messed_up.jpg By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!

"S*$^%^T!! ... I went for your right hand instead of your left. Geez."

"F^$%K!!!... I turned right instead of left, then missed your shoulder and slipped..."

"G^o$#[email protected]$T!!!!... I messed up AGAIN! THIS TIME, I totally forgot to step back and then... when I went to grab your hand, I couldn't find it... @#$!!"

Guys, we don't want to hear it.


Say "Nothing", pick yourself UP and MOVE ON.

Bottom line, if you screw up a move during a lesson or rehearsal or real-life social dancing, 99% of the time, she will NEVER KNOW.

The only way your partner or team members, (or audience) will know is by the LOOK ON YOUR FACE. Your FACE will give you away EVERY TIME.
Ladies, stop apologizing,
and Keep Smiling.

Gentlemen, stop apologizing,
and remain Focused and Strong.

Just SAY NOTHING, and MOVE ON. Visualize in your mind the PERFECTION of the flawless move you just executed, and do it right the NEXT GO - AROUND. Never ever EVER dwell on your MISTAKES.

Things like this happen to every normal person on the planet. Besides, even if people (teacher, partner, team mates) "do in fact" realize that you made a mistake, they don't want to have to verbally listen to your "ranting" and have to "re-live" it with you all over again.

Bottom Line: "Shut Up, Stop Whining, and MOVE ON".
Be a hero. Brush yourself off, and do it right next time.
  1. Be "dependable".
  2. Be "responsible"
  3. Be "strong"
... for your team mates, instructor, and dance partner(s).

We are all looking for a HERO in you. Not someone who's complaining, whining, and full of doubt.

Click here for a great continuation to this article...The Qualities of a World Champion

Edie, The Salsa FREAK!! is one of the most recognized and respected Salsa Instructor/Performers in the world. In the past twenty years, she has traveled to 63 countries teaching the world to dance, and has been the first American to teach in 18 of those countries. She now lives in the high mountains of beautiful Colorado with her wonderful husband, Nick. You may contact her at