Cuban Salsa: Siete Loco Complicado
Siete Loco Complicado is a real complicado, long and with several both good and difficult parts. There is a major problem though! The beginning, the first count of eight of the move, just like for Siete Loco and for Siete Alborotado, is not leadable in social dancing. The beginning of these move require that the Follow’s left hand is easy to grab above her right shoulder at beat “4-5”. This is almost never the case in social dancing, and it shouldn’t be. The move starts with Siete/Panqué and the Follow is likely to style her left hand in front of her or to place it over her heart.
Siete Loco Complicado could of cause work in Rueda de Casino because the Follow hears the call, and she can place her left hand accordingly, if she remembers. But we should never use moves in Rueda de Casino that could easily be mistaken for a social move. Any Lead having learned Siete Loca Complicado in Rueda will immediately take it to his social dance where it doesn’t work with a representative selection of the Follows present.
The conclusion is clear:
Siete Loco Complicado is an evil move causing trouble in social dancing because it is impossible to lead.
Even though it works in Rueda de Casino, it should never be used because the Leads will immediately take it to social dancing where it will fail with most Follows.
If we love Rueda de Casino, we must prevent it from undermining our ability to become good social dancers.
Siete Loco Complicado is a typical “Miami” style move attributed to Henry Herrera from “Salsa Racing” and also used by Rene Guits from the “Salsa Lovers” dance school around year 2000. There are literally hundreds of videos out there showing this completely bonkers move that deserves to be forgotten. Sadly to day: Many other Miami moves from this period have similar problems: They are not leadable.
Video Clip #1 is from “Salsa Lovers” DVD 03, Miami, USA, 2000, uploaded to YouTube much later. It only shows the not leadable beginning of Siete Loco and Siete Loco Complicado.
Video #2 from “MajroMiRueda”, Slovakia, 2011. Here we see the full Siete Loco Complicado, a very long move with sequences we also see in many other moves.