My Most Memorable Competition
– By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!
From downstairs in the basement of the Mayan Nightclub in Los Angeles, you can faintly hear the music upstairs, muffled, but still loud and electrifying. You feel the distant pulse of the music run through your body and magically into your heart. You’re with all the other competitors now. You look at the number you’ve drawn from that jar. It’s the number you were destined to have – the order in which (more…)
Controversial Moves, Controversial Contests
By Terryl Jones, of Let’s Dance LA
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It was fun getting to spend time with you this weekend. Enio and I work and travel so much that I rarely get to spend time talking to another girl.
We have made the decision to not travel quite so much and therefore I look forward to getting to spend more time visiting. We both look forward to working with you more in the future. Below is the article that I wrote. I warned you that it is somewhat inflammatory, but I really wanted to start some dialog along these lines. The more things are brought out into the open, the better they can be dealt with. Terryl
I have judged and seen many dance contests over the last 20 years. I have seen a trend in Salsa that has made me angry enough to feel it is time to speak up. (more…)
The Competitors Edge
Tips for Developing Your “Winning Edge”
by Edie, The Salsa FREAK
With the overwhelming popularity of partner dancing lately, more and more dancers all over the world are busy looking, choosing, and quietly deciding who to partner with. This month, I’d like to discuss how to find (and keep) a good dance partner, and how to prepare for a dance competition.
Aside from our partner-search service, partners can be found in classified ads in the newspaper, in dance magazines, at dance studios, colleges, universities, at the gym, and (more…)
By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!
How World Champions use “The Zone”
“Dear Edie, We are getting ready for the World Salsa Championships in Europe. We have our doubts – because everyone is so good. The rehearsals are agony, and we are struggling with our choreography. It seems we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. The entire preparation is a slow and painful process. Last week, we both just wanted to quit. I’m beginning to wonder if we are even cut out for this. How do the Champions do it, and do well every single year? We are writing the famous, Edie, The Salsa Freak for some ‘Grand words of encouragement’. (more…)
An Inspiring Email from a Budding Salsa Freak
I had my first private lesson yesterday at Metronome and after that was over I spent about $60 on salsa CD’s at Ritmo in the Mission! Once I have a little more material, I will have to send you my own personal addict story!
On a personal note, I just want to commend you, it is so incredibly awe inspiring to see someone doing the things in life they really love. So many people my age are a slave to the grind, working pay check to pay check. To see someone who has such a p***ion for (more…)