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This article is about learning to dance with group dance lessons, private dance lessons and instructional videos -- DVDs and tapes. The focus is on salsa but you can apply a lot of these ideas to other dances, including First Dances at a wedding, cha-cha-, hustle, nightclub two step, rumba and many other dances.
Salsa. Funny thing about the word salsa is that it is often used to refer to a "hot sauce." The words "hot" and "saucy" also mean sexy, which makes sense! Salsa is a hot, sexy dance In any case, this page is all about dancing not salsa food or salsa recipes. We'll be discussing these aspects of salsa:
Salsa DVDs (videos)
Tips on Learning from DVDs
Dance lessons. Take some dance classes or private lessons along with your study of the DVD. DVDs or tapes are great, but nothing really beats holding a real partner in your arms while you dance to the music.
Partner up. Find a partner to practice with. This might be someone you are romantically involved with. But that's not necessary. Dance because you love doing it.
Name each pattern. Make up a name for each dance pattern you are learning. Sometimes a name is given on the DVD, but sometimes not. If you have a name for the pattern, you'll be able to remember it much better.
Watch, then Dance. Watch the DVD an hour or so each time before you go out dancing. Focus on learning just one new pattern from the DVD and then apply it.
Switch Roles. If you are "just" a follower, change that! You'll have more fun if you learn to lead, too. Then you can teach your friends (guys or gals) how to do the steps and you'll have more people to practice with.
Card it. Keep a small card with you on which you have written the names of the steps (dance patterns) that you know. When you take a break from dancing, pull it out and remind yourself of the various steps you'd like to do.
Bookmark it Use a DVD viewing program that lets you set bookmarks. Name the bookmark after the particular step, so you can quickly review it. .
Salsa Dancing History
Salsa versus Mamo
Basic Salsa Steps
Next, the leader closes his left foot to his right and hold this position for two beats.. This may be counted 3-4.
Now the leader steps back with his right foot on count 5 and replaces his weight back to his left foot on count 6.
On counts 7 and 8, the leader closes his right foot to his left foot.
That's the end of the 8 count basic.
Another group enjoyed salsa music, but never learned how to dance salsa. So they threw a private salsa party in their home and invited me to teach it. This added something special to the party and everyone really enjoyed it.
A group of seniors had to learn something in the community as party of their senior project for school -- so they took a series of private group lessons. They took photographs and documented the process for school and even gave a salsa lecture demonstration.
If you'd like to throw a salsa party or learn salsa, I'm available for group or private lessons. Group lessons may be taught at Sunrise Unity Church or in your home or another location. I also teach many other dances including Argentine tango, night club two step, waltz, rumba, Foxtrot, and so on. My name is Phil Seyer. Give me a call at 916-772-7555 or contact me via email.
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