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  • 8 Tips to Improve Your Posture in 8 Days!

    8 Tips to Improve Your Posture in 8 Days!




    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!



    • Day 3 - Computer Tips: While at your computer, pull your chair closer to the desk, your mousepad and keyboard AND MONITOR closer to you so you can see and feel everything better.



    • Day 4 - Driving: Get
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  • The Beautiful Woman Buried Deep Inside of Me

    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...
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  • Confused

    Confused


    "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 me know......( I hope it is on the 1 which is the original way....) Thank you
    - Confused"
    Dear Confused, Dancing on the One or the Two is liking knowing Spanish or English. Which is the right language? To dance on any beat, is simply a...
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  • Where to Practice?

    Where to Practice?



    "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 are absolutely broke (like I was), you can get to nightclubs an hour or so before they open - the restaurant-bar types. Just start practicing y...
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  • On-2 In Miami

    On-2 In Miami



    "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 that is a dream come true. We practice EVERY DAY! My question is (Finally!!) I've danced On 1 all my life and am finding it very difficult to master On 2. Should it be easier for me to get On 2 as opposed to a beginner starting On 2? What video would you recommend for an advanced Salsero/Mambero to master the On 2 style? I'm really desperate here! I live in M
    ...
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  • Private Lessons

    Private Lessons


    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 dancing, is to take PRIVATE lessons - not just a group class - from the best recommended instructor in town. Take JUST ONE at first, before you decide on a package deal. You will find, that a Quality instructor will IMMEDIATELY...
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  • Need to Study Moves, but Don't have a Partner?

    Need to Study Moves, but Don't have a Partner?



    Guys Corner:

    If you don't have a partner, are alone, and need to practice your moves...

    "Create" a Partner:

    • Practice with who ever is around. Sister, mother, teacher, friend, big rag doll, big dog, cat...
    • Use a swinging door to practice hand and body placement.
    • Use the door knob as one of the girl's hands, and practice your cross-body leads.
    • Swing the door to the left as you would move a woman's body.
    • Use a wall to practice your arm and body tension against the woman.
    • Drape a pair of pant legs over a chair, and pretend the legs are her arms. (Best #5 connection EVER!!)




    • Practice with the corners of a towel. Pretend the
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  • More on Sweat

    More on Sweat


    MORE ON SWEAT...

    "Dear Edie, I was wondering if you have any tips or comments on the subject of SWEATY MEN!!! Recently I have had several unpleasant experiences of dancing in class and at clubs with men who seem like they have just taken a shower- but let me tell you, they don't smell like it! I understand that clubs and dance studios may be hot and poorly ventilated, but I think I speak for all women in asking the male salseros of the world to PLEASE, PLEASE WEAR DEODORANT!!! Also, it might help if men who get extremely sweaty try: (1) sitting out a dance or two to dry off; (2) bringing a towel; (3) stop leading those full (or any) body contact moves when things start getting out of hand. I know that women sweat as well, bu...
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  • Cuban Motion

    Cuban Motion


    "Dear Edie,
    Can you explain what a CUBAN MOVE is???...it's the hips isn't it?..."
    - non-Cuban"


    Dear non-Cuban,
    It’s called Cuban motion. It’s the unique ability to dance, moving upper body from side to side (from your rib cage) while keeping your hips, rear, and legs relatively still (not bouncing up and down nor rocking back and forth, nor moving) I explain how to do and tech Cuban Movement in my Salsa Syllabus volume 1 DVD. You can really tell the difference - especially when the men apply "true Cuban motion" from their chests and rib cages. ...
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  • Thank you for the Beginner's Corner

    Thank you for the Beginner's Corner



    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
    ...
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    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!



    • Day 3 - Computer Tips: While at your computer, pull your chair closer to the desk, your mousepad and keyboard AND MONITOR closer to you so you can see and feel everything better.



    • Day 4 - Driving: Get
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  • The Beautiful Woman Buried Deep Inside of Me
    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 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...
    01-20-2013, 02:56 PM
  • Confused
    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 me know......( I hope it is on the 1 which is the original way....) Thank you
    - Confused"
    Dear Confused, Dancing on the One or the Two is liking knowing Spanish or English. Which is the right language? To dance on any beat, is simply a...
    11-19-2012, 12:49 PM
  • Where to Practice?
    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 are absolutely broke (like I was), you can get to nightclubs an hour or so before they open - the restaurant-bar types. Just start practicing y...
    11-19-2012, 11:44 AM
  • On-2 In Miami
    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 that is a dream come true. We practice EVERY DAY! My question is (Finally!!) I've danced On 1 all my life and am finding it very difficult to master On 2. Should it be easier for me to get On 2 as opposed to a beginner starting On 2? What video would you recommend for an advanced Salsero/Mambero to master the On 2 style? I'm really desperate here! I live in M
    ...
    11-19-2012, 07:37 AM
  • Private Lessons
    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 dancing, is to take PRIVATE lessons - not just a group class - from the best recommended instructor in town. Take JUST ONE at first, before you decide on a package deal. You will find, that a Quality instructor will IMMEDIATELY...
    11-18-2012, 11:41 PM
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