A Little Too Much

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A Little Too Much …

“Dear Edie,
When I woke up this morning, a little groggy, as I went into the bathroom, I noticed that I was giving the door a lead. I’m not certain, I could be wrong on this, but I think the door complained. – Chris”

… a few days later. (more…)

Baggage Boy

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Baggage Boy …

“Dear Edie,
I keep asking this girl to dance and she keeps saying “no” every single time. What should I do??? – Baggage Boy”

… a few days later.

“Dear Edie,
This guy that reminds me of my ex keeps asking me to dance and I keep refusing. What should I do???. – Baggage Lady”

… a few days later… from Baggage Boy:

“Dear Edie,
I took your advice and stopped asking her to dance. A few nights later, she came up to me, apologized and told me I reminded her of her ex. I just looked at her and said, “Well, I’m not your ex.” She then grabbed my hand, pulled me on the dance floor and we both had an awesome dance together. (more…)

We Need Better Women

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I just can’t get her to “move / respond” like the pros …

“Dear Edie,

I’ve been taking a lot of lessons lately, and have now been to a few Salsa congresses. To tell you the truth, I wish the women in my town would invest the time and effort it takes to get better at Salsa dancing. I’m finding that the better I get, the more frustrated I am with the women I dance with in my town. They just don’t seem to “get it” that the women we love dancing with have speed, balance and control. (more…)

Advice About Instructors, for Students

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Advice for those that take PRIVATE LESSONS…

By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!

“Dear Edie,
I just spent over $1,000 dollars on private lessons. I feel like the gal I was taken lessons with just didn’t show me how the lead is supposed to feel. I think I need to start now and try with a guy, but I feel creepy dancing with a guy (I’m a guy). Any advice?
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Salsa Music Works BETTER than Coffee!

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Salsa-Holic Story of the Month…

“Dear Edie,
I think you’ll be interested to hear the following [Salsa-Holic] story:

For the last couple of weeks, I was working on my final project. For the last three days, I had really to get my self in full gear and get the work meet the presentation on due date. To do that I had to work for these three days without any sleep, 72 hours in a row. I know, that’s crazy, but I didn’t had a choice and I want it to be done right, the way (more…)

Let’s Talk About Sweat

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LET’S TALK ABOUT SWEAT…

“Dear Edie,
I was wondering if you have any tips or comments on the subject of SWEATY MEN!!!

Recently I have had several unpleasant experiences of dancing in class and at clubs with men who seem like they have just taken a shower- but let me tell you, they don’t smell like it!

I understand that clubs and dance studios may be hot and poorly ventilated, but I think I speak for all women in asking the male salseros of the world to PLEASE, PLEASE WEAR DEODORANT!!!

Also, it might help if men who get extremely sweaty try:
(1) sitting out a dance or two to dry off;
(2) bringing a [small black] towel;
(3) stop leading those full (or any) body contact moves when things start getting out of hand.

I know that women sweat as well, but most of the women I know take major precautions to make sure that if they sweat, they still smell like a rose. A little cologne, a little hygiene, and a lot of deodorant go a long way.

Salsa is supposed to be a sexy dance, but I think men should know, IT’S NOT SEXY TO BE SWEAT ON BY A STRANGER WHO SMELLS!!!

I think if you post something on this subject, it will provide a great public service for all of us women.
Thanks! – Ms. Particular

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“Dear Ms. Particular,
Obviously deodorant and fine cologne on the body and neck are a must.

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EDIE’S ACCIDENTAL DISCOVERY….
OMG. One day I was giving a workshop and I FORGOT MY DEODORANT. omg. That was stressing me out and making me SWEAT more than anything else! All I had was shoe-deodorant spray.
In COMPLETE desperation, I used THAT UNDER MY ARMPITS and IT WORKED LIKE A CHARM!!! I don’t know about you, but if it eliminates odors in shoes… then FOR SURE it will help your overall arm-pit odors as well!
Believe it or not, that is all I use now. I stopped buying deodorant. (more…)

Salsa Ragdoll

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“Dear Edie,
Edie, you seem to have a good handle on the various dynamics of the scene. If you’re interested in hearing my little issue, please read on:
Saturday at the [club], this guy comes up to me and my friends. I’ve seen him before b/c he’s new to our dance class (Salsa). My only thought in class was that he seems to have taken this “leading” thing to heart. He overleads. FYI he’s (more…)

Intimidating Invitation

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INTIMIDATING WELCOMING INTIMIDATING


“Dear Edie,
In the ballroom world, we teach that you should either accept an invitation to dance, or choose to sit out the dance; invitations from complete strangers are both common and welcome. We also recommend changing partners with each dance.

I’d like to pose a question to Salsa club instructors: how do you socialize your students? (more…)

Fancy Footwork

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“Dear Edie,
I am so glad I finally met you! You are every bit as great in person as in letters! I would love to see you with your partner, and will surely come find you if I go down to L.A.

You have inspired me to work on my styling more, practicing footwork, arm flairs, and head stuff AT HOME (!) before I try it at a club. Can I pester you with a few questions? I saw you do some really neat footwork. I often break away from the right-left-right-(tap or kick)-left-right-left-(tap or kick) for a stop (more…)

Colombian Salseras

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The Colombian Flag Waving in London“Dear Edie,
Here in London it has to be said that Colombia rules ok! All the genuine Latino Salsa clubs are Colombian as are the majority of the people in these places. Now, my instructor is Colombian and he teaches us all these fancy moves which I usually try with success…except with Colombian girls! I never have trouble getting dances in Colombian clubs but I’m sure they think we’re Martians (more…)