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  • I don't want to be boring

    I don't want to be boring


    "But I don't want to be a
    boring dancer to them..."

    - from a Budding Salsero
    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK

    Some men have a "list" of female dancers they only dream about asking "some day".

    Gentlemen, if you want to improve,
    you've got to swallow your pride,
    and just ask high-caliber females to dance once in a while.

    They won't bite you.


    To get better, on occasion, you've got to practice with some of the best female dancers to build your confidence. You'll find that these women are easier to lead, and are familiar with the moves that you've been learning from watching, or taking classes, or are ultimately interested in doing. You can even tell her, "You know what, I'm not that great of a dancer, but I really would like to be. May I have this next dance with you for...
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  • The Copa Salsa / Mambo Step - It's historical origins and name

    The Copa Salsa / Mambo Step - It's historical origins and name

    The "Copa" Step - It's Historical Origins from New York


    Eddie Torres, The Legendary Mambo King

    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!

    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 times we take the lady out again or because we have to take her out?If it is about the position,is it about the position of the feet or the position of the body?Also,our teacher speaks about open copa postion and closed position...I really want to know your opinion because you are an expert...Thx in advance and keep up the good job!!!
    - Tasos
    "The Copa" step has been named many names throughout the world, ...
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  • She Talks Way Too Much!

    She Talks Way Too Much!


    She Talks Waaaaaaayyyy Too Much!!
    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!
    www.SalsaFreak.com

    "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 DANCE I NEVER WANTED TO DANCE WITH HER AGAIN. She's a great follow, don't get me wrong, but after about a minute and half into the song, I did not know how to go about basically telling her to "shut the f.... up" while we are dancing together. I'm telling you, she just about broug...
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  • High Heels are Killing Me

    High Heels are Killing Me




    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 well. My dancing is less fluid and relaxed. I am more inhibited. Oh, and I am a single mom. My time to go out dancing is limited....so I have to make the MOST of the FUN when I do have time to go out (I try to make it 1-2 times a week and am lucky when that happens). I have been dancing since 1998 (with a 6 year break while I ...
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  • Addicted to a Salera's Smile

    Addicted to a Salera's Smile

    "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 dislike for ‘feminism’ and you are evidently a Web Freak so why is that I find you so marvelous and your work so utterly precious? Let me deal with the web thing quickly - I don’t really hate the web... I hate browsers and the way they dribble information to the screen. Here is an analogy which I think explains my perspective. Browsing the web is like going to a fine restaurant and ordering an exquisite meal only to find that you are serv...
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  • The Feminist Salsera

    The Feminist Salsera


    "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 people have to participate. The man does not drag the woman around, she has to hold her own and move herself. Both people work together to make something beautiful.
    ...
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  • Dear Edie...

    Dear Edie...

    Topics are located to the left in the "Sections" Column






    Edie's World Famous Advice Column.... IS BACK!!! OMG!

    Any questions, advice, or dance tips you'd like the entire WORLD to know about?

    Your questions will be left anonymous, unless you tell me otherwise.
    Simply ask me here


    Leave your Comments after articles you read!!!
    People would love to hear your opinions!!








    ______________________________________________________________________________


    The Story of the "Dear Edie..." Advice Column ...
    After years of ... well you know, the usual.. travel, travel, travel... I have
    ...
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  • We Have a Situation...

    We Have a Situation...



    "Dear Edie,
    As a member of a [certain dance group] I found my self in a situation that I didn't expect. We were working on a choreography for a merengue, sort of like a Casina Rueda but it turned out that one of the girls that recently joined had certain body fragrances that woke me up! I want to be nice and tell her but I don't know how to it with out hurting her feelings and loosing someone with a joy for dancing from the group. Should I get one of the other girls to mention something or what? I need your Help. I read your page on help http://www.Salsafreak.com/stories/help.htm and it mentions nothing on how to approach this problem on a girl. I
    ...
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  • Long Hair

    Long Hair


    "Dear Edie,

    I saw your article about long hair, but I really can't go to a salon every time I go dancing. My hair is halfway down my back and pretty thick, so when guys spin me it slaps them in the face if it's in a ponytail or it gets tangled in our arms if we try to do multiple spins.

    I've tried French twists and buns and it will not stay up. I'm ready to cut it all off unless you have some other suggestions.

    Hope to hear from you"
    - Ready to Cut it Off


    Dear Ready to Cut it Off,
    FOR GOD’S SAKE, DON’T CUT YOUR HAIR!!! Some women dance fine with their hair down. Their partn...
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  • Ms. Sweat

    Ms. Sweat





    HEY LADY,
    I absolutely love your web site, and I need help here. You probably have put some advice on this already. I did read up on the taking a small towel with you when you go out dancing, but what is a Salsera to do when she is the one that sweats up a storm?

    I’ve read somewhere a while back that taking a certain vitamin or something can prevent one from sweating so much, y como a mi me encanta tirar los pasos ya tu sae......... bueno sweat sweat sweat it is for me so any advice pleaseeeeee send it to me I'd appreciate it big!!!!! Thank you...........Salsera lost in Washington dc (smile)
    Respetamente, Ms. Sweat
    Dear Ms. S...
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  • I don't want to be boring
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    "But I don't want to be a
    boring dancer to them..."

    - from a Budding Salsero
    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK

    Some men have a "list" of female dancers they only dream about asking "some day".

    Gentlemen, if you want to improve,
    you've got to swallow your pride,
    and just ask high-caliber females to dance once in a while.

    They won't bite you.


    To get better, on occasion, you've got to practice with some of the best female dancers to build your confidence. You'll find that these women are easier to lead, and are familiar with the moves that you've been learning from watching, or taking classes, or are ultimately interested in doing. You can even tell her, "You know what, I'm not that great of a dancer, but I really would like to be. May I have this next dance with you for...
    02-03-2014, 09:44 AM
  • The Copa Salsa / Mambo Step - It's historical origins and name
    staffster
    The "Copa" Step - It's Historical Origins from New York


    Eddie Torres, The Legendary Mambo King

    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!

    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 times we take the lady out again or because we have to take her out?If it is about the position,is it about the position of the feet or the position of the body?Also,our teacher speaks about open copa postion and closed position...I really want to know your opinion because you are an expert...Thx in advance and keep up the good job!!!
    - Tasos
    "The Copa" step has been named many names throughout the world, ...
    07-18-2013, 07:38 PM
  • She Talks Way Too Much!
    staffster

    She Talks Waaaaaaayyyy Too Much!!
    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!
    www.SalsaFreak.com

    "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 DANCE I NEVER WANTED TO DANCE WITH HER AGAIN. She's a great follow, don't get me wrong, but after about a minute and half into the song, I did not know how to go about basically telling her to "shut the f.... up" while we are dancing together. I'm telling you, she just about broug...
    06-13-2013, 11:45 AM
  • High Heels are Killing Me
    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 well. My dancing is less fluid and relaxed. I am more inhibited. Oh, and I am a single mom. My time to go out dancing is limited....so I have to make the MOST of the FUN when I do have time to go out (I try to make it 1-2 times a week and am lucky when that happens). I have been dancing since 1998 (with a 6 year break while I ...
    11-19-2012, 04:37 PM
  • Addicted to a Salera's Smile
    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 dislike for ‘feminism’ and you are evidently a Web Freak so why is that I find you so marvelous and your work so utterly precious? Let me deal with the web thing quickly - I don’t really hate the web... I hate browsers and the way they dribble information to the screen. Here is an analogy which I think explains my perspective. Browsing the web is like going to a fine restaurant and ordering an exquisite meal only to find that you are serv...
    11-19-2012, 09:06 AM
  • The Feminist Salsera
    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 people have to participate. The man does not drag the woman around, she has to hold her own and move herself. Both people work together to make something beautiful.
    ...
    11-19-2012, 08:53 AM
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