Author Archives: Khang Duong

History Pt III — Enter the Firemen


In part 2, I detailed the start of our photo shoot­ing ways. Next up, I detail the story behind the fire­men ad cam­paign. Fire­men? Sure! We were orig­i­nally think­ing of movie par­o­dies like Amer­i­can Beauty and Spi­der­man when Char­lie had men­tioned in one of the …
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I was in my fourth year at Cal Poly and the path I was walk­ing was the path of lone­li­ness: long hours of study­ing sprin­kled amidst long hours of gam­ing. I was sadly friend­less, with my best friend away at a dif­fer­ent school due …
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Some Rhythm Lessons

Want to Learn About Rhythm? Found these drum lessons on youtube that give some great back­ground and insight into two core rhythms in Afro-Cuban music. Pretty in depth since it’s meant to teach how to play these  on drums, but …
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History Pt Deux

Con­tin­u­ing the his­tory les­son… Our stroll down mem­ory lane begins a few years after the found­ing of CPSalsa (detailed in Part 1). We had been founder­ing for a while, strug­gling to get stu­dents and even strug­gling to get the moti­va­tion to run …
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For your listening pleasure

Here’s a bachata by Xavier called Eres Mi Angel. Enjoy!

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Favorite Songs

There are many ways to become a bet­ter salsa dancer. One of the best ways, is get­ting to know the music. Here’s a list of some of my cur­rent favorite songs to get you all started: La Salsa Nunca Se Acaba — …
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Cuban Pete

  Si uno no baila en clave — metido en el ritmo de la musica, esta bai­lando con­tra la musica. –Pedro Aguilar “Cuban Pete” Cuban Pete was one of the cel­e­brated dancers of the Pal­la­dium era of mambo/salsa in the …
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I need more moves!

For all the leads out there strug­gling with the ‘I need more moves’ conun­drum, I give you this sage bit of advice from Oliver Pineda: In a nut­shell, what’s more impor­tant to the fol­lows isn’t the num­ber of com­bi­na­tions you know, but …
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A Little History

The Officers

Ancient his­tory… Eleven years ago, CPSalsa was lit­tle more than an idea, a smat­ter­ing of elec­tri­cal pulses jump­ing between neu­rons inside the heads of a cou­ple of guys. Back then, they may not have known that CPSalsa would still be here now, …
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