Cuban Salsa: Candado Complicado

This great move is attributed to Henry Herrera, “Salsa Racing DVD Vol 5 Henry Turns 1”, just like so many other moves we use today. Henry created or made more than 10 good Complicados popular. I use many of them

Video 1 is from Dobromir Montauk, Krakow, Poland, 2012. Miami style just like the original video below.

Same Video on YouTube

Candado Complicado (Salsa Racing)

Video 2 is the original move as shown on the “Salsa Racing DVD, Vol 5, Henry Turns 1”, Miami, USA, 2002. Note how dated the video is. They count in the most crazy way, 1-2-3-4-5-6 instead of 1-2-3-5-6-7, and their even more crazy and confusing Guapea starting with opposite stepping (popular in Cuba a generation ago), makes the video useless for most people today. Also note the extremely long steps, popular in Miami in those days and especially in Miami.

The fate of the many “Salsa Racing” DVDs is a little sad. They contain the origin of so many moves used outside of Cuba today, but “Salsa Racing” has mostly been forgotten because the moves were not converted to YouTube, move by move, and updated with sensible counting and a modern Guapea. The DVDs can be found uploaded by others and often in poor quality.

The Salsa Racing DVDs are in many ways some of the best educational dance DVDs made so far. First, we get clear instruction in Spanish, using proper Salsa dance terminology. Then it is repeated in English by the Follow, and we also see the move in slow motion.

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