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  • Salsa Numbs the Pain

    Salsa Numbs the Pain


    "Dear Edie, First I want to tell you that I enjoy your web sight. It's funny, informative, and honest with THE BEST ON THE INTERNET for helpful tips regarding the Salsa world. My name is [name] and yes, I got bitten by the Salsa bug. I just started a routine where I am taking one to two classes a week. Just when I start feeling confident, I goof on the dance floor. I know it depends on the person, but what is the average time in mastering this beautiful art? The other night I went...
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  • Lazy Arm

    Lazy Arm


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    Dear Edie, I would be interested to know if any other guys out there have danced with girls which have "Lazy Arm Syndrome" Some girls seem to unconsciously forget to support there right arm while dancing leaving it to the guy to hold there arm up. They seem to be unaware that they are doing this and even when told (in the nicest possible way) they seem to have only limited success in correcting it. I have even tried getting them to support t...
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  • Dis-Enchanted

    Dis-Enchanted

    "Dear Edie, I had a question about how you approach the dance as you become more proficient in your dancing. If you want to put this in one of your columns, feel free. Just leave my name off. Before I get, started, I want to say that I love dancing with all levels of dancers. I'm not becoming a snob.* I've been hitting the clubs at least four times a week. Since I joined the [Salsa dance company], and started helping teach some of the leader's classes, I'm finding: 1. That the music that the...
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  • Be A Man

    Be A Man

    Hi, here is my question, I consider myself a little bit above average Salsa dancer, I can keep in step very well with just about any woman , but recently I had the privilege to dance with a very nice Puerto Rican lady. While dancing in the basic mode (hands together) I have no problem staying in step , while giving her more than basic turns I still keep up with her pretty good , the problem is that once I let go of her and start dancing free, I cannot pick up on her step what so ever. ...
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  • Where There is a Will, There is a Way

    Where There is a Will, There is a Way

    Dear Edie, I love Salsa dancing more than just about anything and hope someday to be able to perform and compete. I am a female musician and have experience in many other kinds of dance including ballet, jazz, modern, Middle Eastern, and Indian classical dance. Whenever I am in my hometown or traveling, I try to take as many classes (usually private) as possible. After finishing school, I'm considering moving to a city where I could find more opportunities for learning Salsa. However, at the...
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  • The Short Italian

    The Short Italian

    "Dear Edie, I'll try to write you at my best, but please excuse me for my bad english (I'm not American). I need some advice from you. I've recently discovered the "Salsa World" and I have immediately fell in love with it. I started going in the nightclubs and dancing. I'm also taking a group class, but I'm not satisfied. I know that I need some private lessons, but in Italy teachers do only group classes. I think Salsa is getting in fashion here but, up to now, I haven't found a very good danci...
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  • Salsero del Ambiente

    Salsero del Ambiente

    "Dear Edie, I was wondering how many gay or lesbian Salseros you know. Because Salsa is such a male-female arrangement (as most couples dances are I suppose) I suspect that gay salseros must be in hiding. I certainty wouldn't expect them to dance with members of their own gender in mainstream settings (although women seem to be able to get away with this without anyone freaking out). I once had the privilege of going to a gay Salsa club in Queens, NY while on vacation (itwas across the street from...
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  • Full Body Contact

    Full Body Contact



    "Dear Edie, I am curious to know how you handle men you consider to be acting fresh. For example, the last time that I went out dancing, there was this one fellow who insisted on full body contact during the entire song. This was not just with me, but all his partners! I am not accustomed to this sort of intimacy on a dance floor, except with favorite partners (good dancers that I've known awhile, that don't smell bad), and usually only with a tango or a fox trot. - Full Body...
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  • Salsa Dog

    Salsa Dog




    "Dear Edie, I was dancing with this one guy, and he actually had the temerity to run his hand over my nipples when I was turning. I was really offended. So, do I just refuse him next time he asks, slap him, walk off the dance floor, strong arm him (push him away) or what? I was dressed conservatively, in my mind. I'm wondering if maybe I was being too provocative, or if this guy was just a jerk. I was under the impression that Salsa is a sexy dance, so I was dancing sexy. Your ...
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  • Desperate from England

    Desperate from England



    Dear Edie, My friends and I go dancing several nights a week in an effort to meet women, yet despite dancing with maybe 20 or 30 different partners during the course of a typical week we always seem to fail in the "lurve" stakes. I've suggested to my friend that we concentrate on a dozen or so of the more likely candidates, but he feels that we should continue to play the numbers game as the laws of probability are on our side. I think that part of the problem is that we have a dan...
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  • I don't want to be boring
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    Dearest Edie, I have one question and although I suppose they send you hundreds of messages and you don't have time to answer them all,I will ask anyhow...My question is this: is copa a position or all the procedure to bring the lady inside and then take her out again?Is it called ''in and out'' unofficially because most of the t...
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    She Talks Waaaaaaayyyy Too Much!!
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    "Dear Edie, I have a situation. I had a dance recently with a woman and we were doing great on the dancefloor until she started "re-affirming" what I was doing, and asking if she did this right, did that right... it was like, "Was I supposed to turn there?.... Did I do too many turns? .... Am I supposed to go left, right... did I step back ok...???" OMG... BY THE END OF THE DANC...
    06-13-2013, 11:45 AM
  • High Heels are Killing Me
    by ediester



    Dear Edie I live in on the east coast and have followed your articles for years. You are a great inspiration to me. I have a nagging question and just know you are the one to ask. I am 41 years old and a pretty good dancer. I practice all the time. I STUDY dancing...videos, you tube, performances, classes, private lessons, etc. But you know what - my dancing SUCKS (well maybe doesn't suck, but is nowhere near as good) in HIGH heels. I have no fun. I can't spin as wel...
    11-19-2012, 04:37 PM
  • Addicted to a Salera's Smile
    by ediester
    "Dear Edie, I’m just writing to say hello. I will start by saying what I’m sure hundreds of others have already said: in your brilliant writing you make yourself so plainly understood and convey the complex and wonderful joy of the Salsa experience so clearly that it’s hard not to think of you as an old friend. :-) But I will add this. Although I am a man I am a feminist, and although I work with computers for a living I hate browsing the web. I know you have a strong ...
    11-19-2012, 09:06 AM
  • The Feminist Salsera
    by ediester

    "Dear Edie,
    I first would like to thank you for an incredible website. However, I have been frequently disappointed by your articles concerning feminism. I have always believed, and I think most feminists and dictionaries would agree with me that a feminist is a person who believes in equality between men and women. Male-bashing does not fit this description because feminism's goal is not to put down either sex. To me dancing is a great metaphor for feminism because in dancing both
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    11-19-2012, 08:53 AM
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