Salsa Class

I just finished taking my 5-hour beginner salsa class. If you are unfamiliar with salsa, it is a dancing style where the man always leads. This means my partner cannot do anything unless signaled by me, her God on the dance floor.

That leads to the main problem with salsa: I have to lead. When you are dancing with a girl to house or hip hop, you are doing your own thing and she is doing hers, with no real coordination besides keeping the beat. You grab her hips every now and then and rub your boner up and down on her and that’s it. But with salsa you have to think about what you are going to do next and if it’s a good move. Should I turn her now or do the cross body move? On what count do I do that intimate over-the-head caress / waterfall move? There are zero opportunities to rub your crotch on her and you can’t drink while dancing because both hands must be devoted to maintaining God status.

A friend of mine said I’d be an idiot not to learn how to salsa before going to South America. I have a feeling though that my five hours of experience will not get the panties wet. How was I supposed to know that being good in salsa takes months of work? Well, my backup plan is ready—“Hola, soy gringo.”

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Nullpointer
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Have her turn in the cross body move, by using your right hand to give her a little inward spin (so she goes under your arm), then switch hands while you by doing an in place spin, which leads to a smooth setup to intimate over-the-caress.

Es que yo soy mitad Colombiano, que mas puedo decir?

Nullpointer
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It’s cross body lead, sorry.

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If you have no exposure to salsa before taking formal classes, I would say it can take about a year to get really good. Most places that teach salsa have about four or five levels before you get to advanced which often translate to five months of classes for 1 style of salsa (either “on 1” or “on 2”). I still believe that once you get to the advanced level there is lots of polish necessary that you only get with tons of practice – going to clubs. No harm in practicing while you’re out there either.

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Thank God I’m black, I don’t have to worry about anything concerning rhythm…. ever

I just absorb, now if i could do something about my credit

Nullpointer
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Dicen que los indios de latinoamerica son descendientes de una tribu de origin Turco.

You need to understand Russian though :-p

It’s mentioned in passing in wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuvans

Now, I know why I have blonde haired/blue eyed cousins >_

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One thing they don’t teach you while beginning salsa, while always wondering “why am i off rhythm”, is the basic act of not putting one’s heels down during steps. Use the ball of the foot and Ola, the rhythm is in. And no need of fancy moves actually!!. It kills the game on the dance floor. Trust me, I have been dancing for 6 years. Basic step, mambo step, right turn, left turn, cross lead and a relaxed composition with a strong lead while doing this, is good enough with a solid game 🙂 And the above list of steps, were the only ones used by a couple in Mexico City to create the most elegant, seductive salsa in the tiniest space on the dance floor, and guess what? I was taking notes and have used it effectively since. So, Good Luck !!!

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Whoever is teaching you that there is no grinding in salsa has never actually been in a salsa club.

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Oh, and if I were going to South America, the dance I’d learn is Cumbia. Much more action than salsa.

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Salsa is a great toolery to have in you G toolbox.

I would be a way better salsa dancer but I always end up swooping my salsa teacher.

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