No announcement yet.

Thank you for the Beginner's Corner


  • Thank you for the Beginner's Corner

    Click image for larger version

Name:	bud.jpg
Views:	1
Size:	3.9 KB
ID:	5027

    Edie, I don’t really have a question. Just wanted to let you know how reassuring it is to read the stuff in the
    Beginners Corner. Learning Salsa has been a struggle. I thought there was something wrong with my “musicality” but then I learned of musicians that arrange Salsa and can’t dance to their own music. So this is hard stuff and on more than one occasion I have been ready to quit but right now I’m on an all out attack using no fewer than four instructors on and off. Here is the most embarrassing thing: I have learned the most from the instructor I least expected to learn from. She is one of those natural dancers, raised in [city] and is strict about timing. Although my timing is far from perfect it has improved to the point of getting through an entire song doing shines without missing a beat thanks to her.

    Well, in any case, thanks for the
    Beginners Corner.

    - A Determined Student

    • ediester
      ediester commented
      Editing a comment
      Hi Edie,

      Just wanted to thank you for a great description of Salsa beginner's hell, especially as it looks like for men. The funny thing is that after yesterday evening in a Salsa club in Warsaw I was about to quit ("I'll never be able to dance the way those guys do" way of thinking) and your article changed my attitude completely.

      Thank you very much once again

      Cheers Michal
    Posting comments is disabled.

Latest Articles


  • 8 Tips to Improve Your Posture in 8 Days!
    by staffster

    8 Tips to Improve Your Posture in 8 Days!

    • Day 1 - Get a Posture Brace: Wear a comfortable Posture Brace to remind yourself to sit and stand straight, 8 hours a day, but not while sleeping.

    • Day 2 - Breathe deeply! While wearing your posture brace, sit up straight and breathe very deeply. This will encourage your brain in such a positive way, that your BRAIN will actually WANT and CRAVE to make you straight!
    02-20-2016, 04:42 PM
  • The Beautiful Woman Buried Deep Inside of Me
    by ediester
    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...
    01-20-2013, 03:56 PM
  • Confused
    by ediester

    "Dear Edie, Hello ...My name is [name] , I am from [city]. I have been reading about you for almost 20 years. I have been teaching Salsa for the last 5 years ... we are a group that has a great impact on the 'Salsa community' here in [city]. Do you dance & teach on 1 or on the 2????? IF YOU DANCE ON BOTH.....WHICH ONE DO YOU THINK IS THE RIGHT WAY....????? The reason is that we might want to come down to L.A or one of the locations that you have a workshop & check it out... Please let m...
    11-19-2012, 01:49 PM
  • Where to Practice?
    by ediester

    "Hi, Edie
    Could you please direct me? I have just found a partner and we are trying to figure out where we could practice Salsa. What's our best bet? Clubs may not be very conducive for practices, and dance floors may be very expensive (or not?) I live and work in Stamford, CT and she lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan. Thank you for your help, regards
    ... Looking for a place to practice!!! "
    Dear Looking... You can rent space per hour at a dance studio, or if you...
    11-19-2012, 12:44 PM
  • On-2 In Miami
    by ediester

    "Dear Edie,
    I am not exaggerating when I say I spend 10-15 minutes on-line at a time just to get mail etc. but when my curiosity took over and I started reading about you and your dancing tips and everything I was truly astounded! You are really in tune with the people. I spent over an hour on the Dancer Hangout site, which is unheard of for me, fully enjoying every minute of it! I live and breath Salsa myself and recently found a partner through the partner search in my area
    11-19-2012, 08:37 AM
  • Private Lessons
    by ediester

    Take Private Lessons to Get Better!

    You're at a Salsa club, you ask someone to dance, and they say... "Uh... No..., thank you."

    It DOES NOT mean the following:
    • You're ugly
    • You smell bad
    • You're too short
    • You're too fat / tall / skinny / etc...

    It just may mean that you don't lead very well (if you're a guy), or you are too crazy out there to let them control you (if you're a woman) My advice to ANYONE who goes out partner...
    11-19-2012, 12:41 AM