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Learn to Salsa dance with Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!

Dear Salsa Freak,
I have just started private Salsa lessons. The challenge I am having is that my wife is now quite an accomplished dancer. The truth is that I just took two classes with her when she started about two years ago, she begged me to go, but because I didn’t like “Salsa” at the time, I quit, and told her never to invite me to a club, because I didn’t like the “scene”. Well, now I never see her anymore, we’re having problems, and I thought I may need to start taking a few Salsa lessons. (more…)

Self Conscious

Learn to Salsa dance with Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!
“Dear Edie,
Just wondering how to get rid of the anxiety???? I just started taking lessons and I know I could be a lot better than what I am showing my instructor but I am so self conscious and stiff and I don’t know how to relax. When I am home dancing I am moving pretty good but I feel like a big awkward nerd when I am dancing with my instructor. Please help me learn some tips to relax a bit….
Sincerely, – “Self Conscious”
Dear “Self Conscious”I can totally relate to what you wrote. When I started I was that way. Then one day, like Magic, it just “broke”. I was going through some difficult “relationship issues” and I got so pissed one night I justa (more…)

Staying Awake Driving Home

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How to prevent falling asleep on the road or freeway at 2:30-3:00am after dancing.

This is EVERYTHING I’ve done at that hour. I usually had about an hour drive home, so I would…

    • I rub my hands very rapidly together, like I’m freezing.
    • I also chew gum.
    • drink water.
    • stop at an all-night convenience store to buy coffee (at 2:30am.
    • pull over and take a 15 minute nap.
    • bang your head against the window.
    • call a Salsa friend and talk each other home (they are the ONLY people that will understand/relate).
    • Go have a bite to eat someplace.