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Edie, The Salsa FREAK's World Famous "Dear Edie..." column... Advice for the Budding Salsero, Relationship Questions, Dance Tips, and MORE!!!

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  • Advice About Instructors, for Students

    Advice About Instructors, for Students



    Advice for those that take PRIVATE LESSONS...

    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!

    "Dear Edie,
    I just spent over $1,000 dollars on private lessons. I feel like the gal I was taken lessons with just didn't show me how the lead is supposed to feel. I think I need to start now and try with a guy, but I feel creepy dancing with a guy (I'm a guy). Any advice?


    - New Student.


    Dear New Student,
    We have a great article called "Choosing...
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  • We Need Better Women

    We Need Better Women

    I just can't get her to "move / respond" like the pros ... "Dear Edie, I've been taking a lot of lessons lately, and have now been to a few Salsa congresses. To tell you the truth, I wish the women in my town would invest the time and effort it takes to get better at Salsa dancing. I'm finding that the better I get, the more frustrated I am with the women I dance with in my town. They just don't seem to "get it" that the women we love dancing with have speed, balance and control. These g...
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  • Baggage Boy

    Baggage Boy



    Baggage Boy ...

    "Dear Edie,
    I keep asking this girl to dance and she keeps saying "no" every single time. What should I do??? - Baggage Boy"


    ... a few days later.

    "Dear Edie,
    This guy that reminds me of my ex keeps asking me to dance and I keep refusing. What should I do???. - Baggage Lady"


    ... a few days later... from Baggage Boy:

    "Dear Edie,
    I took your advice and stopped asking her
    ...
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  • A Little Too Much

    A Little Too Much



    A Little Too Much ...

    "Dear Edie,
    When I woke up this morning, a little groggy, as I went into the bathroom, I noticed that I was giving the door a lead. I'm not certain, I could be wrong on this, but I think the door complained. - Chris"

    ... a few days later.

    "Dear Edie,
    By the way, my door and I have worked out our partnership problems."...
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