Rhythmically Challenged

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“Dear Edie,
I read your story and found it most interesting because I am in a situation somewhat similar to yours. My partner and I have been dancing Salsa for a little over a year, we have horrible fights. We have participated in local competitions and have won, but I think this is because our audience is mostly anglo. I would like to improve my Salsa dancing but I can’t find qualified salsa teachers or professionals in my area, and my partner can’t hear the music, I am his ears!. I need a good partner but they are hard to find. I love dancing so much that (more…)

Just Trying to Help

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“Dear Edie,
I have a major problem. My life partner is a competent dancer but lacks confidence and when I try to help her improve we end up having arguments on the dance floor as she claims I’m too much of a perfectionist and that I take it too seriously. I have several female friends with whom I have a good spontaneous rapport on the dance floor where we’re able to be really creative, sometimes exciting and even magic. I know my partner would never reach that standard as she is not as addicted as I am. (more…)

He’s Off Time!!!

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“Dear Edie,
I’m so glad I surfed and surfed the web until I finally found the Dancer Hangout! I never knew there was so much information for Salsa freaks like me, by Salsa freaks like you. I was reading your “Off Beat” letters of concern regarding people who have no rhythm. My story is similar and would like some advice.

About 2 years ago I began learning salsa. My boyfriend knew a little more (more…)

Where’s the Beat?

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“Hi Edie,
I’ve just started to learn Salsa. I think I’ve managed to learn the basic steps. The 2 big problems I’m having right now which is kinda preventing me from going further are
1. Knowing when to break out
2. Recognizing the beat in the music.

I know that you need to keep in tune with the sound of the clave instrument to dance Salsa. But I can’t (more…)

Never Correct Him, Never Correct Him, NEVER Correct Him. Period.

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“Dear Edie,
I’m so glad I surfed and surfed the web until I finally found DancerHangout.com! I never knew there was so much information for Salsa freaks like me, by Salsa FREAKS like you. I was reading your “Off beat” letters of concern regarding people who have no rhythm. My story is similar and would like some advice.

About 2 years ago I began learning Salsa. My boyfriend knew a little more than I did, so we went to a Grupo Niche dance (I’d never heard of the group at the time) in [my city] and basic-stepped our way through the night. It didn’t take me long to get the latest moves down behind my boyfriend’s back; I would practice with my older brother every time we had the chance. I was a fast learner, by brother said, because I was (more…)