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  • How I discovered La Vida Salsa

    How I discovered La Vida Salsa

    Sometimes, it only takes one person or event to illuminate the path we are walking on or to cast a shadow so that we can see the alternatives. For me, it was a few critical things in succession that led me to Salsa. And fortunately, the timing was right for me to see the path I was on and the alternatives. The path I was on was leading to a very dark unhappy place. I was depressed, over eating, drinking more than was appropriate and not feeling particularly good about myself and defiantly not attr...
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  • Having a syllabus is important

    Having a syllabus is important

    When I took my first dance lesson, the instructor was just pulling moves out of a hat. No structure, no organization. After two months of this we would repeat the basics because new people jumped in. He never accommodated for that. I went to another instructor that did much better but sitll didn't have a syllabus. Before I started teaching, I asked myself "What should I teach?, Where should I begin?" The answers came and I started to write down what would a beginner (absolute beginner) NEED. Not w...
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  • Avoiding the Sleaze Factor in Close Partner Dancing

    Avoiding the Sleaze Factor in Close Partner Dancing


    Photo by Bob Mcgahan

    I asked about 75 students at a recent Partner Connection workshop, "How many of you have ever had a close, body-to-body dance and felt uncomfortable or yucky?" I then asked, "How many of you have ever had a close, body-to-body dance and felt comfortable?" The same people put up their hands. More and more, as a result of spending so much time on the subject, people (mostly girls) share with me their stories of Emotional Connection on the dance floor...
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  • Division in the dance community (any dance community)

    Division in the dance community (any dance community)

    I felt compelled to write this article because many ask me why so and so didn't show up or why was so and so not invite, etc.... It is hard when there is division in the dance community. It truly serves no purpose.

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    Have you ever wondered why some dance communities have "divisions"? Have you ever wondered why instructors, promoters, dancers just don't unite and be one happy family? This is not an easy topic to pin p...
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  • It is your money....choose wisely

    It is your money....choose wisely

    In today's world... it appears as if there is an "instructor" at every corner. There are plenty who THINK they can teach. This is a disservice tot he dance community. SO... what to do? YOU as an aspiring student should/must do some research. Ask around....

    Below are just a few things to look for in an "instructor". This is not an all inclusive list. I am sure others could add some great qualities not listed here.

    BE AWARE THAT A GREAT DANCER DOES NOT EQUAL TO A GREAT...
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  • How do you SPIN so fast?

    How do you SPIN so fast?



    Spins

    Edie, How Do You Spin so Long, and So Fast?


    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK Ever since I learned how to spin - and FAST (I was 34 years old when I learned) people have ALWAYS come up to me and asked, ‘Geez Edie, how do you spin like that?’ Well, I’m here to tell you, I didn’t always spin like that. It took training, time, education, falls, twisted ankles, mental determination, and LOTS of practice. Like I tell all my st...
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  • Are You Kissable?

    Are You Kissable?



    In order to be danceable you must be kissable.

    I have lost count of how many girls I have danced with who are sporting body odor and/or bad breath.

    We all have our moments of being unorganized but our dance partners appreciate it when we:
    • brush our teeth
    • use an appropriate dose of deodorant
    • wash our hands when visiting the bathroom
    • wear fresh clean clothes that don't have that not-quite dried smell
    Most dancers I know tend to leave at...
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  • Salsa and Drag Queens

    Salsa and Drag Queens

    For most of my life, Oz was the magical land where Dorothy ended up after being rescued by a tornado from the drudgery that was her life in black and white Kansas. But on Bourbon Street, Oz is nothing of the sort. I landed in New Orleans earlier in the day with a group of eight of my non-dancing chapter-mates for the Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society Convention. Each of us has will present work that we’ve written and had accepted: academic essays, poetry, and in my case,...
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  • Practice: No partner? No space? No problem!

    Practice: No partner? No space? No problem!

    When I was just starting to learn Latin dance I received compliments from some of my dance partners who commented, 'You must have been practicing a lot this past week!' It was a great feeling to receive that kind of positive feedback and to look over at my teacher and receive his 'You're doing well' grin. I'm going to let you in on a little secret of mine: I didn't do all that much practice. Well, not that much physical practice. My then girlfriend and I would typically have an impro...
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  • Salsa Steals

    Salsa Steals

    I didn’t know what to expect the first time we stole a woman on the dance floor . . . the expression on her face was casino-bright, her eyes sparkling, smile beaming like a spotlight. We had hit the jackpot. It was not only fun for us, but it gave her something that she had never experienced before. That first night turned into a marathon of stealing. Each woman was just as happy and blown away as the first. Since then, we’ve stolen hundreds of women back and forth in our dances, and the rea...
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