• The Beautiful Woman Buried Deep Inside of Me



    I am not a dancer. I don't have the body for it. I don't have the coordination for it. I don't have the grace for it. But circumstances landed me among Latinos who danced. One said to me that it was "algo de la sangre".. something in the blood, and that I just didn't have it.

    I tried anyway, but I lacked the basic belief that I would ever overcome the limitations that came with my body.

    After taking many classes and workshops and lessons, I still wasn't much better at Salsa. I got better at Bachata, which raised my overall level of confidence, but I was still awkward at Salsa. Edie's classes, though, changed my head. I started dancing while repeating Edie's words in my head about how women should carry themselves. I was styling so poorly that I frequently smacked my partner in the face, got off-balance and leaned on him. But I said to myself, "I am as hot as Edie. I'm as hot as Edie. I'm as hot as Edie." My new mantra. It made me stand taller. It made me look by partner in the eye. It made me try things I didn't really know how to do yet.

    I thought my biggest problems were lack of balance, lack of coordination, lack of rhythm.... and they remain big problems, but the biggest problem was a basic belief that no one wanted to dance with me. So first... the mantra. I am as hot as Edie. I smiled as though I was as hot as Edie. I styled as though I was as hot as Edie. I stumbled... but tried to stumble as though I was as hot as Edie. I even danced Bachata as though I really knew what I was doing. I weathered the constant barrage of constructive criticism.

    Then a beautiful man and a beautiful, talented dancer danced with me and then...picked me up. Hit on me, asked for me number, called me, asked me out.... and I wasn't pretending anymore. There was external, independent validation, and I became what I had been pretending to be.

    I am still a student at Salsa, but everything I believed about myself and my body was pre-Edie. Edie fixed my head. I love dancing. I've developed a bit of an addiction to it. Mostly I'm addicted to the feeling of joy and power and self-confidence that I have on the dance floor. People recognize me for my passion for Bachata. For sure it's been an easier dance to improve at than Salsa has been.

    And it was with that level of confidence that I tackled Edie's Spins workshop. Today is the day I learn to spin. Today is the day I learn to spin.

    I was as uncoordinated and graceless as I usually am. But Edie broke the spin down into tiny, manageable, non-overwhelming pieces. Quarter spins... half spins.... full spins to the right... full spins to the left.... double spins.... spotting... arm position... punching... foot position.... balance... and then I spun. The bubbling joy wasn't containable. I was so excited and so joyful. At the end of the day Edie pulled me up as an example of a person who was light on her feet and could spin without her even feeling the weight of me under her hand. I was turning myself.

    I don't mean to say that I am good. I am not bragging about my Salsa abilities. That is still laughable and still a far-off goal. But because of Edie, it's possible that the least likely candidate can dance as well as she can. And because of Edie, whatever beauty was ever buried inside of me is now visible to me and to everyone else when I'm on the dance floor. It's in my smile. It's in my demeanor. It's in how I carry myself. And it doesn't go away when I walk off the floor. That's the most amazing thing. It stays with me after I go home. That is a brand new side-effect.

    Edie sent me an email after the Spins workshop and said, "It's like you're a completely different person."

    Several things conspired to change my perception, which changed my dancing. First, Bachata. The sensuality of Bachata and the safety and trust I have felt for my wonderful partners released my many, many inhibitions on the floor and probably, in my whole life. Second, Edie. If you think you can't do this... if you think you're not a dancer... if you think you don't have the body for it.... if you think you are too uncoordinated to dance.... take workshops from Edie. She teaches men to treat women like Queens. She teaches women to treat men like Kings and to let them lead and let them be dominate. I didn't think I'd like that as much as I do. I love it. I even want it.

    She pulls from men and women the best in themselves and challenges them to Bring It. Bring the sexy... bring the confidence... bring the strength... bring the dominance... bring the adoration and appreciation for your partner.... cherish your partners and make them look good. There are no better partners on the dance floor than those who have learned from Edie. She turns regular men into partners who pull the best from me. I can recognize them on the dance floor by their moves and the way they treat me. They are gentlemen. She has made them into the strong men they always had buried inside of them the same way she turned me into the beautiful woman that was buried deep inside of me.

    Thanks, Edie.There are no better partners on the dance floor than those who have learned from Edie. She turns regular men into partners who pull the best from me. I can recognize them on the dance floor by their moves and the way they treat me. They are gentleman. She has made them into the strong men they always had buried inside of them the same way she turned me into the beautiful woman that was buried deep inside of me.

    Thanks, Edie.


    Edie's Teaching Secret:
    www.BlackBeltDance.com .... and .... www.BlackBeltSalsa.com


    Female Salsa / Bachata student





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