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. The videos of Herrera’s move found on YouTube nowadays, are not that good, and the original “Salsa Racing” video have never been uploaded except by copyright violators, typically the full DVD an hour long.

Fortunately, Adonis Santiago, from the “DanceLiker School” in Moscow, has made an excellent video with his personal interpretation of Candado Complicado. It differs from the Herrera move and is in my judgement better. Below, I show both the new version and the original.

Candado Complicado (DanceLiker)

Video 1 is from “Danceliker”, Moscow, Russia, 2016. Adonis Santiago has improved the original move. He has prolonged it just a little in order to make it more relaxed and easy going.

Same Video on YouTube

Adonis Santiago and Svetlana Ovchinina are so relaxed, almost meditative, no big movements to be seen by others, just the most joyful music driven dancing. They get so exited by their own dancing that the video just continues and continues, more, more, more.

Candado Complicado (Salsa Racing)

Video 2 is an educational quote from “Salsa Racing DVD Vol 5 Henry Turns 1”. From the beginning of the century. 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 many places in those days but today a no go.

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 and updated with sensible counting and a modern Guapea.

The Salsa Racing DVDs are in many ways some of the best educational dance DVDd 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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