I saw something I found humorous the other day at a club. There was this guy showing off for a group of female beginners (he was spinning one of them and doing some nice steps as they ooohed and aahhed). He had the steps right and he managed to get the women through the steps, but he had no Cuban motion and no style, it was like mass-produced dance, no soul. Even I could tell that this guy was missing something very big. I later found out he was a student-turned-instructor. How could a dance instructor unleash this horror on unsuspecting students? I want to find out who was responsible for his teaching so I could avoid their lessons like the plague. At least my instructor tries to teach me the soul of the dance, not just the steps.
– Concerned Observer…
Dear Concerned Observer,
You have an excellent point.
I’m glad you recognized this in the instructor, and lack of soul in the student. We need to somehow let people know that Salsa is not about just doing the moves, but about feeling the rhythm, and listening to the pulse of the music. It’s not easy for some people. Some people never get it. Just you worry about you and become the best “YOU” that you can be.
And on that fateful day, when you become awesome, and women start calling you “God” after every dance… “Oh My God!!”… that crazy, stiff, instructor wanna-be will still be right where he’s at, and people will see right through them, just like you did.
– Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!
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