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  • Full-Figured Salseras

    Full-Figured Salseras


    Dear Edie,
    I love your website. I am an African American woman that accidentally fell in love with Salsa music and Spanish culture in general. I have spent the entire morning browsing through you site. I have two questions that I would like for you to address.
    1) I have been a tomboy for the majority of my life and walking on heels has not been easy nor pleasant. Is there a rule that says you can't Salsa in flats?????? I look graceful and elegant, but I am secure that I won't lose my balance. I would appreciate your opinion. 2) I am a size 18. As a sista, I am well-proportioned. My questions, is what is acceptable at the clubs. I don't want to do the hoochie-mama thing, I want to look attractive
    ...
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  • Intimidating Latinas

    Intimidating Latinas



    "Dear Edie,
    I am intimidated by Latina women. I am just a white girl going to the Latin clubs in [city], and I feel like (sometimes) the Latina women are thinking "who does that girl think she is?!"
    - Intimidated"
    Dear Intimidated, This is just in your head. Number one, you don’t have any IDEA what they’re thinking, and number two, who really cares? Stop watching them, and focus on improving YOURSELF. If you cared about what every person thought of you, you would go NUTS trying to accommodate everyone and you would look like an idiot doing it. Don’t ...
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  • Do Whatever It Takes

    Do Whatever It Takes

    Dear Salsa Freak, I have just started private Salsa lessons. The challenge I am having is that my wife is now quite an accomplished dancer. The truth is that I just took two classes with her when she started about two years ago, she begged me to go, but because I didn't like "Salsa" at the time, I quit, and told her never to invite me to a club, because I didn't like the "scene". Well, now I never see her anymore, we're having problems, and I thought I may need to start taking a few Salsa lessons. What I need to know is when should I start trying to dance with the accomplished dancers that I know, including her. It seems as though unless it is a private lesson the high-end dancers don't want to waste their time with people that aren't great yet. We can't show them off as well. When and where should I go to dance in...
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  • Who Leads?

    Who Leads?

    "Dear Edie, I read your "What its like to compete and have a partner ..." column. Good stuff, but it was written mostly for women. I have an big issue with my dance partner, and I was wondering if you could give me your perspective. She recently moved here from [another country]. I think she is the most talented Latin dancer in the whole [city]. She's a real natural. I have a zillion moves that we practice and use together. She also teaches me some really good moves. She keeps insisting that with really good dancers both the Man and the Woman lead - at the same time! Now this is news to me. My understanding is that there ...
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  • I Need More Moves!

    I Need More Moves!



    "Dear Edie, I love Salsa and I love dancing it. The only problem is that I can't do a lot of moves. I know how to dance it a little bit and I look all right but I want to get better . I always watch other people dancing and I want to learn more moves but I don't know how. I do all the same moves all the time. I have a partner that I kind of learned a lot with . We dance together all the time and we practice other moves that other people do. I would like to be a professional Salsa dancer one day. That is my dream. I'm going to Puerto Rico for Christmas
    ...
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  • World's First Live-Stream "It Factor" Styling Webinar!

    World's First Live-Stream "It Factor" Styling Webinar!



    Zouk "It Factor" Workshop

    What is the "It Factor?" (click)


    in Brisbane, Australia, with "Edie" inside her laptop (mid-center of photo) simultaneously teaching from Colorado

    James Quinn-Hawtin, also known as "The Little Gringo" Zouk Instructor from Brisbane Australia hosted the World First "It Factor" Styling Webinar for Women on November 11, 2012!!
    Not only is James an excellent dancer, but I was quite impressed with his style of teaching. He has a "gift" with crowds. Anyone who takes a workshop with James is truly getting more than what they paid for!!

    Assistants were the beautiful Mari and the stunning Ammie - who worked diligently with Edie weeks before to plan a "nearly perfect" workshop for the women of Brisbane!!!...
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  • Sex Appeal

    Sex Appeal



    Ladies, Let's Start a Revolution!
    by Edie, The Salsa FREAK After giving a small women's styling workshop to a group of four women in Mountainview, CA, I've come to realize that knowing how to walk, sit, stand, and dance "sensually" is not something most of us were born with. If we've never had ballet training growing up, and unless we have role models, we basically fumble around out there on the dancefloor and "try" to look good, with very little luck. It's not until we've seen a TRAINED dancer walk in the room, or on television that we realize we're missing "something" in our own dancing. Take for example, a trained competitive Latin ballroom dancer. She appears to have been trained to have that "attitude". The attitude of charisma and character, which stems from her poise, her dress, and her physique. She ...
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  • Is Ladies Styling a Sin?

    Is Ladies Styling a Sin?



    The Controversy of Ladies Styling Classes taught by a Born-Again Christian, Edie, The Salsa FREAK:

    "Edie, how can you teach Sexy Ladies Styling if you're a Christian???"


    I often tell my fellow Christian sisters about the beautiful story of Esther in the Bible.

    If my religious sisters have a problem with looking attractive, or learning female styling techniques to make them look more attractive on the dance floor, I am here to remind them that ->

    LADIES... Remember this: "WE", are God's GIFT to THE MALE RACE.
    “The female body is designed by our Creator for Pleasure. It is designed for Creativity and Expression. It is designed for Fun and Exhilaration.” - Dr. Christiane Northrup, PhD Gentlemen
    ...
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  • Daddy, They Must Be Whores!!

    Daddy, They Must Be *****s!!



    London, England "Look Daddy... They must be *****s!"

    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK
    Luis Saint Clare showed us a fabulous time in London. It was his first International event that was geared toward bringing in top instructors from around the country and the world. Workshops, performances and awards were given. This was my second visit to London, and coming to London this time, was definitely a much more pleasant experience than what I had experienced with Team Salsaweb a year before. The Salseros of London were much more open this time to our style of dancing and method of teaching. World events like the International Salsaweb Convention and this, open people's eyes to new and different styles of d...
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  • The "It" Factor...

    The "It" Factor...






    The "It" Factor... The It Factor, the it factor, feminine it factor

    Read about the World's VERY FIRST inter-continental "Live Stream" of the Feminine "It Factor" workshop to the women of Brisbane, Australia!! Click Here!!
    ________________________________________________________________

    This was sent to me from a female student who wished to remain anonymous.
    - Edie
    "I took Edie's woman's styling class last year and learned about the "it" factor. I guess I always had "it, I just didn't know what "it' was the whole time. But now that I know what "it" is, I am using it to my advantage every time I get. I am telling you, after the class I was laying on my couch; it was a hot summer evening. I had on yoga pants and
    ...
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  • Full-Figured Salseras
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    Dear Edie,
    I love your website. I am an African American woman that accidentally fell in love with Salsa music and Spanish culture in general. I have spent the entire morning browsing through you site. I have two questions that I would like for you to address.
    1) I have been a tomboy for the majority of my life and walking on heels has not been easy nor pleasant. Is there a rule that says you can't Salsa in flats?????? I look graceful and elegant, but I am secure that I won't lose my balance. I would appreciate your opinion. 2) I am a size 18. As a sista, I am well-proportioned. My questions, is what is acceptable at the clubs. I don't want to do the hoochie-mama thing, I want to look attractive
    ...
    11-14-2012, 12:06 AM
  • Intimidating Latinas
    ediester


    "Dear Edie,
    I am intimidated by Latina women. I am just a white girl going to the Latin clubs in [city], and I feel like (sometimes) the Latina women are thinking "who does that girl think she is?!"
    - Intimidated"
    Dear Intimidated, This is just in your head. Number one, you don’t have any IDEA what they’re thinking, and number two, who really cares? Stop watching them, and focus on improving YOURSELF. If you cared about what every person thought of you, you would go NUTS trying to accommodate everyone and you would look like an idiot doing it. Don’t ...
    11-13-2012, 05:32 PM
  • Do Whatever It Takes
    ediester
    Dear Salsa Freak, I have just started private Salsa lessons. The challenge I am having is that my wife is now quite an accomplished dancer. The truth is that I just took two classes with her when she started about two years ago, she begged me to go, but because I didn't like "Salsa" at the time, I quit, and told her never to invite me to a club, because I didn't like the "scene". Well, now I never see her anymore, we're having problems, and I thought I may need to start taking a few Salsa lessons. What I need to know is when should I start trying to dance with the accomplished dancers that I know, including her. It seems as though unless it is a private lesson the high-end dancers don't want to waste their time with people that aren't great yet. We can't show them off as well. When and where should I go to dance in...
    11-13-2012, 12:06 PM
  • Who Leads?
    ediester
    "Dear Edie, I read your "What its like to compete and have a partner ..." column. Good stuff, but it was written mostly for women. I have an big issue with my dance partner, and I was wondering if you could give me your perspective. She recently moved here from [another country]. I think she is the most talented Latin dancer in the whole [city]. She's a real natural. I have a zillion moves that we practice and use together. She also teaches me some really good moves. She keeps insisting that with really good dancers both the Man and the Woman lead - at the same time! Now this is news to me. My understanding is that there ...
    11-12-2012, 11:45 PM
  • I Need More Moves!
    ediester


    "Dear Edie, I love Salsa and I love dancing it. The only problem is that I can't do a lot of moves. I know how to dance it a little bit and I look all right but I want to get better . I always watch other people dancing and I want to learn more moves but I don't know how. I do all the same moves all the time. I have a partner that I kind of learned a lot with . We dance together all the time and we practice other moves that other people do. I would like to be a professional Salsa dancer one day. That is my dream. I'm going to Puerto Rico for Christmas
    ...
    11-12-2012, 07:22 PM
  • World's First Live-Stream "It Factor" Styling Webinar!
    ediester


    Zouk "It Factor" Workshop

    What is the "It Factor?" (click)


    in Brisbane, Australia, with "Edie" inside her laptop (mid-center of photo) simultaneously teaching from Colorado

    James Quinn-Hawtin, also known as "The Little Gringo" Zouk Instructor from Brisbane Australia hosted the World First "It Factor" Styling Webinar for Women on November 11, 2012!!
    Not only is James an excellent dancer, but I was quite impressed with his style of teaching. He has a "gift" with crowds. Anyone who takes a workshop with James is truly getting more than what they paid for!!

    Assistants were the beautiful Mari and the stunning Ammie - who worked diligently with Edie weeks before to plan a "nearly perfect" workshop for the women of Brisbane!!!...
    11-11-2012, 11:52 PM
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