How to be a good social dancer
I thought I would share with you what it takes to be a good social dancer (salsa world).
There a folks that will not take a dance class unless they have a partner and some will take the class regardless whether they have
a partner or not. Just like in everything, there are pluses and minuses. I am going to discuss one aspect and that is "dancing with
When you are learning without a dance partner and is rotated in the class, you are learning a very important lesson, following for
the ladies and leading for the men.
Let's first look at the MEN: When you are rotated in the class you will notice how EVERY woman 'feels' different from each
other. Some understand to keep their arm tension consistent and others are just learning it. As you ecxecute the moves, you will
notice who 'follows' correctly and ones that are not there yet. What does this do to you? It makes you understand that you as a
lead must be patient and consistent. This also tells you that even though you are leading correctly, some will not be able to follow
due to lack of experience and training.
WOMEN: The reverse is for you. As the men take turns dancing with you, you will "feel" how EVERY man leads differently.
Some are very light, some are too strong, some are getting good. What you will observe also is that once you understand what
you need to be doing, you will be able to "feel" what the lead is and will be able to execute the move with ease. Rotating the men
gives you the opportunity to practice "feeling" the lead and not anticipating or trying to take over.
This same concept MUST be applied when you go dancing. Men - dance with as many ladies as you can. You are not helping
yourself by dancing with the SAME person all the time. Your "leading" skills will not grow as fast. It is almost guranteed that your
dance partner will eventually back lead you because she will know all of your moves.
Ladies - Your "following" skills will not be as sharp either if you keep dancing with the SAME person all the time. Dancing with
diferent dancers enhances your skills and you learn other combinations. Your "following" skills will be sharper as you dance with
So one key of becoming a good "social" dancer in the salsa world is "dance with other dancers".
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