Cuban Salsa: bad A Bayamo videos
Very often video variations of A Bayamo figures are really not variations, but flat wrong attempts to do one of the well-known moves. I strongly recommend that badly executed, misleading, badly named, confusing videos, are deleted, as soon as the responsible dancers realize that their video is not a service to the salsa community.
A Bayamo by “Salsa4Water”
“Salsa4Water” has made many good videos. In the following video they do A Bayamo twice. The two attempts are then repeated in slow motion. The first time the figure is done ok. The second time, it is a disaster.
The return trip merges two steps into one. The Dile Que Si type of right turn on 1-2-3 and leading the Follow behind the Lead on 5-6-7 is done simultaneously on 1-2-3. For 5-6-7 they just thread water. I don’t buy that it is on purpose, that they want to show us two versions of the same move.
In all the other videos, I have seen, with this couple, they always repeat the same move twice.
Same video at YouTube: A Bayamo . Ok the first time, wrong the second time.
A Bayamo by Dansstudio Cubadanza
A Bayamo is a unique move, characterized by its long walk around the Lead taking two eight-counts. In the following video the walk of two eight-counts is reduced to one, completely destroying the unique long walk feature of the move:
Same video at YouTube: A Bayamo reduced to a single eight-count mockery.
A Bayamo by SalsaCandelahu
Those people have made a lot of nice, soft-spoken videos. In this one almost any thing is wrong. Arms hanging down like dead limps, one handed, the characteristic walk of A Bayamo figures down the drain, replaced by nothing:
Same video at YouTube: A Bayamo . Complete disaster.
A Bayamo Complicado by HooLooVooPL
Nothing wrong with this video except that is is badly named. Why call A Bayamo por Abajo, the easiest of all figures in the A Bayamo family, for A Bayamo Complicado?
When a figure is called A Bayamo Complicado, we expect A Bayamo with some type of extension, with a Complicado added to it. We don’t expect another figure and on top of it, the most easy one:
Same video at YouTube: A Bayamo por Abajo mislabeled A Bayamo Complicado.
Matanzas y complicate by Ron Con Limon
This video is extremely bad for two reasons: 1) Why call the easiest of all A Bayamo moves, A Bayamo por Abajo for Matanzas y complicate? 2) In the moves the Lead ducks under the arm of the Follow on 1-2-3 instead of on 5-6-7. One can do that but it really looks awkward and the couple must thread water on 5-6-7.
Same video at YouTube: A Bayamo por Abajo mislabeled Matanzas complicate and badly excecuted going under the arm on 1-2-3 instead of on 5-6-7.