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  • Never Correct Him, Never Correct Him, NEVER Correct Him. Period.

    Never Correct Him, Never Correct Him, NEVER Correct Him. Period.



    "Dear Edie,

    I'm so glad I surfed and surfed the web until I finally found DancerHangout.com! I never knew there was so much information for Salsa freaks like me, by Salsa FREAKS like you. I was reading your "Off beat" letters of concern regarding people who have no rhythm. My story is similar and would like some advice.

    About 2 years ago I began learning Salsa. My boyfriend knew a little more than I did, so we went to a Grupo Niche dance (I'd never heard of the group...
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  • The Wrath of the 2-3 Clave PURISTS!!!

    The Wrath of the 2-3 Clave PURISTS!!!



    This article was written by Edie, The Salsa FREAK!! .... WAY BACK in 1998 ...

    AAAAAaaaaahhhh... The never-ending argument of the elusive "Clave",
    Meaning "Key"... the Key to Freedom to break on whatever the heck you want...
    (Uh Oh... I said it!!! Oh NO!!! Shoot me now!!! Make me die NOW, before I suffer the WRATH of the "2-3" Clave Purists!!)



    The Clave is a Five Count ... so what are we doing stepping on Six c...
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  • Creating Something out of Nothing

    Creating Something out of Nothing

    Creating Something
    Out of Nothing...

    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!




    Creating something... out of nothing... where nothing existed before... A profound thought came across me while I was driving home tonight with members of the Salsaweb staff and video Advisory Board after our pre-shoot at the television studio. We were JAMMING in the FREAK-Mobile, listening to Celia Cruz sing her fabulous songs, "Bembelequa" and "La Guagua" off her Irrepetible CD. It suddenly o...
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  • Ballroom Mambo vs Salsa Nightclub Style - WTF?

    Ballroom Mambo vs Salsa Nightclub Style - WTF?


    by Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!

    I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
    - George Bernard Shaw





    Dear Edie,
    Do you think there is a difference between what you do and what you normally see from people with ballroom dance training (especially on shows like Dancing with the Stars, etc.)? If so, how would you explain that difference?
    - Curious



    Dear
    ...
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  • The Copa Salsa / Mambo Step - It's historical origins and name

    The Copa Salsa / Mambo Step - It's historical origins and name

    The "Copa" Step - It's Historical Origins from New York


    Eddie Torres, The Legendary Mambo King

    By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!

    Dearest Edie, I have one question and although I suppose they send you hundreds of messages and you don't have time to answer them all,I will ask anyhow...My question is this: is copa a position or all the procedure to bring the lady inside and then take her out again?Is it called ''in and out'' unofficially because most of the t...
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  • Musicality Dancing with Salsa

    Musicality Dancing with Salsa


    "Edie, the Salsa Freak, had some interesting things to say about "on one" and "on two" dancing. She said that what is important is dancing "to the music" by responding to the hits and breaks in a song, rather than whether the dance is structured "on one or two." In her opinion, the best and most musically rich experience is to respond to the accents of a particular piece of music by altering where your break steps are to match those accents. Then afterwards you can resume whichever patte...
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  • Dis-Enchanted

    Dis-Enchanted

    "Dear Edie, I had a question about how you approach the dance as you become more proficient in your dancing. If you want to put this in one of your columns, feel free. Just leave my name off. Before I get, started, I want to say that I love dancing with all levels of dancers. I'm not becoming a snob.* I've been hitting the clubs at least four times a week. Since I joined the [Salsa dance company], and started helping teach some of the leader's classes, I'm finding: 1. That the music that the...
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  • The Short Italian

    The Short Italian

    "Dear Edie, I'll try to write you at my best, but please excuse me for my bad english (I'm not American). I need some advice from you. I've recently discovered the "Salsa World" and I have immediately fell in love with it. I started going in the nightclubs and dancing. I'm also taking a group class, but I'm not satisfied. I know that I need some private lessons, but in Italy teachers do only group classes. I think Salsa is getting in fashion here but, up to now, I haven't found a very good danci...
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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 lesso...
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  • Rhythmically Challenged

    Rhythmically Challenged


    "Dear Edie,
    I read your story and found it most interesting because I am in a situation somewhat similar to yours. My partner and I have been dancing Salsa for a little over a year, we have horrible fights. We have participated in local competitions and have won, but I think this is because our audience is mostly anglo. I would like to improve my Salsa dancing but I can't find qualified salsa teachers or professionals in my area, and my partner can't hear the music, I am his ears!
    ...
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  • The Mambo Men of New York

    The Mambo Men of New York



    The Mambo Men of New York
    by Manny Siverio
    www.MannySiverio.com
    They say that New York Men have a unique style of dancing that you can pick out anywhere. Its a blend of clean yet graceful movements mixed with a healthy dose of passion, sabor and good old Latin flare. Last month I focused on the Mambo Women of New York. This month we give The Mambo Men of New York their fare share of credit in helping to keep the art of Mambo dancing alive and kicking in th...
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  • Salsa Dance Styles

    Salsa Dance Styles



    Salsa Dance Styles of the World


    What is the difference between Puerto Rican style, Cuban Style, LA Style, New York Style, Colombian Style, Cali Style, Cuban Style, and now... Musicality Style?

    New York "On-2" and Puerto Rican Style Salsa Well, let me explain. The Puerto Rican style can be danced on the "One" or the "Two" beat of the music, but it involves a tremendous amount of very technical footwork ("Solo" if you’re from LA, or what they call "Shin...
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  • Salsa Steps

    Salsa Steps

    Breaking the "Breaking" Mystery of Salsa Timing How to Dance on the "One", the "Two", and More...

    Below are diagrams that were created by Mr. Eric Freeman and myself (Edie).

    Please feel free to print this out and distribute to your local dance schools and friends. Due to the hundreds of emails we've received on the subject, we have FINALLY decided to DOCUMENT how to dance Salsa on the "On...
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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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  • The One vs Two Argument

    The One vs Two Argument


    by Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!


    Dancing On-2: Also known as in some New York circles as... New York Style "On-Clave" Dancing



    AAAAAaaaaahhhh...
    The never-ending argument of the elusive "Clave",
    Meaning "Key"...
    the Key to Freedom to break on whatever the heck you want...


    Uh Oh... I said it!!!

    Oh NO!!!
    Shoot me now!!!

    Make me die NOW,
    before I suffer the WRATH of the "2-3" Clave Pur
    ...
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