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    Helper Only Performance Choreography: WE DID IT!

    Performing a salsa routine is like riding the scariest roller coaster of your life. The whole time that you’re waiting to go on you’re over-thinking all of dips, drops and safety but then when you get on, feel the rush and hear the cheers all you want to do when you’re done is get back on for another go.

    I don’t know if I have ever been as nervous as I was last night, waiting for our team to go on at Dovercourt house. With a packed house featuring some of the greatest dancers in the city we took the stage and really nailed it! The funny thing is that once you take the stage, all of your nerves, worries and counts seem to melt away to just having one of the best experiences of your life.

    Trust me, as of today there are 4 spots left on the student performance team… sign up, you will not regret it.

    Don’t feel like you’re not good enough or ready, Tracie will take you to the next level of dancing. When my dance partner Elise started she had just finished level 3… now she rocks level 6 moves like she’s been dancing for years… all in a span of two months!
    There is nothing better than performing and I want to say thank you to Sharon, Evan, Tracie, The Pro Team for their constant support/advice, the people who came out and cheered us on and mostly, the great TDS Helpers who challenged and inspired me on this incredible experience!
    If you haven’t seen the routine yet, come to the TDS Competition at 6 Degrees on April 25th as we’re doing our first home-team performance and can’t wait to tear the roof off!
    Till then,
    Stay Shining Salseros!

    A little Dose of Salsa…

    Here are a few more tracks to check out while you’re practicing for the Salsa Competition or warming up for Sunday night’s performance from the Helper Team at Dovercourt!

    Sey - Thione Seck ( I think this may take over Yo no se mañana as my favourite salsa song )
    Hong Kong Mambo - Tito Puente
    Lo Dudo - Frankie Ruiz 

    Speaking of Salsa/Bachata music, have you checked out Dj Duck’s Salsa mixes? Each month he posts great tracks from current hits to Salsa classics!

    Hope you like these as much as we do!

    Till next time,
    Stay Shining, Salseros!

    Helper Only Performance Choreography: FIRST PERFORMANCE THIS SUNDAY

    Nervous, excited and a hot pink tie.

    This Sunday, the Helper Team will be tearing up Dovercourt House at 8pm with our very first performance! Let’s just say that while a little anxious, I’m also very pumped to see how we fare outside of Empress Walk and in front of a mixed-school salsa audience. With the ladies looking fantastic in their dresses and the guys rocking pretty sharp ties, it’s going to be a great test-run for our second showing, at the TDS Competition, April 25th!

    Speaking of Performance Teams, I’m glad to see that the Student Performance Team class is filling up quite quickly. Trust me, I’ve learned so much from this experience that I’m sure you’ll have a blast taking the class. I’d also love to hear about your experiences when you start practicing for your performance! If you’re undecided if you want to take the class or not, feel free to come out to Dovercourt this Sunday and hopefully the team will inspire you to get on board!

    On a side note, I must apologize for not posting as many blogs as of late, but I’ve been working on a top-secret project for TDS and it’s been taking much of my time. All will be revealed soon, and I’m striving to get back into my regular posting routine soon enough!

    Till then,
    Stay Shining Salseros! 

    Reader Requested Blog: Why People Get Into Salsa

    At the last outing, I was asked by a reader of the blog to write about why people get into salsa. Hearing the dancer’s interesting back-story (which shall stay in the vault), it inspired me to ask a ton of people for their own backstories. It wasn’t too long before I started to see some common themes so I thought I’d list a few stories as well as some of the more common themes.

    Sharon’s Story:

    “I got into salsa by accident.  I walked into Babaluu with some girlfriends one night and completely fell in love with the dancing and the salsa scene but I was too scared to dance :)  I watched 3 or 4 separate nights without dancing before I accepted a dance with someone, not even knowing my basic step.  It was awful (I was awful!).  I tried it a few more times and was going to give up, thinking I was a terrible dancer, when my friends encouraged me to dance with someone who was a good lead.  I danced with him and completely changed my mind about giving up.  I started going out every night of the week to Babaluu, El Rancho and other clubs that were popular at the time and within a year I started competing and teaching.”

    “I fell in love with the freedom, excitement and fun factor.  Nothing that I have ever tried has allowed me to meet so many people so quickly, gather a whole network of new friends, let me exercise my body and spirit until 2am every morning, keep me in shape, keep me de-stressed and so much more.  It was a real high!”

    Sarah’s Story:

    “I got into salsa because I wanted to do something other than science (Which is what I did when I was doing my masters) while I was doing my PhD. I told myself, I need to be active and social, to complement the brain work and quiet time in the lab work during my PhD, to make the experience of graduate school more pleasant the second time around. The rest was history!”

    Chris’ Story:

    “I signed up originally to learn some merengue then got hooked on salsa and realized most of the moves could be transferred over to merengue…so in a way it was a bonus i guess”

    My Story:
    I was really considering about getting into capoeira when I had a nasty, wrist-breaking fall. Unable to do capoeira, my friend Neel had suggested that I get into salsa as it would help my balance, flexibility and most of all, meet tons of new people. Since I’ve started, I’ve lost close to 30lbs, have met so many great people and have found myself hooked beyond belief.

    Here are some quick quotes that represent a lot of people who get into salsa:

    “I was getting over a bad breakup and didn’t meet anyone worthwhile using i-dating”
    “I really wanted to get fit without spending hours on a boring treadmill”

    “I’ve always loved the music…it’s so romantic”
    “My friends dragged me to a salsa club and I’ve been hooked since!”
    “Thanks to salsa I have one less, left-foot”

    There are so many intriguing salsa origin stories out there. If you ever get tired at a club, just ask anyone about their reasons for learning how to dance and you’ve got yourself a great conversation!

    So, why did you get into salsa? I’d love to hear about it…

    Till then,
    Stay Shining Salseros!

    A Little Dose of Salsa…

    Just wanted to quickly post a few songs that have been repeating on my iphone lately…

    Hasta El Sol De Hoy – Edgar Joel (killer melody, super chorus)
    Cantinero De Cuba - Semino Rossi (this song drips with sex appeal)
    Lagrimas Negras (guitara) - Cachao y Maria Dolores Pradera (another sexy track)

    Non-Latin Songs:
    I Can Transform Ya - Chris Brown (I know, I know, but this song is amazing and it’s more Swizz Beatz than Chris)
    This Too Shall Pass – OkGo (The video is brilliant, the song simply rocks)
    Soldier of Love – Sade (My favourite female singer returns, I’m dying to make a bachata version of this)

    Why Non-Latin Songs you ask? Why not. Get out there, experiencing all genres of music help only improve your understanding of Salsa and the other Latin styles.

    Till Then,
    Stay Shining Salseros!

    So You Think You Can Compete?

    Are you level 3 or higher? Have the ‘Eye of the Tiger’? Want to shake what your Momma gave ya? Then enter the 4th Annual TDS Amateur Competition! With amazing prizes, tons of adoring salsa fans and an event that’s so popular that it fills 6 Degrees, you’ll have the time of your life!

    Here’s the details:

    What: 4th Annual Amateur Salsa Competition
    Where: 6 Degrees (Yonge & Eglinton)
    When: April 25th (preliminary round), June 20th (Final Round)
    Who: Any Level 3 or higher TDS student, helper and assistant who haven’t been paid to teach or to perform

    How It Works:

    Preliminary Round: All couples will dance to the same song in a freestyle, non-choreographed dance, the top 5 couples will go on to the Final Round

    Final Round: All couples will perform to a 2.5 min song of their choosing using their own choreography

    Here’s a small sampling of prizes that you could win…

    Addicted 2 Salsa Shoes
    Century Wide Shoes
    Acrobat Lounge Yearly VIP Passes
    Six Degrees VIP Passes
    Lula Lounge Gift Certificates
    Go Dance Mambo Class Certificates
    El Rancho and Plaza Passes
    TDS Gift Certificates
    And more!

    And while not confirmed, I’ve heard a few rumours that there will be passes to the Toronto & Miami Salsa Congresses!

    Stay tuned for more information and hope that you’re feeling up to the challenge!

    Till then,
    Stay Shining Salseros!