Do all Salsa teachers pack so much new stuff into a one hour class that you can’t remember any of it 20 minutes later? The girls say they’d be bored working at one sequence for a whole hour, so he has to keep them entertained, but the men have to learn, so we can lead :-\”
– Overwhelmed (more…)
I really want to take dancing classes, but at the same time I’m really nervous because I can’t dance at all. I feel like I have TWO LEFT FEET. I’m not flexible at all when it comes to moving and dancing. Do you think that maybe I should order videos first before starting any lessons? I love to listen to music, but it comes to dancing I get really embarrassed. I know I’m going to be a stubborn one to learn, but I want to do it.”
– Scared to learn…not a quick learner! (more…)
I’m enjoy and thank you for all your words of encouragement and advice. Most of it is invaluable to beginners like me who don’t need any help committing minor, and often times major, screw-ups in club etiquette and acceptable dancefloor moves.
My goal is to become an excellent follower and get through a song without causing a major stop and restart. I’d like to be able to follow well enough to dance an entire song through smoothly and joyfully. How important is it for the female to know all the routines/moves a male could lead you into in order to accomplish my goal. Or is it just knowing many but always be able to let go and “be lead?” (more…)
I am new to Salsa and took three private classes when on vacation in [country], last month. Now that I’m back home here in the (USA) I can’t find private instructors outside of (city) area. I called the studios and most want to suck me into their world of group classes etc / contracts, but I work evenings and can’t really participate to a large degree in these packages. (more…)
How I find Salsa Clubs out of town… By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!Every city I visit I research the Internet for local Salsa clubs. If I can’t find any in that town, this is what I do. …. I get online and search for all the local “Mexican Restaurants” – better yet, Cuban and Puerto Rican food, (if there are any..), and give them a call. Then, I ask to speak to a Spanish-speaking waiter. I then stumble through my own Spanish, and ask if he knows of any Salsa Clubs in town!! (more…)
I’m really glad you have decided to do a beginners page. I think it will be very helpful to us all.I have come to the point where I feel I need to start taking some private lessons, and want your advice on how to proceed.I have thought about my goals, and at this point, I want to: (1) clean up my basics; (2) learn all the “moves” that are thrown at me on the dance floor; (3) learn styling techniques; (4) expand my repertoire of potential partners. I don’t think that I will ever be dance competition material, so learning ballroom technique is not a high priority to me. (more…)
I enjoyed the series of letters about the “beginner man” on the club scene. I wanted to add a comment about a few issues that I believe need to be addressed on this subject not only on the club scene but also in the dance class setting.
Let me preface by saying that I am a beginner female with some previous dance experience. I have been taking beginning classes for several months, and plan to take them for several more. After several weeks of class, I was bitten by the “salsa bug” and now in addition to classes 2-3 times a week, I go to clubs several nights a week, and take the (intermediate) classes beforehand. Most importantly, (more…)
The asking, asking a woman to dance, asking to dance, asking someone to dance, Asking a woman to dance. The Asking.
My Salsa-spirit is taking a down-turn. I am finally getting the nerve to ask women to dance at the clubs but they all say no. I have never danced at this club, so it can’t be the way I dance. I always shower/shave/brush before I go out, and I dress nice. I am polite and just ask “would you like to dance”. Then they say no thank you. After three no thank you’s I lose my nerve and self-confidence. This is only really a problem at one particular club, but it is where the best dancers are. I would just chalk it up to my lack of dance experience, except (more…)
What do you think about the following? Most guys that are taking the Salsa class with me don’t feel comfortable (or confident) to ask “good” dancers to dance with them because if a guy makes (a) mistake(s) the good dancer won’t dance with them again. I think we are perhaps intermediate dancers, but to become good ones we have to dance with the good dancers, but it is like a catch 20/20? (more…)
Los Angeles … California Salseras Dance “On-1”“Dear Edie,
I got [instructor]’s tapes the other day and watched them both non stop. They are excellent. Some of the steps I haven’t seen before. I spoke to [my friend] after seeing them and asked what was different about LA style and he said that you dance on 2. Is this true? and if it is why does [instructor] teach it on 1. We dance on 1 here although I have seen and many times myself switch to 3, depending on the previous manouver (1,2, or 3 lady turns). Do you do this also? Is it correct? I am going to practice all these steps in the next few weeks and (more…)