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  • I Wanna Do My Move!

    I Wanna Do My Move!


    "Dear Edie, Hi. I kind of have a problem that occurs with some women I dance with. I take advanced classes and have been annoyed and/or confused on what to do about the following: When I perform any connecting move, such as doing a basic turn, grabbing the right hand, turning her, and placing the right hand on the back of my neck, the woman shys away from touching my neck and/or collar just below my neck. It also happens with the same move with the left hand coming over and brushing yo...
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  • Self Confidence

    Self Confidence




    "Dear Edie,
    I would really appreciate any other suggestions, especially about confidence and self confidence."
    - Lacking"
    Dear Lacking, Confidence comes with time and experience. You can’t force it, you must "become it". It happens in the gray matter between your ears. Confidence comes from falling on your face, then picking yourself up again, and starting over. Confidence comes from overcoming great internal mental obstacles. Confidence cannot be purchas...
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  • Too Stiff

    Too Stiff


    "Dear Edie,
    I am from [country], and I love doing the Salsa. I have been learning by going to clubs since about May of 1997. I'm just gonna cut right to the chase. I love doing the Salsa, right, but I have some problems with the way I dance....My favorite dancing partner tells me that I really need to loosen up, that I am too tense and that I dont move my hips enough. I know he is right. Suggestions?
    - Stiff"
    Dear Stiff, Your makeup, in other words, the way God made you, may...
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  • What if...?

    What if...?

    "Dear Edie, I don't know if it's just me, or what, but I'm going to ask anyway. What happens if the [guy or gal] you're dancing with absolutely sucks, and you're in the middle of a real long song, and you just can't take it anymore - they're either hurting you, or not turning nor following correctly, or they're trying to lead YOU, when THEY are supposed to follow... what if the dance ends up in a COMPLETE disaster - BUT THE SONG'S NOT OVER YET????? - Can't Take it Anymore!!! ...
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  • Colombian Salseras

    Colombian Salseras


    The Colombian Flag Waving in London


    "Dear Edie,
    Here in London it has to be said that Colombia rules ok! All the genuine Latino Salsa clubs are Colombian as are the majority of the people in these places. Now, my instructor is Colombian and he teaches us all these fancy moves which I usually try with success...except with Colombian girls! I never have trouble getting dances in Colombian clubs but I'm sure they think we're Martians for just trying a few turns, it
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  • Fancy Footwork

    Fancy Footwork


    "Dear Edie,
    I am so glad I finally met you! You are every bit as great in person as in letters! I would love to see you with your partner, and will surely come find you if I go down to L.A.

    You have inspired me to work on my styling more, practicing footwork, arm flairs, and head stuff AT HOME (!) before I try it at a club. Can I pester you with a few questions? I saw you do some really neat footwork. I often break away from the right-left-right-(tap or kick)-left-right-left-(tap...
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  • Intimidating Invitation

    Intimidating Invitation

    INTIMIDATING WELCOMING INTIMIDATING
    "Dear Edie, In the ballroom world, we teach that you should either accept an invitation to dance, or choose to sit out the dance; invitations from complete strangers are both common and welcome. We also rec...
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  • Salsa Ragdoll

    Salsa Ragdoll

    "Dear Edie, Edie, you seem to have a good handle on the various dynamics of the scene. If you're interested in hearing my little issue, please read on: Saturday at the [club], this guy comes up to me and my friends. I've seen him before b/c he's new to our dance class (Salsa). My only thought in class was that he seems to have taken this "leading" thing to heart. He overleads. FYI he's Latino and pretty decent-looking and he seems to have a huge ego. Further FYI I've been taking lessons for some ...
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  • Let's Talk About Sweat

    Let's Talk About Sweat


    LET'S TALK ABOUT 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, PLEAS...
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  • Salsa Music Works BETTER than Coffee!

    Salsa Music Works BETTER than Coffee!




    Salsa-Holic Story of the Month...


    "Dear Edie, I think you'll be interested to hear the following [Salsa-Holic] story: For the last couple of weeks, I was working on my final project. For the last three days, I had really to get my self in full gear and get the work meet the presentation on due date. To do that I had to work for these three days without any sleep, 72 hours in a row. I know, that's crazy, but I didn't had a choice and I want it to be don...
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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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