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02/01/03
Thank you for keeping the salsa/mambo community informed. I will spread the word in the Kansas City Area.
Gracias,
Josue and Katia
www.kcsalsa.com
" The Voice of Salsa in Kansas City"


01/09/03
It seems as though Mr. Altman Is scared of faceing Henry Herrera in a dance contest. He is afraid it might discredit his so called authority on the salsa world. I was dedicated every friday to dancing at Starfish night club where I also taught rueda at, And in many instances seen Henry Herrera dancing there. There is no doubt in my mind that Henry by far is the best salsa dancer in miami. So to have actually limit Henry from anything less than a shot for a world salsa title is injustice. I propose a chance to for altman to credit himself in a contest against Henry Herrera.
Rey


12/22/02
i am no expert or teacher,just one of those "no matter how much i know,i can always learn more"types who also has a passion for salsa.salomon and sandra are 1)very good dancers and 2)very nice people.however,i was shocked when i read jacira's editorial(-horror story?) re the wsf...is this kind of stuff due to lack of venues? greed? egoes?...what can the concerned "salsa citizen" do to keep this kind of nonsense from happening and keep our salsa community healthy and growing?

Francisco Sánchez


12/11/02
Dear Jacira:

I have read Angel Ortiz' "brief review" of the World Salsa Federation event held in November. It appears that he made that review through rose-colored glasses. I will call his review the "Alice in Wonderland review" because he is truly dreaming. I was present on Friday, Nov. 1st at Goldcoast. Without going into detail, I would like to just say the following: My personal opinion is that for an event to be successful there has to be other ingredients other than a "C" for effort.

A competent organizer of any event needs to have integrity, credibility, decency and ethics. No BS, period. If you have even a few of the many necessary basic human elements, chances are you won't piss off so many people all at once.

All I can say is that a person who has $ $ signs for eyes, lacks humility, compassion and scruples, deceives and shows disrespect and disregard for people, builds a bad reputation for his or herself. A good reputation is an important asset. With a bad reputation, failure is imminent.

P.S. I want to take this opportunity to wish all of the hard working dancers out there Christmas blessings and the best of luck in your performances and competitions. Viva la Salsa.
Mary Rodriguez

11/15/02
Dear Jacira:

Bravo to you!!! for your article!!! It's about time someone refrains this jerk. I am one of the mothers that was present at the Friday night November 1st "so called competition" at Goldcoast. My daughter danced in the opening number. Please contact me if you need details.

Mary Rodriguez

11/15/02
I don't know Mr. Aultman or his associates (judges, sponsors etc...) but I do know Henry, In my opinion not many people can dance next to him and Ive never met anyone who has reached his level or surpass it. I think a competitions goal is to determine the best dancer, am I right or wrong? Now that we know who this is all about why aren't competitions held with our standards and judges we can count on. The WSF is going to of course support its style or else they are acknowledging their inferiority, Instead of putting up with this lets have our own events ( done the right way.) Those are my thoughts, in any case good luck Jacira and Julian.


11/15/02
My name is Jose and I would like to state that Mr. Aultmans response is absurd. First of all it sounds to me like he believes he is a lawyer. The Sherman Antitrust act was implemented to topple the monopolies and keep them at bay.. How is he going to go as far as bring that into an E-mail
"que bobo"


11/14/02
I read the weak rebuttal by "you know who" and I think it buried his body just a bit deeper. Should I ever encounter a crowd of salsa enthusiasts who are interested in competing in and/or in observing a dance competition hosted by "The White Eddie Murphy", I'll recommend Altman for the job. He's eminently qualified and would obviously be willing to work for up to $10,000.00.

Jack


11/13/02
Subject: Thank You from Salsa Racing!

Jacira we would like to thank you for the great job that you are doing. You are the only person who is letting the world know what is happening in the Salsa Community here in Miami. We want to keep dancing and competing, and we want to make sure that we are in good hands when it comes to the judges, who should know at least something about salsa without making mistakes and fraud. Keep up the good work and we hope that all the "SALSEROS" get together on this one, because we should not let things like that happen. QUE VIVA LA SALSA!

Thank You,

Henry Herrera and Zumel Michel
from Salsa Racing Dance Studios.

Note from the Editor: Read Henry Herrera's Statement as to why they did not compete HERE.

11/13/02
Keep up the good fight! :)

Benjamin


11/13/02
Dear Jacira...
I will send your article to everyone I know. Isaac really has no idea what a WSF should be and knew he would eventually run his business into the ground. And I even warned him a couple of years ago that he can't make WSF about himself which he has. So sad. So this is just a note to say that I support you and should you need anything please feel free to ask.
Sincerely, Jami Josephson


11/13/02
I'm happy to read everything negative about that jerk. I went to Goldcoast on Friday, Nov. 1 and just couldn't believe what an a**hole he is. He never shut up once he had the mike. We went to dance and see competitions but instead most of the night we were forced to sit and listen to his mouth. I think he thinks he's funny and a comedian (maybe he thinks he's another Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield) but I've never been more irritated by anyone before. Everything that came out of his mouth was offensive and embarrassing to the couples competing and he's also a racist. How did this joker get to pull off such an event? That night was awful, the DJ he hired was the worst, the shines were a joke and when I went home I was afraid that I was going to have a nightmare about him that night. Seriously, that's how much he offended me. When he wouldn't get off the mike I actually shouted out to the audience of couple of times for him to get off the mike already and I'm pretty sure he heard. He's the most self-absorbed man I've ever heard. I complained to the owner of Goldcoast and he apologized and said that everyone was complaining about him. That was my experience of him!

Linda

Editor's note: Actually, it appears he thinks he's Richard Prior or Eddie Murphy. See his last response to us HERE

11/13/02
Sorry to write, but I have to agree with you on this one. Great Job.

Erik
Mantequilla
(Director, Salsa Fever Dance Studios)


11/12/02
I enjoyed reading you article on the WSF. I was there and agree w/ almost everything you wrote. Thanks for getting the word out. You are a true spokesperson for the salsa community and we all appreciate it. Keep up the great work.

Thanks,
Mike Barbieri
Salsa Heat - Orlando


11/12/02
Hello,
I was part of the unheard "Team USA." I have never been so humiliated in my entire life. This was a set up and we were definately unprepared for a competion against an opponent who had been rehearsing for months compared to our 20 minutes in the parking lot. I have definately learned my lesson to never deal with this guy. great article.
George


11/11/02
I was present at the Paladium for two Saturday evenings during which salsa competitions occurred. Never having seen the Altmans anywhere before, I did wonder who they were and I also wondered about the status of this organization called the "World Salsa Federation".

When Mr. Altman conducted the competitions on each of the two nights in question, he did use foul language in both English and in Spanish and he made several sexual references. As a former New Yorker who is very infrequently shocked by such things, I do remember thinking that this man sees himself more as an entertainer rather than as a promoter of salsa competitions. As a former English teacher, I always told my students that the first thing to know prior to writing is to know one's audience. The same is obviously true for salsa promoters. As a supposed professional dancer and promoter, Mr. Altman should have known that many of those who attend a dance competition are there solely for that purpose and may be offended by his attempts to turn the event into an opportunity to do a stand up comedy routine of questionable taste.

At the very least, he is guilty of very poor judgment. However, more than likely, he is exactly who you and the majority of your "salsa friends" have identified him as being.

Sincerely,

Jack Valerio

11/09/02
I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I AM A LITTLE SHOCKED OF THIS WHOLE SITUATION THAT TOOK PLACE. I HAPPEN TO BE SELECTED BY MR. ALTMAN TWICE AT THE PALLADIUM AS A JUDGE FOR THE WEEKLY CONTESTS THAT WERE HELD FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. I WAS SOMEWHAT DISTURBED BY THE WAY HE TOLD US WE HAD TO JUDGE BUT OF COURSE I JUDGED MY OWN WAY. I ALSO FELT THAT IT WAS NOT RIGHT THAT HIS WIFE WAS A JUDGE EVERY WEEK. HE DID INDEED CURSE A LITTLE TOO MUCH AND TALKED A LOT OF GARBAGE TO IMPRESS THE CROWD HOWEVER SOME FOUND IT DISTURBING TO THE POINT THAT THEY WOULD YELL "LETS GET ON WITH THE CONTEST" I FEEL BAD FOR THE WINNERS THAT THOUGHT THEY WERE GETTING $10.000.00.

AS WE ARE A BIG GROUP THAT GOES OUT DANCING ALOT, PLEASE LET US KNOW IF MR. ALTMAN HAD A RESPONSE TO HIS FRAUDULENT ACTIONS.

Note from the editor: Yes, he responded, and you can read it HERE

11/09/02
I am sorry to say that my boyfriend and I did NOT attend as I feel like the event was NOT worth the cost.
It is a real shame that Mr. Altman is giving Salsa in South Florida such a bad reputation!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What happened to the pure love of the dance? I had no idea that he housed out of town guests in a bad area of Pompano.......That is a shame.
I think he should go back to his little corner of Miami and LEAVE EVERYONE ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is too bad that reputable businesses like GOldCOast Ballroom and Paladium got involved with him.
The whole thing makes me sick.

Karie


11/09/02
Hi Jacira,

Many thanks for the congrats re-Salsa Maf. Yes, I've been following your war against tackiness with much interest. You go girl! In the spirit of geek-baiting surrounding the whole Altman/WSF conflagration, I feel that it is now time to release the transcripts of the case I filed against my first salsa teacher Rodo, and his lanky protégé Sedsy. IN DA DOCK it's called, and the whole sorry affair can be viewed on Salsa Mafia. Altman should read this perhaps to give him an insight into what a canny prosecutor can do with an individual who lives by the law of kitsch.
Now I better go and do some work...those legal fees are piling up...
Later,
Steve


 11/08/02
It's about time somebody expose this idiot to the rest of the Salsa world.
When I heard about it last year, I told Rose of ToSalsa.com that this is another one of those 'Ballroom' people sticking their nose where they don't belong. Don't get me wrong, these studio should stick to what they do best, teach foxtrot, tango, waltz, etc...but please for frig sake leave Salsa (and even street cha cha) alone.

When i heard that this idiot wanted a 'syllabus', I quickly scoffed at the idea, Bronze, Silver, Gold, pullllllease! That's what Salsa is so well loved because it's more of an art and you can create your own moves and patterns unlike the very stiff structured ballroom syllabus.

Anyhow, I couldn't write it up on my newslist as i have nothing to go on by, but now that this happened....what a relief.

Even here, Ballroom studio are trying to put their business where it shouldn't be, these teachers will teach Salsa in a 'ballroom' stiff way because it's growing activity, which may be fine as everybody is free to do whatever, to me, what i look for in a teacher is a person who is involved in the salsa community, who regularly tries to go outside the city to update his skills, who occasionally goes to the Salsa clubs. Ballroom studios capitalizes on this growing dance, and they tell their students that they are experts at it, yet, we never see this teachers go to the clubs at least once a month. so yes....buyer beware.

Look for a teacher that is involved and at least dances every few weeks at a local Salsa clubs.

Salsa Fanatics
Promoting Salsa in Ottawa
www.salsafanatics.com


11/08/02
We have seen several videos of Laura and Isaac dancing.
Their standard & technique is terrible.
We will not review their videos for this reason.
I do not think they even know what Salsa is.
They certainly do not dance Salsa but a bad ballroom Mambo.
I am frankly tired of failed ballroom dancers saying they are teaching Salsa when they have no idea of what Salsa dance is or how to dance it.

I would like to thank Jacira for the article. It covers the same points about the WSF that I have been hearing for the last couple of years.

Neal

http://salsavideoreviews.org
We have a web site but we are dancers not webmasters.
So please forgive our many mistakes.


11/07/02
Great Article Jacira! May I post the link to your article from my site?
- Edie, The Salsa FREAK

    *BY ALL MEANS! Everyone can post links to this article, be my guest! --Jacira


11/07/02
Go Jacira!!
Jon


11/07/02
FYI:
Laura and Isaac won a mambo competition at the Grand National Ballroom Competition in Miami a few years back I believe, which is where they apparently claim their "title" from as far as I can tell. That particular ballroom competition was not even a major competition in the world of ballroom. (I also do ballroom.)

Also, I am sure you have heard by now, that Laura and Isaac lost the $1000 first prize at the salsa contest a couple years ago (that Jamie and Miriam organized). They lost to a young, energetic, refreshing and creative couple from New York, I think (I was there and saw the contest). Basically, Laura and Isaac danced "ballroom" style, and unfortunately for the Altmans, this was not a ballroom competition. In fact, I was surprised to see them in the contest at all. Anyway, to make a long story short, I believe there was a big deal made out of this.....meaning the judging, etc...and it seems like from that point on I started seeing the self-proclamations, promotions, wsf. Anyway, check with Miriam or Jamie for all the facts......they are forwarding your comments out to their own email list.

Mimi

11/07/02
I must agree with you in regard to the so called WSF, as I would say he has big you know what. I first thought he was the most arrogant obnoxious person I have ever met. My boyfriend teaches mambo he kept sending him free workshop tickets so called worth $25 a piece. He offered him 25, of course I told my boyfriend he's a scammer he just tries to lure people who are unaware that this crook made up his own fantasy WSF rules and reg. When I seen him at Palladium for the big 10,000 rigged contest whatever? He was making these vulgar comments about women that I was about to curse him out myself. He feels as if he's the king of Salsa.(In his dreams) I found what you had to say has so much truth to it. Who is the Guy? I will definitely spread the word he's not good news people beware. He needs to be banned from Salsa for thinking he can run his mouth in the matter he does. Where is his professionalism for the WSF. (Yeah Right!!!) I can't imagine how much money he was able to lure from innocent victims thinking this federation is recognized. Thank you for your information I will defiantly spread the word. Keep up your good work.

Sincerely,
Gina


11/06/02
I am one of the Salsa Rica members from Canada and I would like to say that everything in mentioned in the article is true.

The judging was also interesting in that Isaac claimed that the "Salsa Classic" competition had 'rules' such as dancing on ONE. I am not a professional nor am I a judge but I personally watched every single competitor to see if they stayed on the one (it is something that almost every dancer in our group has been focusing on) and other than the couple from Monterrey and David and Kelly, NONE of the competitors stayed on ONE. The second place couple danced on ONE, THREE, FOUR and FIVE all in the same choreography! How could the judges not notice this?!?!?!

Also, there were significant Mayan clones... One couple used the same theme, parts of the same music and the same moves from the 'old man' routine by Rudy Zalez. The Male dancer in the Argentinian couple smacked of Johnny Vazquez and even used the same music and entry into the move where the man plays the girls posterior like a drum (this was just one of many reproduced sequences).

The Mayan competition, as I am lead to believe, is HUGE in the salsa community and any serious salsa dancer should at least be familiar with the routines posted on the Internet from this competition. How can someone place well in a "World Class Competition" when they simply re-hash someone elses work? I understand that most moves are redone and re-used by hundreds of dancers, but the same sequence of moves, to the same music, with similar costumes?... I think such a choreography is no longer the expression of one's own skill and creativity as a dancer which is why this competition was even more disappointing for me.

Just some extra thoughts,
Dissapointed Salsero

11/06/02
Strange Bedfellows
Jacira....you and I have had our differences for years...no question there..but you will be pleasantly surprised that this is one of the few areas that we have agreement with...we were not happy how the WSF handled its competitions, emceeing or the junior comps at IHSC....after the smoke cleared we distanced ourselves from any involvement with the WSF....we will be administering our own comps next year, and Maria Torres and Angel Figueroa will be in charge of making sure everything runs on time and is Kosher... regards.
Randy Atlas co-chair IHSC*
*International Hustle & Salsa Competition


11/06/02
FYI...Isaac and Laura Altman did not make the 1st cut at the 2001 IDO World Mambo Championships. Also, they refused to defend their 2000 title at the 2001 IDO World Salsa Championships due to a 9-11 protest, stating in a public email that they felt the event should have been cancelled, even after the President of the USA encouraged everyone to resume their lives and go about their normal affairs. Where were they in 2002? Why didn't they compete? What are they afraid of? Isaac seems very self-righteous, egotisical, pompous and indignant to me...does the term LOSER come into play here? It's like crowning yourself "King for a Day" -- no-one attends your coronation except your own ego!


11/06/02
Hi there!

This is Heidi from Calgary Salsa  and I just wanted to say THANK YOU for your article on WSF!
I linked it on my main page - please visit!

Cheers!

Heidi


11/06/02
Well, I just read the wonderful article that talks about the last 2002 WSF. I agree with all your words in that article. The article should be in the Newspaper and should be printed and posted in all Salsa Night clubs.

I was one that I had a bad taste of those: Mr. and Mrs. Altman, and everybody knows. During the salsa contests at Palladium night club I could see huge errors in the results.You can ask to people what happened there and they will tell you.The thing that I did not like was that there was a couple from Colombia, I dont have anything against them because they are great people but the judge Mrs. Altman was giving all the second places to them just because they were from Colombia, so does she, and there were another dancers that they did much better than them and even These dancers in the last contest they were tie with the 2nd place once again, and everybody could see that all their routines were dirty but guess what? Who was in the judge? Laura, so don't worry because it was for sure that she was going to do something for them....
Sincerly...a Cuban Salsero. (Hurt because of this s...)


11/06/02
Subject: Re: IDO on the Message board of SalseroCorner

Dear Jacira,
They are not members. We only have National associations as members. They are registered as competitors and that is a registration for life that all competitors must do to enable them to compete.
We have dropped him as the contact person for Columbia.
Best regards
N-H

(Nils-Håkan Carlzon is the President of the IDO, International Dance Organization)

11/06/02

Truth in Salsa - It's about TIME!

It is about time that someone exposed this fraud for what he is. My hat is off to you for your willingness to share the views of your readers and to take a stand in the name of Latin music and dance. He seems to be an autocrat...what has he done? What competitions (other than his own) has he won? Who trained him? What are his credentials (other than his own)? I know he won the 2000 IDO Championship (competing in a very small field...if my memory serves me correctly there was a very, very limited number of competitors), but in my opinion, anyone who doesn't defend his title, even if he honestly loses, is a coward and a fake. He never even defended his title! This does not make him a salsa authority, nor does it make him the end-all, know-it-all authority on the subject. His foul mouth, narcissistic attitude and his arrogance is nauseating. I HAVE NOT heard one good word about him yet. Keep up the good work...accurate reporting is crucial for those of us who care about truth!

(Anon.)


11/05/02

Hola Jacira,

Your article on the WSF has gained support on some of the message boards, salserosweb and salserocorner in particular. Sounds like this needed saying, well done.

Mick


11/05/02

Hello,

My name is Diane Hernández and I was at this event. The hotel was terrible. I had to cancel my reservation and book at another hotel further from this event. Some dancers of Canada approached me at this Days Inn and they were scared. This man Isaac was so rude and used so many terrible racist words. I just didn't believe what I was hearing. It was so low and degrading. His wife Laura was so cold and rude. A young girl from her group of dancers got hurt dancing and was crying. I approached Laura and told her "very cold said "- I know -- and didn't even take the poor girl out of the show. This young girl was maybe 13 years old. If I was the mother I will make sure Laura learns a lesson of compassion. This event was a scam and nobody should go next year. This Isaac brags about being the best salsa dancer in the World. He must be crazy.

11/05/02

Jacira,

I can talk in the gutter with the best of them but there is a context to everything. It's one thing if I'm playing cards with my buddies and we're having a few beers, but that is in private. In public, if you are Eddie Murphy, Steve Harvey, or George Carlin and your gig is gangsta comedy con maldiciones, that's cool too---it is what (most of) the audience expects. But it's entirely another if you're answering softball questions in the Miss America contest or trying to present a charming, inclusive and warm image (apparently Isaac Altman needs an image consultant, for more than just his platinum wig).

From your description, if true, Isaac thinks himself to be wearing Joseph's Technicolor Coat. Well honey, he may be even a bigger dreamer than Joseph, but instead his threads are those of the Emperor's New Clothes, child!

I have never seen Isaac Altman except in his rinky dink website, I'd never heard about him until about a year ago when I began receiving spam from him about twice a week announcing the same event that was the biggest thing next to the Second Coming of Jesus, and I've never attended any event of his. But reputation speaks volumes. Is it true that only the disgruntled have something to say? If so, my bad. But even people with so many enemies (including big names on the West and East Coasts) have their defenders....where are Isaac's? I want to hear from them. I want to know who they are, either with their real names or their pseudonyms. I'm talking about people besides those he hires as judges. If no one else will speak up, okay, then, I guess judges will do. I'd prefer if we also heard something from Isaac himself.

From what it seems, he's learned how to do "el dedazo" ----(to designate a worthy successor, as long as you are of "my" party) along with the best of the old dinosaurio PRI'istas in Mexico or certain royalty around the world--- to any of those that will carry the torch of the WSF. In other words, "I will proclaim you champion, and oh lookee here, it just so happens that you are a member of the WSF. My my, what a coincidence! Well, that just shows that you know what you are doing in joining us, and it just shows that I know talent when I see it. Ergo, we is legit. (with apologies to Descartes: "I select. Therefore, I am (and we is)."). ---- "I crown you champion so that people can see that we are the best (???)" A circular argument if there ever was one. Has the word "recuse" ever been found on Mr. Altman's lips? Most likely, he'd have to look it up in the dictionary, given all the typos in his salserocorner postings, as well as those on his website. As if greed, flamboyance, tackiness and tawdriness weren't enough, now add nepotism (the WSF "family") to the list.

I would think that he'd be quick to post the results of his weekend north of Ft. Lauderdale in beautiful Pompano trucker alley, but nothing doing---it was last updated Oct. 20th. What's the delay? Any organization worth its salt would be congratulating the winners and thanking the participants, especially with all the publicity that shellacked everyone beforehand. Why is there nothing on the Yahoo Salsa Corner message board he acquired over the summer? It was last updated October 29th. Is it because he realizes no one reads it anyway? ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SalsaCorner/) Why have none of the participants chimed in to say "Hey Isaac, great event dude!" or "Wow, I'm awed! I can't wait until next year!" Is it because no one went? Or no one has anything good to say? This is a big red flag. Why does he himself not do anything on his boards since the event? Or does he not have time due to his day job (oops! this is his day job).

It seems as if each planned event, if it ever takes place, is a disaster and full of disappointment on behalf of all participants except Mr. & Mrs. WSF, who continue to trumpet the once-in-a-lifetime mega super duper smash-ass colossal event of the year. I heard about the fiasco in Houston. Notice how quietly the end-of-year event in Washington DC got axed? Who are they kidding? If they keep this up, pretty soon word will get around and they'll have to go to hold their events in Ouagadougou or Tibet to see if anyone still buys their gig.

Even if I were a ballroomer, I'd be embarrassed out of my skull to be associated with such an organization that already has a hideous reputation. I'm glad somone is finally sounding the trumpet before others get suckered in. It is a waste to drive down the block to attend this chusmeria, and I feel even worse for those who come from Europe and Japan to get conned big-time. People need to discover that the Altman's are running a scam -- and it isn't even a major one, but a pint-size one that likes to scream loudly and obnoxiously. If they doubt or still want to go ahead and win that $10,000 prize (oh yeah?), at least they've been warned.

I think it is key that you attended this event, for otherwise it would be only hearsay. But you were there, and were personally affected---as was your family; totally uncalled for. Keep up the good work. I would like to also hear from defenders of the WSF.

later,

Bluto


11/04/02

Hello,

I just wanted to thank you for that article. I was just waiting for someone to say what you've said. Thanks a million and one times!

Lexi St.Laurent
Director, SalsaCharlotte.com
Charlotte, North Carolina


11/04/02

I have had a few disagreements w/him on the Yahoo boards. I find his personality abrasive. I wasn't much impressed by his dance clips either (as opposed to mine, which are YUMMY *smile*).

Nina

Send us your response!

Mr. Altman responds: HERE

11/14/02
Hola Jacira,

Toda esta historia del señor Altman me pilla un poco lejos, pero sinceramente parece todo muy claro.

Este año he asistido en Europa a dos eventos que anunciaban una competición de salsa como atractivo (con muy buenos premios...). La primera tuvo que cancelarse y fue sustituida por un concurso "jack and jill", que por cierto, tuvo un gran éxito. La segunda tuvo 3 parejas inscritas, y una cuarta pareja (que no se conocían entre sí) fue presionada por un profesor para que participara.


LA SALSA NO ES UNA COMPETICIÓN. En Europa ya nadie baila para competir. Los "saloneros" que quieran unirse al mundo salsero serán bienvenidos, pero dudo mucho que logren imponer sus amanerados y forzados gestos y sus estrictas reglas de competición a un grupo de gente que lo único que quiere es divertirse de la manera más natural posible. Nuestro único juez es la chica o chico con quien bailamos en un momento dado.

En Europa, el señor Altman es un perfecto desconocido. Por aquí han pasado varios profesores de EEUU, algunos con más éxito que otros. Los que mejor recuerdo han dejado han sido aquellos que han mostrado una mayor naturalidad, modestia y simplicidad, cualidades de las que Mr. Altman no parece gozar. La megalomanía de este señor parece manifiesta. Los salseros jamás hemos necesitado ningún título ni para dar clases ni para bailar en ningún club. Nuestros alumnos nos juzgan día a día, y nos apoyan o no con su asistencia a las clases.

Un buen bailador lo demuestra en la pista de baile y no necesita proclamarse campeón de nada por internet.

En cualquier caso, ya sabemos que "Dios los cria y ellos se juntan" (Birds of a feather flock together). Dejemos que el señor Altman acoja en su asociación a todos los bailadores ansiosos de títulos y de competiciones, y de ese modo nuestro mundo salsero siga siendo independiente, libre y continuemos disfrutando del baile simplemente "pa'gozar".

Un besote, y enhorabuena por tu éxito en la web!

César de Diego.

11/10/02
hi jacira te habla un salsero de verdad yo trabajo con henrry tu me conoces : yo fui a una competencia en palladium para clasificar para la conpetencicia famosa de los altman fui por embullo de mis amistades, y los senores altman que se autotitulan salseros y no bailan nada me quitaron el primer puesto y se lo dieron a un tal ricki que trabaja con elque no baila mal pero no tiene mi calidad y no me llega ni a las chancletas asi dicen la gente despues que se entero que yo soy el partner de henrry llamo el domingo ofreciendo disculpas y diciendo que el no fue el jurado aprte de eso el jurado que tenia sabe menos salsa que un recien nacido te lo digo aqui y si se lo tengo que decir en su cara puedes contar conmigo chao juanito (johnny la bala)


11/08/02
Hola,

Antes que todo, te quiero mandar todo mi soporte en esta historia con el señor ese. En francia, lo hemos llamado el Cekoidon lo que se podria traducir por el "QueEsEso". El tipo tiene muy mala fama por aquí. Ojala nunca llegue organisar algo en Paris, donde también se encuentran payasos de su tamaño.

Pierre

11/07/02
DESDE MI PUNTO DE VISTA PUEDO DECIR QUE PARTICULARMENTE NO TENGO MUCHA CONFIANZA EN LOS CONCURSOS Y MUCHO MENOS SI SE TRATA CON PERSONAS DE ESTA INDOLE. ME GUSTARIA LLEVAR A ESTOS SEÑORES QUE DICEN SER LOS REYES DE LA SALSA A UN SOLAR EN LA HABANA VIEJA A VER QUE TAN REYES SON. POR SUPUESTO NO ESTOY DE ACUERDO CON ESTAS INJUSTICIAS Y CREO QUE CUALQUIER PERSONA QUE SE RESPETE Y SE QUIERA UN POCO A SI MISMO TAMPOCO.
JOEL


11/07/02
Muchas gracias por la información sobre los Altman. De toda la gente que citas, sólo conozco a Salomon Rivera, quien estuvo en Barcelona este verano. Se anunciaron como campeones del mundo de cha-cha-chá y la verdad es que estaban omnipresentes; se veía claramente que querían promocionarse.

Quiero decirte que te apoyo en tu denuncia y protesta. Tenemos que protegernos de esta gentuza que se erigen a sí mismo jueces y amos del mundo salsero. Nadie necesita certificados pues el público y los alumnos son los que deciden quién es un buen profesor o un buen salsero y quién es un inútil.

César

11/05/02

Tremendo Jacira, tremendo. Le distes justo al clavo! I'm passing this link to everyone I know. I really congratulate you on this one. Well put!!!

Un abrazo,

Luis


 

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