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  • Number ONE Secret to Being an EXCELLENT Social Dancer

    Number ONE Secret to Being an EXCELLENT Social Dancer



    Number One "Excellent Following" Technique:


    Ladies, the following will
    ... make him LOVE dancing with you.
    ... make guys stand in LINE waiting to dance with you.
    ... keep you DANCING on that floor ALL NIGHT LONG!
    It's all about the EGG.

    YOUR "DANCE FRAME" NEEDS TO BE FIRM.

    I CALL THIS THE "EGG". He's got one, you have one.
    Ladies, I used to blame men A LOT for every little thing that went wrong the dance floor. It was always "his fault" in my mind. When I started teaching, and learned how to lead, I went through a HUGE WAKE-UP CALL. If you are dancing NY or LA Style Salsa, Yes, even the ladies need solid frame. (This rule for women does NOT apply to Cuban nor pure ...
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  • I'm an Advanced Dancer. Why Should I Take a Beginner Course?

    I'm an Advanced Dancer. Why Should I Take a Beginner Course?



    "Hi Edie! - I'm an Int/Adv Salsero, and I'm thinking about coming out to the
    bootcamp. Just out of curiosity, what does the bootcamp cover on both days? I know that Saturday is the basics and that Sunday is going to be oriented towards the ladies, but can you break it down just a bit? I'm keen to know what practice I'd get by helping out. Thanks!" - Intermediate / Advanced Hardcore Male Salsero



    Dear "Mr. Hardcore Male Salsero",

    Fella's, I am about to prepare YOUR MIND for the weekend ...and your Ladies.

    Trust me on this one.


    Advanced Guys SUMMARY version:

    1. Saturday: Discover YOUR Bad Habits no one has EVER had the nerve to point out to you.
      (Your cost: Varies per country. You will get a HUGE discount - covers your food).

    2. Sunday: Learn from a woman, EXACTLY "what" women Want, Need, and ... How Often.
      (Your cost: Nothing. We are giving you food in exchange for your warm, handsome... body)



    Advanced Guys DETAILS version:

    Written by Edie, The
    ...
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  • 24 Ways to Dance Salsa On-2

    24 Ways to Dance Salsa On-2

    By Barry Gordan - UK:
    The Creator...



    In order to reduce the size of my spreadsheet, I have shown the 8 beats as groups of 4 beats i.e.
    I counted 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4.**

    Please let me know if you particularly want me to expand the spreadsheet to show all of the 96 possible
    ways to dance Salsa and then pick out the 24 ways of dancing Salsa on Clavé.*

    Ciao, Barry Gordon - creator
    United Kingdom Salsero...
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  • Available Dance Instructors for Hire!

    Available Dance Instructors for Hire!

    If you are a dance instructor, and are available for jobs, please post your name and website here! This is a FREE service from the "Dancer Hangou!t".


    See you on the Dance Floor!
    - Edie, The Salsa FREAK!! http://www.SalsaFreak.com
    www.SalsaFreak.com
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  • Are you looking for a dance instructor? YOU FOUND THE RIGHT PLACE!

    Are you looking for a dance instructor? YOU FOUND THE RIGHT PLACE!

    If you are looking for a dance instructor for your event, your group, or your "self", please put your name and website and/or email address here!

    See you in the Forum!
    - Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!
    www.SalsaFreak.com
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  • Instructors, feel free to post your info here!

    Instructors, feel free to post your info here!

    This is a great place to introduce yourself, meet new students, trade helpful hints, and connect with promoters!
    Click on the sub-menu links to the left, and post your name and website! This is FREE Service!

    - Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!
    www.SalsaFreak.com
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  • Interview of Super Mario by Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!
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    Super Mario – The European “Million Moves Man”.

    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK

    Mario's Website: www.MillionMovesMan.com


    I’ve known Super Mario for years. He is known throughout the world for his amazing lead and incredible moves. His techniques are priceless to Salseros learning this dance. It is rare to find an amazing lead that can also teach well, but for Super Mario, this isn’t a problem. His classes are jam-packed every event with students laughing and learning at the same time. It is for this reason he is booked literally the entire year at virtually every major Congress in every country throughout the world.

    Although his height is VERY above average, Super Mario can make any woman feel as though she is dancing with a man of her same height. When I dance with Super Mario, it is nothing short of exciting and breathtaking. Every single one of his turn patterns is easy to follow, and comfortable for just about any woman, at any level.

    Super Mario didn’t always used to be this way.

    Edie, The Salsa FREAK knows virtually every famous Salsa dancer’s history like a book. I’ll never forget, one Congress in Los Angeles back in the year 2000. Super Mario started getting noticed for his unique moves and style. We danced, and he started putting me into moves and patterns that were confusing and unleadable (that alarming trend hit a lot of good leads at about the same time). Now I could follow just about anything, but a few of these guys were going...
    05-29-2014, 06:08 PM
  • Interview with Enio Cordoba and Terryl Jones
    ediester


    Enio Cordoba and Terryl Jones, Two of the World’s Finest Master Instructors

    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK The caliber of instruction by Enio Cordoba and his partner / fiancée, Terryl Jones is unparalleled. Both teach at the Let’s Dance Studio in Alhambra, California, and have a student base numbering the thousands. Holding classes virtually seven days a week, the Let’s Dance studio has some of the largest dance classes in Southern California. It’s a rarity to catch them outside of their busy studio for a non-interrupted conversation, but I had that opportunity just a few weeks ago. They are both very down to earth, and genuinely nice people, who deeply care about the business and their students. Enio and Terryl have a dance and training background that is to die for. Both have taught and trained with some of the top names in the industry. “Enio and Terryl” have become household names with dancers and instructors from all over the world, eager to take their popular techniques classes, and instructor-training courses. I have known Enio and Terryl for quite some time, and have had the opportunity not only dancing with Enio, but also performing on stage with their dance company. Having been in the Salsa community now for a number of years, and continued my own education from some of the finest instructors in the world, I can often guess who has trained whom. I can always tell an Enio / Terryl-trained student. Whenever I run across one, it’s always a treat dancing with them. Each has a sharp, exciting, and refined lead, with a taste of ballroom, and a mouthful of Latin flavor. Enio and Terryl’s specialty is dancing to the music, which is an entirely different level of education, very difficult to find. Their methods take dance to an entirely different level. This highly professional way of leading can be tricky to follow if you’re always trying to force your basic count and step on the leader. I’ve tried it, and it doesn’t work. What works is hesitating just a bit, and waiting for him. What works is listening to the music. What works is NOT THINKING, letting go, and just enjoying the ride! It’s passion...
    01-31-2013, 08:35 AM
  • Frame Matching - by Joe DeMers
    ediester
    Permission to Re-Publish at Dancer Hangout by Joe DeMers,

    Overstreet Dance Gallery, Littleton, Colorado
    www.overstreetdancegallery.com

    *Email: jddemers@gmail.com

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Frame matching: a framework for teaching Swing and Blues dance partner connection
    Joseph Daniel DeMers


    Science and Educational Psychology, Overstreet Dance Gallery, Denver, CO, USA Frame Matching is a codified theory of partner-dance connection. It establishes a framework for breaking down and teaching Swing and Blues dance connection. It is the act of creating, maintaining, or changing tension between partners with posture and tone, in order to lead and follow energy and direction. Frame Matching is explained in terms of changes in posture, tone, tension, energy, and the direction of energy (ΔPTED). Currently accepted as social dance forms with occasional competitions and performances, Swing and Blues dance styles are learned and appreciated for their culture and histories, as well as execution. Technique and instruction of the dances are continually being redefined with regard to body movement, improvisation, trends in music and style, and partner connection. ‘Frame matching :1 a framework for teaching Swing and Blues dance partner connection’ is the first article of its kind to suggest a framework for teaching partner connection and connection vocabulary in Swing and Blues dance. It adds to previous dance terminology works such as Blair’s (1995) the Dance Terminology Notebook and Moore’s (2009) Ballroom Dancing...
    01-14-2013, 09:39 PM
  • Those Men Look Like Women on Stage
    ediester



    "OK Edie, I just got back from two Salsa Congresses in [city] and [city]. I noticed that most (not all) of the "On-2" routines... well, how can I put this. I'll just say it. OK. All the "On-2" routines, the guys fingers, arm styling, body movements etc., MATCHED THE GIRLS. It looked like a bunch of GIRLS up there, but half of them were MEN!!! What are your thoughts on this? What's up with the men's styling "On-2" lately? I mean, if you take a look at the video, you can clearly see this. And I am NOT the only one noticing this. A number of us were discussing that the LA and Casino style dancer (males) seem to exude more masculinity in their styling. I have nothing against On-2 styling, but I don't know if I could get up there and look like a woman. - Concerned ...
    11-19-2012, 05:57 PM
  • Yes, Girls WANNA Spin to the LEFT!!
    ediester


    Why are the guys no longer multiple-spinning us to the left anymore?

    Left vs Right Multiple Spins

    Spinning Questions ...
    RIGHT HIP PAIN

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT FOR THE GUYS...

    LET ME ASK THIS AGAIN: Why are the guys no longer multiple-spinning us to the left anymore?

    We need some balance guys!!! Give us a BREAK!!! Guys, give us some multiples to the LEFT for a change!!! (pretty please... with sugar on top? ... as she bats her big brown eyelashes...)
    "Dear Edie, I've been dancing for 3 years, one year Cuban and 2 years LA style in Melbourne - Australia - I haven't up till now had a dance partner to practice with and have been doing so for the past 2 months. I have in the past put routines together and have taught basic beginners and Hip Hop funk. My partner and I just recently I had a private with an international instructor. The private was great - however he taught me the New Yo...
    11-19-2012, 05:16 PM
  • Horrible Terrible MP3 Music
    ediester



    Dear Edie, I was at the ’03 SF Congress this last weekend and I believe I’ve had my fill of bad horrible terrible MP3 music used on performer’s routines.
    Here’s what I have to say about it…maybe you could post this so anyone coming up will take your thoughts into consideration when selecting the source of their music!
    BTW, I have never heard any of your routines reflect this MP3’age of routine music, yours is always top-notch!
    Thanks, -Max Noxon, L.A.
    BAD EVIL HORRIBLE MP3 music - By Max Moxon - LA OK I am going to take this on single handedly. I was sitting outside the main doors at the [SF Congress]; I kept hearing the most horrible music during the routines. Many of ...
    11-19-2012, 03:09 PM
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