and self-discovery. It all started when I began dancing salsa while working as a software engineer a few years back; 2003 to be exact... 

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Why dancers struggle with timing and musicality and what you can do about it
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Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Ever since we developed Salsa Grooves we have received many success stories from Salsa Grooves users from all over the World. Not only from instructors who want to effectively teach timing and rhythm, but also from students who use it to practice dancing on time as well as develop a clear understanding of salsa rhythms. 

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Fine-tune your ear and feel more connected to the music!
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Tuesday, 13 March 2007
When we are able to recognize the different rhythms played in a song, there is no need to count 1,2,3...5,6,7. Instead, we can relax and allow ourselves to be guided by the music. This greatly improves our timing, makes our dancing more fluid and spontaneous, and allows us to enjoy every song even more...
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From Engineer to Professional Salsa Dancer
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Thursday, 20 July 2006

Some of us would do the unthinkable to fulfill our dreams. Azucena Perez tells the editor of Austin's magazine "Ahora SÌ" how she did it in this interview...

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Review of the 2006 West Coast Salsa Congress
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Sunday, 25 June 2006
This year the West Coast Salsa Congress was full of talent, great live music, and camarederie. However, it would be the last time that Albert Torres builds Salsa Land outdoors...
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Social Dancing as Practice
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Thursday, 22 June 2006
Whether you are just learning a new dance or are an experienced dancer, you will find that social dancing is one of the best ways to refine and reinforce what you’ve learned in class. The reason for this is simple, muscle memory. We all know that habits take time to form. And this is no different in dance. No one is born with a perfect lead or great spinning ability, but it is true that practice makes perfect.
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My trip to Mambo City, New York City, February 2006.
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Monday, 13 March 2006

As some of you may know, at the beginning of this year I left my full-time engineering job to fully devote my energy and time to my dancing...

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Our experience at the World Salsa Championships, Las Vegas 2005
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Wednesday, 21 December 2005
Carlos and Azucena competing at the World Salsa Championships 2005
Las Vegas - Dec, 2005.
Got up at 5:30am, prepared luggage and took a cab to airport… it turns out that our plane was not allowed to take off due to a storm in Houston.
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Review of the Acapulco/Mexico Salsa Congress 2005
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Wednesday, 07 December 2005

Carlos and I were very proud to represent Austin in the Acapulco/Mexico salsa
congress this past weekend ( The congress
was, in my opinion, a huge success for both Victor and Gaby who, in association
with Albert Torres, worked really hard to organize the first International salsa
congress in Mexico.

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