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Beginning Salsa Dancing, Getting through the pains of being a beginner in the Salsa and Bachata Dance World

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  • Falling into place

    Falling into place

    "Dear Edie, I've been thoroughly enjoying the Dancer Hangout and find your sincere writing style very refreshing. Can you give me some advice for learning Salsa? Before two months ago, I never danced a step in my life. I started out with privates, learning the basics of various ballroom styles plus some east coast swing. I'm finding that I enjoy the Latin dances the most, and Salsa seems to be the most practical because there are so many clubs. However I don't really want to emphasize just on...
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  • Bloom Where You Are Planted

    Bloom Where You Are Planted



    My tribute to Janette Valenzuela. www.JanetteValenzuela.com
    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!

    I have told the following story to women all over the world. Now I'd like to share it here, at Dancer Hangout with all of you.

    I had just started to learn this "Salsa dance" and was taking private lessons twice a week with Luis Vazquez. He told me that I was ready to start dancing with the better dancers now, and that I should kick it...
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  • Eaten Alive

    Eaten Alive

    "Dear Edie, Hi! Nice website. I love this Dancer Hangout! - Getting addicted to reading it during the day, getting READY to dancing it all night long! I am brand new to the Salsa scene. I have just started taking lessons. Should I go to the clubs and try out what I know so far, or will I get eaten alive? I barely have my Cuban motion down, and I don't have a partner. My friend said that there would be many women willing to teach me, but I just don't believe him. I have had one private lesson...
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  • No Soul

    No Soul

    "Dear Edie, I saw something I found humorous the other day at a club. There was this guy showing off for a group of female beginners (he was spinning one of them and doing some nice steps as they ooohed and aahhed). He had the steps right and he managed to get the women through the steps, but he had no Cuban motion and no style, it was like mass-produced dance, no soul. Even I could tell that this guy was missing something very big. I later found out he was a student-turned-instructor. How could a dance...
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  • LA Style is On The One

    LA Style is On The One


    Los Angeles ... California Salseras Dance "On-1"
    "Dear Edie, I got [instructor]'s tapes the other day and watched them both non stop. They are excellent. Some of the steps I haven't seen before. I spoke to [my friend] after seeing them and asked what was different about LA style and he said that you dance on 2. Is this true? and if it is why does [instructor] teach it on 1. We dance on 1 here although I have seen and many times myself switch to 3, depending on the previous manouver
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  • Scared Spitless

    Scared Spitless

    "Dear Edie, What do you think about the following? Most guys that are taking the Salsa class with me don't feel comfortable (or confident) to ask "good" dancers to dance with them because if a guy makes (a) mistake(s) the good dancer won't dance with them again. I think we are perhaps intermediate dancers, but to become good ones we have to dance with the good dancers, but it is like a catch 20/20? I know that you can take private lessons (which I am seriously considering). Do you have any othe...
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  • The Shy Salsero

    The Shy Salsero

    "Dear Edie, I need some advice. I am at what I consider the practice level. I go to a club to learn and have fun. I have no problem asking women of the same attitude to dance with me. But when I go to a club and everyone is at the "show off and have fun" level, I get real shy. You may have noticed when we went dancing, I watched rather than participated. How do women who are really good respond to dancing with someone who isn't? First impressions really count, and I don't want the good dan...
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  • The Asking

    The Asking

    The asking, asking a woman to dance, asking to dance, asking someone to dance,
    Asking a woman to dance. The Asking. Dear Edie My Salsa-spirit is taking a down-turn. I am finally getting the nerve to ask women to dance at the clubs but they all say no. I have never danced at this club, so it can't be the way I dance. I always shower/shave/brush before I go out, and I dress nice. I am polite and just ask "would you like to dance". Then they say no thank you. After three no thank you's I ...
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  • Beginner Class Attitude and Etiquette

    Beginner Class Attitude and Etiquette



    Beginner Class Attitude and Etiquette
    ... "Dear Edie, I enjoyed the series of letters about the "beginner man" on the club scene. I wanted to add a comment about a few issues that I believe need to be addressed on this subject not only on the club scene but also in the dance class setting. Let me preface by saying that I am a beginner female with some previous dance experience. I have been taking beginning classes for several months, and plan to take them for several more. After
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  • Changing Instructors

    Changing Instructors


    "Dear Edie, I'm really glad you have decided to do a beginners page. I think it will be very helpful to us all. I have come to the point where I feel I need to start taking some private lessons, and want your advice on how to proceed. I have thought about my goals, and at this point, I want to: (1) clean up my basics; (2) learn all the "moves" that are thrown at me on the dance floor; (3) learn styling techniques; (4) expand my repertoire of potential partners. I don't think t...
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