Cuban Salsa: Setenta y Uno Complicado

There are many moves on YouTube called Setenta y Uno Complicado, if we also search for 71 Complicado and Setenta con Gancho Complicado, but with one exception, I don’t think, I have seen the same move twice. That is, Setenta y Uno Complicado is, at the moment, just a name for all sorts of moves, even for moves that do not start with Setenta y Uno, and even for moves without a Gancho!

A move called Setenta y Uno Complicado, should, in my common sense opinion, start with Setenta y Uno, and ideally the Gancho part should not just be replaceable with other openings but play an import role in the move. The short Setenta y Uno ends abruptly going into Dile Que No after the Gancho, and almost screams for some Complicado to be added before the Dile Que No.

Overlap: 71 and 75

Many moves called Setenta y Cinco (75) also starts with Setenta y Uno and some of these moves are sometimes called Setenta y Uno or even Setenta y Uno Complicado. It makes sense, but I prefer to keep all Setenta y Uno variations having a characteristic small walk around the Lead separate in a group of it’s own called Setenta y Cinco.

Setenta y Uno Complicado

The following move, I have found several times. It has the look and feel of a classical Complicado and because the Gancho actually plays an important role in the move, it deserves its name. The move comes with several endings also common in other moves. It it always nice to know many endings in order to use the one that is best in the situation.

Video 1 (first part of the video) is from “Ritmo de la Luna”, Hungary, 2014. They call it Setenta con Ganco Complicado, and this name is in many ways better and easier to remember than Setenty y Uno Complicado, but for consistency and because the Setenta y Uno part of the name is much more common, I recommend to call the move Setenta y Uno Complicado.

Same Video on YouTube

In the “Salsa Steps” App, also Hungarian by the way and excellent, they have exactly the same move with same name and ending.

Video 2 is from “Szabó László”, also from Hungary, 2017. They have named the move Setenta y cinco complicado but it is the same move as Video 1, and the better name is Setenta y Uno Complicado. The ending is a little different, the Lead gives the Follow a two handed Alarde

Same Video on YouTube

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