Do Whatever It Takes

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…)

24 Ways to Dance Salsa On-2

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

In order to reduce the size of my spreadsheet, I have shown the 8 beats as groups of 4 beats i.e.
I counted 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4.**

Please let me know if you particularly want me to expand the spreadsheet to show all of the 96 possible
ways to dance Salsa and then pick out the 24 ways of dancing Salsa on Clavé.*

Ciao, Barry Gordon – creator
United Kingdom Salsero

Ballroom Mambo vs Salsa Nightclub Style

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

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
– George Bernard Shaw


Dear Edie,
Do you think there is a difference between what you do and what you normally see from people with ballroom dance training (especially on shows like Dancing with the Stars, etc.)? If so, how would you explain that difference? (more…)

Musicality Dancing with Salsa

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

“Edie, the Salsa Freak, had some interesting things to say about “on one” and “on two” dancing. She said that what is important is dancing “to the music” by responding to the hits and breaks in a song, rather than whether the dance is structured “on one or two.” In her opinion, the best and most musically rich experience is to respond to the accents of a particular piece of music by altering where (more…)

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…)