I have seen Victor Color out and about around the salsa scene (See video – Creative Fusion ) but I’ve never taken a salsa lesson with him.
I went with my friend Emily to the Sweat Shop located 510 N. Kings Hwy., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Its practically down the street from my house.
I came in with no expectations and came out with some good pointers and high praises for Victor. It was about an hour long class and there were 3 of us and Victor — me, Emily and Dian-a. We didn’t really do any complicated patterns, but we went over some very small but important things that makes for a better dancer.
The one thing that we really worked on was to give the girl a clear direction of where you want her to go. For example a cross body lead.. You do not just open up and let her decide where she will go, but you give her a clear lead by using your right arm and send her through. Victor used the word “push”, but I think it might be easier to think about using tension in your arm to guide the girl in the direction you want her to go.. With “push” I think you think more of pushing someone over forcefully. Also with the word “push” I think you also tend to think “shove” which is not what you want.
The lead should be forceful, yet gentle, if that makes any sense. You should use force, but not be rough. The rest of the time after you are finished the lead, you are mostly relaxed.
Overall, I enjoyed the class. I really didn’t come in with expectations. I really didn’t know what I wanted. But by the end of class, I knew that it wasn’t really the patterns that I wanted; I really wanted to learn the technical part of the dance that allows you how to lead better. And that’s exactly what I got !
Most of the instructors that you go to don’t nit-pick on the important technical part of the dance. Victor actually provides the unique instruction that you need. So while you may enjoy the patterns of the other instructors, its definitely worthwhile to supplement your training with Victor’s class !
More info to come on the main part of my website watch for it on my Salsa Dance Lesson page.