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  • What Happened?!?!?

    What Happened?!?!?

    "Leading is an art. Paint your picture, and keep her beautifully and comfortably... a part of it." - Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!



    Bathroom / WC / Toilette Conversations

    “Ya’ know… he used to be a great lead. What Happened to That Guy?

    It’s amazing what you hear when you’re in the restroom (WC/toilet) of a nightclub.
    ... If only the opposite sex could hear some of the whispering conversations in there

    About Last Night ...

    I was at a local nightclub here in [city], and I recognized a gentleman that I remember dancing with about a year ago. I remembered how fabulous of a lead he was. I remembered his easy-to-follow turn patterns, combinations, and style. He made me feel like a million dollars out there. I remember him making me feel sexy. I remember him making me feel like a woman....
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  • One - A Profound Relationships Study

    One - A Profound Relationships Study



    One...

    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!

    Reference: "Survival Guide to Relationships in the Dance Scene" E-Study-Guide


    As I was writing this article, I was discussing the subject with a very good friend of mine from New York named Manny Siverio.
    He told me something very simple, yet VERY profound.

    "You know Edie, for a relationship to really work, we have to become happy, complete, and One with ourselves first. You take that "One", whole person, pair them up with another "whole" person, and One times One is One. Together they would become One. comfortable with...
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  • LA Style Salsa

    LA Style Salsa



    LA Style Salsa...
    How it started... Part 1 of 10...

    Conversation started today:

    Hello Edie. My name is Amnon Willinger, and I'm a Salsa dancer and instructor from Israel.
    I am currently doing some personal research on the evolution of Salsa music and dancing and I was wondering if I can ask you a few questions, as you are one of the most experienced and known Salsa dancers in the world.

    Assuming this message won't get lost in facebook's spam section, I will be very grateful for your help.


    Edie: Sure! What would you like to know?


    Amnon Willinger I am familiar with the annual Salsa Competitions (started in the late 90s) in LA which contributed to the popul...
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  • Routine Plagiarism: How Far is TOO Far?

    Routine Plagiarism: How Far is TOO Far?


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    Courtesy of Vino Photography
    In the dance world, people will always copy dance moves, patterns, tricks etc. It is an inevitable part of the business which performers and instructors have come to accept, tolerate, and sometimes are even flattered by the homage. There are many people who are fans and have been inspired by International teams/artists and pay tribute to their dance gurus by adding a move, a trick, a pattern into their routine; But when does this practice go too far? Where should the line be drawn as to what is homage and what is dance plagiarism? There has been a recent uprising ...
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  • Dancers Who Smoke

    Dancers Who Smoke



    When you're dancing with someone who smokes, and you don't, or, you are a smoker and are dancing with a non-smoker, this is what you do.

    If you are a smoker:
    5 seconds before you get up to dance:
    • 1st Put out your cigarette in an ash tray- do not carry it to the dance floor, drop it out there, then step on it to put it out. Number one, this shows you have no class, and second, you, your partner, or others may accidentally step on it and slip and fall.
    • 2nd Take a swig of anything liquid nearby. Swish it around in your gums and around your tongue to get rid of that "ashtray" stench. Unless you're carrying a spittoon, you'll
    ...
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  • The Dress Devil

    The Dress Devil



    THE DRESS DEVIL Special thanks to Yohay Aharon for submitting this.. It is Saturday night or any other evening wear your Salsa virus is taking over your mind, body, and soul. You are going to a club where you know there is a good music, dance floor and beautiful ladies. You are going to enjoy a great night of Salsa dancing! The band is playing Frankie Ruiz’s "Puerto Rico" and you are scanning the area for the prefect dance partner. You finally lay your eyes on a beautiful, well dressed lady who waits for someone to ask her to dance. You approach her very gently and ask her for the dance. She, of course, cannot resist your charm and lets you lead her to the dance floor. You're already scheming and planning in your brilliant salsa mind all your slick dance moves -...
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  • Get out of my FACE!!!

    Get out of my FACE!!!

    You know, you're having a great time dancing with a guy, and suddenly all you see is his FACE in YOURS, about 2 centimeters away??? (If you've been out enough, we've ALL run into this at one point or another....) Then, if he talks to you, you can literally feel his SPIT splatter all over your face!! YUCK!! At first, you think to yourself, "Well, it was just a slip, maybe he lost balance.. whatever...no big deal" BUT. He does it again, and again, and AGAIN, and it's almost as if he wants to kiss you every other turn!!! If you're NOT at all attracted to this guy (and even if you were...), you're thinking to yourself, "WHOA! Stay back!!! What are you doing?" OK Guy...
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  • Dance Shoe Tips

    Dance Shoe Tips



    HUGE MONEY SAVER:

    Spray paint (not brush-paint) or air-brush your dance shoes if they get too scuffed up!

    I have one pair that's been SEVEN DIFFERENT COLORS.

    You can match ANY outfit with your shoes now!

    TIPS:
    • I "spray paint" brush ups almost weekly
    • Don't bother with trying clean up the scuff marks (if you absolute must, rubbing alcohol with a pinch of salt does the trick).
    • IMPORTANT: You must buy the spray paint at shoe repair shops, or "Vinyl Spray Paint" they sell at Automotive Dealerships.
    • DO NOT just go to any Hardware store - some of the spray paint is oil - based and it takes forever to dry, and will A
    ...
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  • Eat BEFORE You Go Dancing!

    Eat BEFORE You Go Dancing!



    Eat something nutritious before you go dancing.
    You'll need and use the energy!

    Plus you won't feel famished afterward, and overeat!!


    I find that when I eat BEFORE I go dancing, I am less likely to overeat afterward.

    When I need to lose a few pounds, my next meal after dancing all night is later on that morning (AFTER I'VE SLEPT FOR A FEW HOURS)!!!

    "Edie, you see, there is no such thing as'tomorrow' for a Salsero... it's always...'later on today'...!"
    - Quote from ""Dragos, Romanian Master Instructor, www.SalsaGalaxy.com Happy Sleeping! ...
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  • no, No NO GARLIC!!!

    no, No NO GARLIC!!!



    Don't EAT GARLIC THAT WHOLE DAY....NO, NO, NO onions or GARLIC!!!.
    (even the smell of a recent burger on someone's breath is noticeable.....) There is NOTHING WORSE than dancing with someone and KNOWING what they just ate - ESPECIALLY onions and garlic!! When a man or woman smells of garlic, you bet I will tell them - even if I don't know them very well. You will not believe the "Thank you"'s and words of appreciation I get from people who are completely unaware of their odors. They right away put their hand over their mouth, ask me for gum, or go to the bathroom and wash up. I've had some people even leave the club for 30 minutes and come back smelling better! Thi...
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  • What Happened?!?!?
    staffster
    "Leading is an art. Paint your picture, and keep her beautifully and comfortably... a part of it." - Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!



    Bathroom / WC / Toilette Conversations

    “Ya’ know… he used to be a great lead. What Happened to That Guy?

    It’s amazing what you hear when you’re in the restroom (WC/toilet) of a nightclub.
    ... If only the opposite sex could hear some of the whispering conversations in there

    About Last Night ...

    I was at a local nightclub here in [city], and I recognized a gentleman that I remember dancing with about a year ago. I remembered how fabulous of a lead he was. I remembered his easy-to-follow turn patterns, combinations, and style. He made me feel like a million dollars out there. I remember him making me feel sexy. I remember him making me feel like a woman....
    03-01-2015, 10:55 PM
  • One - A Profound Relationships Study
    staffster


    One...

    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!

    Reference: "Survival Guide to Relationships in the Dance Scene" E-Study-Guide


    As I was writing this article, I was discussing the subject with a very good friend of mine from New York named Manny Siverio.
    He told me something very simple, yet VERY profound.

    "You know Edie, for a relationship to really work, we have to become happy, complete, and One with ourselves first. You take that "One", whole person, pair them up with another "whole" person, and One times One is One. Together they would become One. comfortable with...
    01-18-2014, 12:13 PM
  • LA Style Salsa
    staffster


    LA Style Salsa...
    How it started... Part 1 of 10...

    Conversation started today:

    Hello Edie. My name is Amnon Willinger, and I'm a Salsa dancer and instructor from Israel.
    I am currently doing some personal research on the evolution of Salsa music and dancing and I was wondering if I can ask you a few questions, as you are one of the most experienced and known Salsa dancers in the world.

    Assuming this message won't get lost in facebook's spam section, I will be very grateful for your help.


    Edie: Sure! What would you like to know?


    Amnon Willinger I am familiar with the annual Salsa Competitions (started in the late 90s) in LA which contributed to the popul...
    11-14-2013, 03:03 PM
  • Routine Plagiarism: How Far is TOO Far?
    amy

    Zafire Pro Team
    Courtesy of Vino Photography
    In the dance world, people will always copy dance moves, patterns, tricks etc. It is an inevitable part of the business which performers and instructors have come to accept, tolerate, and sometimes are even flattered by the homage. There are many people who are fans and have been inspired by International teams/artists and pay tribute to their dance gurus by adding a move, a trick, a pattern into their routine; But when does this practice go too far? Where should the line be drawn as to what is homage and what is dance plagiarism? There has been a recent uprising ...
    11-05-2013, 01:40 PM
  • Dancers Who Smoke
    ediester


    When you're dancing with someone who smokes, and you don't, or, you are a smoker and are dancing with a non-smoker, this is what you do.

    If you are a smoker:
    5 seconds before you get up to dance:
    • 1st Put out your cigarette in an ash tray- do not carry it to the dance floor, drop it out there, then step on it to put it out. Number one, this shows you have no class, and second, you, your partner, or others may accidentally step on it and slip and fall.
    • 2nd Take a swig of anything liquid nearby. Swish it around in your gums and around your tongue to get rid of that "ashtray" stench. Unless you're carrying a spittoon, you'll
    ...
    11-17-2012, 06:03 PM
  • The Dress Devil
    ediester


    THE DRESS DEVIL Special thanks to Yohay Aharon for submitting this.. It is Saturday night or any other evening wear your Salsa virus is taking over your mind, body, and soul. You are going to a club where you know there is a good music, dance floor and beautiful ladies. You are going to enjoy a great night of Salsa dancing! The band is playing Frankie Ruiz’s "Puerto Rico" and you are scanning the area for the prefect dance partner. You finally lay your eyes on a beautiful, well dressed lady who waits for someone to ask her to dance. You approach her very gently and ask her for the dance. She, of course, cannot resist your charm and lets you lead her to the dance floor. You're already scheming and planning in your brilliant salsa mind all your slick dance moves -...
    11-17-2012, 05:00 PM
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