Cuban Salsa: A Bayamo con Tornado

This A Bayamo variation contains a basic figure called “Tornado” or El Túnel (tunnel). “Tornado” is the general term but when the figure is done using the Enchufla method as in this tutorial, it looks more like a tunnel. As I explain in my tutorial “Tornado Variations”, we can do Tornado turns using three different methods: Vacilala, Dile Que No and Enchufla.

Video 1 titled A Bayamo por el Hueco (through the hole) is a clip from an “old” Cuban Salsa DVD, Intermediate-Advanced, probably from 2012-14 (?), featuring two of my dance teachers in Copenhagen, Stine Ortvad and Yosvany Torres. It is a good DVD, but no instructions, no talking, learning by looking. It might still be available if you mail to info@elstudio.dk.

Video 2 features Yuleisy Rojas (another of my many dance teachers in Copenhagen) and Tanya Sauer Torrendrup from an impressive dance school, “Salsalatina.dk” in Roskilde, 30 km from Copenhagen. The video is probably from 2015 judged from the hairstyle of the Lead!

The students own and run the school and hire the teachers as needed. In Cuban Salsa they teach six levels! Have a look at their Syllabus with video links to most of the figures. All dance schools should provide that!

The two videos are interesting to compare. The endings are slightly different but the two moves contain exactly the same basic counts except that the last video is a full count of eight longer. Nothing but “slack”, room to wiggle, has been added. I call it LARGO or the Power of Nothing. The result is that the move becomes more relaxed, easier to lead and to enjoy in one-on-one social dancing.

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