The Salsa Wife

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“Dear Edie,
I love the Salsa FREAK website, it’s so entertaining & I can really appreciate the “down to earth” answers that you give to almost every question under the sun. However, I have a question for you that you may not have had before and I could appreciate some insight and wisdom from you.

I am a beginning Salsera (been taking lessons since February) and I am ADDICTED. I can totally relate to you when you talk about needing to get your “fix.” I take lessons twice a week and go out regularly to clubs. My problem is my husband. (more…)

Doomed

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“Hi Edie: I have encountered a problem in my search for a Salsa dance partner in New York City and am wondering if you had any ideas.

I am a natural born Salsera in my mid 30s who has been dancing Salsa all my life!! I would like to hook up with a male dance partner (intermediate to advanced) to practice at least once a week here in the NYC clubs. The problem I have encountered is the fact that I am married. (more…)

A Sad Ella

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“Dear Edie,
I’ve been dancing for a year now, and absolutely love it,…I have recently moved in with my long-term boyfriend…and I am a bit sad because we always end up having an argument when I drag him along to a night (he usually doesn’t want to come with me) Does it really mean the end of a relationship if your man doesn’t dance, doesn’t want to make an effort, doesn’t like the people , and doesn’t particularly like the music? But I get on well with him otherwise…… (more…)

Respect Other’s Significant Others

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Always respect other men’s girlfriends or significant others – you sometimes may not know it, but if you “suspect” that person is “taken”, ask the significant “other” if you may dance with thier wife/spouse/girlfriend/partner, whatever. Believe me, they appreciate it, and will respect you for it. 90% of the time, they will be more than happy to let you dance with their significant “other”. (more…)

Don’t be Naive

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Be friendly, but not naive!
This is good advice, especially for the ladies.

If you’re out to dance and have fun, just dance and have fun. Dance with as many different men as you can. This will turn-off anyone who has different intentions for you.

However, if you’re going dancing and out for something more than just dancing, don’t let the whole world know about it. Be specific, quietly, and have some class. (more…)

Sex-Starved Women

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Figure #1: “Fantasy Land”

“Dear Edie,
I’ve been noticing lately that women are far more sexually aggressive these days than men. Wow. It’s like, I just wanna dance, but lately, it seems they always want something more. I feel like some of them are sex-starved or something.
– Concerned for today’s modern Salsera” (more…)

Off Beat in Paris

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Dear Edie,
I recently went to [city] with my boyfriend. We live in Paris where his dancing gets much praise. He is a competent dancer but he lacks creativity and he thinks his way is the only way.

He became very threatened by seeing the [city] dancers including one very fine [dance instructor ] (male) whom we had met previously in Paris The dance instructor is really nice (was not at all flirty or inappropriate with me). My boyfriend’s vibrations were so negative and he was leading me so hard and criticizing me the whole time that I had a horrible time and it was my birthday to top it all off!! (more…)

I Won’t Know A Soul

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Hi Edie, I’ve just recently logged on to your website and just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy it. It takes a special kind of person to open up their life for everyone else to read and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate that kind of commitment.

I’ve spent five years of my life engaged to a man who refused to dance with me because he’d mistaken my smiling on the dance floor for laughing at his dancing. I’ve been single for two years now and I’ve pledged to myself that my soul mate would have the (more…)

Dying to Dance

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“Dear Edie the Salsa Freak,
I’m having a major problem. I just moved from lively [Big City], to a quiet and quaint [small town],. Back in [Big City] I took some Salsa classes and fell in love with the sport of it. There is a dance at the state park this coming weekend and I am going to it. My boyfriend, on the other hand, said that, and I quote, he “doesn’t want to look like a fool” in front of everyone else. (more…)