Love For Edie THE SALSA FREAK!
“Edie, nobody believes stronger in your overall value as an instructor, dancer and person.”
“What does sell is a brand name and Edie the Salsa Freak is one of the best brands in the dance business.”
I am rambling but wanted to give you kudos because without realizing it, I improved drastically thanks to our training together. I really look forward to the opportunity to spend another 48-72 hours with you to take it to another level but in truth, I am not even stressing on trying to learn how to do cool combinations because now it seems as if at least 50 pct of the “ new” ladies I dance with, I need to simplify or reduce my moves to dance to a level that they are comfortable with and can execute but that’s crazy since I feel like I am doing the same old bread and butter moves so how can that be Edie?
its amazing Edie and you made the difference….this did not happen overnight but somehow
Just to congratulate you, because your style is amazing and my wife and me are fanatic of your style.
We got your DVDs and we are practicing so much and also teaching the things i learned from your DVDs.
I wish to be in contact with you, if you have MSN messenger let me know please because my students and me want to know you some day personally.
Visit Cusco Peru some day you will have a place to stay.
Bye bye Antonio
I like to pick things up from you and try them myself. I am a very fast learner.
I just watch and do it myself and just add a little of my style to it.my dream is to one day own my own studio and teach and travel and perform for a living. I am trying my hardest to accomplish it and I know with my potential and my drive that I will be where I want to be .i know it takes a lot of hard work and patience and I am so willing to do it all…I really hope to see you at the Orlando salsa congress I will be there this year. I would really like to meet you and just at least say hi 🙂 well I hope you have a wonderful day and week..cuidate mucho
– Jessica Hernandez Jieyi Zhou
Black Belt Student
How to start … OUTSTANDING! PHENOMENAL! LIFE ALTERING! I’d attended two of your classes prior to this (DBM and White Belt Certification) next level of certification. I had my chair upright, seatbelt buckled and my tray table stowed in the locked and upright position and still I wasn’t prepared for the level of instruction and intensity of these courses. – Connecticut, and Certified BBS™ Red Belt TrainerArt Davis
Thank you for your wonderful letter and words you devoted to us.
It is very nice to hear that the festival was great and that you had a great time.
We have heard very many good words from people who attended the festival.
They liked your workshops; they liked you, your friendliness, and your kindness.
I would like to thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and wisdom in the instructor class in Miami. I often think about that and how wonderful God is to have brought you here.
I would like to share with you something that I have been working on for some time and wondering if this would be of interest to you or many of the people that you know. I have an online
Things here in Bangalore have returned to normal, although I’m still riding this weekend’s high. In retrospect, I realized that the main reason I had such a great time was that I chose to feel good and feel happy. That feeling of joy that I maintained throughout the event was like a magnet for other good things. I made some great connections, got a couple of invitations to other congresses and had a couple of the artists ask if we could work together on some routines!
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your boot camp workshop. I am a perpetual student of physical fitness and can appreciate how difficult it is to teach people how to move. I was very impressed with your teaching style and look forward to learning
from you again some day.
I though I had caught the Salsa bug before I arrived at the NYC Salsa
congress, but after meeting you, and learning from you, I really am
Freddys X. Garcia
I came across your website while doing searches on “salsa”. I am so impressed with your background, talent and also your warmth and kindheartedness which comes through your published responses to letters. Most importantly, I find that it is no coincidence that I came across your website, because I am a Christian with concerns about how to be a dancer in a predominantly secular world, especially that of salsa, where there is so much temptation.
I took my first salsa class on September 25th, only two weeks ago. Since then I attended another class and have been to three salsa dance clubs: the Whittier Radisson, the Granada in Alhambra and Steven’s Steakhouse. What incredible dancers I saw at Steven’s! Wow. I am hooked on salsa! I love the music!
Something happened the first time I attended a salsa dance club–that was at the Whittier Radisson on September 28th (how can I forget). What made all the difference was the live band with all the percussions and rhythm–the music just got to my soul! Even though I was a beginner, I felt the music and was able to dance to it. The men were so patient; they taught me how to follow. I danced with one guy for about five songs. It was so slow and simple that I was bored at first, but later on something happened. We got into this synchrony, as if our worlds became one: our movements melded as one as we responded to the music. It was magic! Two weeks later, I’m still thinking about that magical moment. As I read your Stories forum, I discovered that what I experienced was a salsa “fix” or high. It was incredible! I had a high at my first salsa club.
We danced together in Lancaster on your way to the DC Salsa congress in the springtime. I ended up buying your Salsa Syllabus 101-102 and 103-106; I like them very much.
I have just going through your latest DVD’s. Your enthusiasm and insight into salsa has really been an inspiration for me. You seem to have a sixth sense as to the future of salsa as a teacher and as a businesswoman. Other teachers come and go, or have their 15 minutes of greatness, but you are still there and still growing and surviving in a very tough market place…especially for a woman. In the past two years you have taken me via DVD’s from basics with Al, to basics in Miami, to salsa combination in Miami and now to salsa around the world. Now I see you are showing salsa on 1 and 2 with Ron Weberink. The salsa world in the US needs that now—I am seeing so much of the salsa on 2 influence even in Pittsburgh with people from New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Boston that visit Pittsburgh. You are something else, Edie. A special woman with a special dream to teach salsa ……that can only happen when you love something with your heart, because then you can teach it from your heart and not just from your head…
Thanks for teaching us all how to love salsa…and best of luck my friend and teacher.
You did it Edie, BRAVO!!! You really inspire the world of salsa with your courage and beautiful dancing….
I saw one of your DVD’s—it was super.
I just wanted to tell you that I’m having a wonderful time learning from
your syllabus 101-106 DVDs and your DVD with Salsafix. It has really helped my lead
Last Saturday at a salsa club, I had three people come up to me
wanting me to teach them those flashy moves (Mummy, Wheel Barrel, Surprise
Dip, Titanic, etc.) that I learned from you. Thanks. I just ordered your Men’s
Styling DVD with Jazzy.
I just finished watching your salsa syllabus 101-106 DVDs . Just want to
let you know the instruction of the moves is awesome.
The DVD’s you recommended to us… I LOVE them! I can’t wait to practice them and advance through the rest of your DVD series. I wish I had taken advantage of the deal you had at the congress! Had I known how amazing they are, I would have purchased
most of them there.
Thanks for the musicality article. I have been expressing to my friends how feeling
the music is more enjoyable than obsessing about keeping on the beat. There are dancers where I live who are obsessed with keeping on the beat. They never smile when they are dancing.
I agree with every word of the article, and I’ve been thinking the same for a good while, and yes I do receive some “Oh my gosh” comments. Inspirational music means a lot
to me when I dance. Thanks again.
You did it Edie, BRAVO!!! You really inspire the world of salsa with your courage and beautiful dancing.
I saw one of your DVD’s. They are super—but I have to really practice the spinning. I started salsa four months ago, and I’m already on a high level. But now I have to learn to dance beautifully as a real lady with nice lady moves. Your DVD’s are helping me on my to that dream.
If there was one way I would describe dancing, it is that dancing is truly the celebration of life. Dancing, a magic ritual of energy, danced before our time, during our time and way beyond out time. Dancing though is a way of communicating with our ancestors and predecessors which transcends limitations of time and proximity.
Appreciate this. Appreciate the moment and your dancing will always be the best it can be.
Yesterday was my new birthday. The 25th May 2007. I am one day old. The night before, I went out dancing as per usual. As usual, it was unusual. Every night is different, but all are fantastic!
I awoke that morning, looking forward to riding to work and sharing my stories with everyone on Salsa forums. I thank you all for the help in my ‘improving my lead’ thread as your words and encouragement truly helped and I had many compliments about my VASTLY improved lead. The best compliment of all was that a beginning lady who does not dance much and is not asked much, I imagine because she is a bit bigger, danced EVERY step I knew. Even way beyond what she had been taught herself. What started as me thinking I was doing her a favor in a sense by getting her on the dance floor, turned into her doing me a favor by dancing with me, as she was a SUPERB follower. Her improvement is astounding and inspiring. Best of all, she has the best fashion sense ever. Every week she wears THE LARGEST SMILE ever!
The night was electric and full of so much energy that on some big beats whilst I was in guapea, I found myself crouching to the floor and playing the rhythm on the wood and then springing back up keeping in time.
It was such a brilliant night that I sent this email to my head instructor before I left for work:
Dear Danza Loca,
Last night I had the BEST night ever. Just FANTASTIC. I danced salsa all night, and even did a meringue. You probably know that already and have known about that for a long time. However, I and many of your students, are quite new to dancing, thus it is an AMAZING discovery for us!
I just thought I would take the time to give a MASSIVE thanks to you and your wonderfully assembled team of brilliant instructors. You have successfully managed to assemble some WONDERFUL individuals whose synergy creates a tremendously positive and welcoming environment! Each of you is a positive character in your own right, with individual flourishes which add flavor to everyone’s experience.
I truly believe that dancing is the celebration of life! Some of the other students and I were chatting about our great experiences and wonderful times dancing last night and it inspired me to write this thank you email as you and your team cannot get enough credit for the wonderful job that you do!
Thanks again for letting me, and many others, appreciate life a little bit more. I look forward to many more great classes and experiences with you and your team.
– Alex Black Belt Student
As I rode to work on my bike, I was cycling straight along a road, close to the gutter. I do this about 30 metres before the bike path begins. All of a sudden, BOOM! I found myself waking up on the pavement some 5 metres away from the road and what was once my bicycle. I got up and was thinking ‘what happened’ and stumbled around. Then the pain hit me. I felt like collapsing but I didn’t as I was completely out of it and could not remember how to collapse.
A bus driver pulled over and came up to me looking worse than me I imagine. Saying sorry and asking me if I was all right. I said “I do not know, I cannot move my arm.” about 3 times. Long story short, I ended up in the hospital with a suspected broken arm. I was planning my one-armed leading salsa classes at that stage 🙂
Otherwise I was fine. I was VERY LUCKY. I was thrown from the impact and my bike was destroyed, not me. The impact was so great that, my clip in pedals on my shoes which lock your feet into the pedals, were broken off. Literally the pedals broke off with the force I was thrown back with. As I sat there in the hospital (I had to stay for a while to be monitored because I had a concussion) and waited for my x-rays. I could not help but think ‘WOW, last night (dancing) was so fantastic! If I had to have a last night, dancing is a great way to do it! As comical as it sounds, it makes sense. LIVE LIFE. Don’t wait or hold back. You NEVER know. The girl you want to dance with, ASK! The class you are thinking of doing, GO!
The x-ray was positive and no broken bones. It was a miracle, as the Doctor’s said, but I am home now. Bruised up, with my arm in a sling (pulled muscle apparently) some cuts, etc. MOST IMPORTANTLY, I am ALIVE!
I’m hoping to go dancing soon; if for nothing else, than to watch.
Remember the saying; life is NOT a dress rehearsal…
Rodney Black Belt Student