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…)

What if…?

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“Dear Edie,
I don’t know if it’s just me, or what, but I’m going to ask anyway. What happens if the [guy or gal] you’re dancing with absolutely sucks, and you’re in the middle of a real long song, and you just can’t take it anymore – they’re either hurting you, or not turning nor following correctly, or they’re trying to lead YOU, when THEY are supposed to follow… what if the dance ends up in a COMPLETE disaster – BUT THE SONG’S NOT OVER YET?????
– Can’t Take it Anymore!!!”

Dear Can’t Take it Anymore,
I can completely relate. Normally, it won’t be that bad. The polite thing to do is to to finish up the song.
But if it’s THAT BAD, I have taught AND DEMONSTRATED the following in A LOT of my workshops throughout the world: (more…)

Too Stiff

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“Dear Edie,
I am from [country], and I love doing the Salsa. I have been learning by going to clubs since about May of 1997. I’m just gonna cut right to the chase. I love doing the Salsa, right, but I have some problems with the way I dance….My favorite dancing partner tells me that I really need to loosen up, that I am too tense and that I dont move my hips enough. I know he is right. Suggestions? (more…)

Self Confidence

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“Dear Edie,
I would really appreciate any other suggestions, especially about confidence and self confidence.”
– Lacking”

Dear Lacking,
Confidence comes with time and experience. You can’t force it, you must “become it”. It happens in the gray matter between your ears. Confidence comes from falling on your face, then picking yourself up again, and starting over. Confidence comes from overcoming great internal mental obstacles. Confidence cannot be purchased, bargained for, nor given. It must be earned. Convincing your mind that you (more…)

I Wanna Do My Move!

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“Dear Edie,
Hi. I kind of have a problem that occurs with some women I dance with. I take advanced classes and have been annoyed and/or confused on what to do about the following:
When I perform any connecting move, such as doing a basic turn, grabbing the right hand, turning her, and placing the right hand on the back of my neck, the woman shys away from touching my neck and/or collar just below my neck. It also happens with the same move with the left hand coming over and brushing your head.
I obviously don’t have this problem with my main partner/girlfriend, but (more…)

Going Out Alone

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going alone, alone“Dear Edie,
I am planning to go Salsa dancing alone this weekend. This will be my first time unaccompanied by a man or even girlfriends. I was wondering if you could give me some tips and etiquette advice on how to carry myself with class yet not look too desperate to dance. I don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea about my being there alone. Should I lie to them and say I’m meeting someone so (more…)

Raw Nipples

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Dear Edie,
I really want to thank you Edie. Ever since you gave me your tips on cross dress for Latino men in need of female cross dressing company (wow! now that is a long ass book title if i ever saw one!), i just can’t keep the women off of me. I’m so popular at the clubs with my hairy legs exposed that women just trip and go ga-ga over me. (more…)