Over the past few weeks I’ve been noticing in increase in Followers asking for more information on how to improve their dancing. Whether it was in class, at a social or just through random conversation; it seems that this time of year that you’re seeing a variety of classes being offered to advance the Follows’ skill set. With that in mind, I’d like to present the patented: Sara’s Technique Yielding Ladies Excellence or S.T.Y.L.E.
The S.T.Y.L.E. Technique
This technique combines the three main areas of Following (Spinning, Following and Styling) and roots it all in the base area of Following: Balance. Whether you’ve taken a class with Sara or not, her technique is a great way to see where your strengths and weaknesses lay in your dance. I’ve composed a quick list of what each area involves and feel free to let me know if there’s anything that I’ve missed:
This is the most fundamental element to good Following. Having good balance will not only improve how you look as a dancer, but also how well you execute moves, isolations, spins and most of all: keeping it safe. By working on your balance you will vastly improve in all other areas of your dance.
Here’s a great video about Balance
From your first class to your last dance, chances are you will be spinning non-stop. Learning proper spin technique (from proper Prepping to Balance to Execution), will take you from awkward to awesome in no time. The essence of spinning can be broken down into a few areas as well: Prepping, Balance, Spotting, Breathing and Posture.
Here’s a great video that demonstrated proper Prepping and Spinning Technique (note: this video is on2, but the techniques are the same)
This may sound a little redundant, but you’d be surprised about how many Followers fail to practice their fundamental Following techniques. Following to me, can be broken into several main areas: Hand/Dance Connection, Anticipation, Weight Shifting, Momentum, Timing and Musicality.
While I don’t have a video to cover all of these areas, what I will do is write my next blog with some finer points to each of the main areas of Following.
Stay Shining Salseros!
So February is over and we’re soon enough it’ll be time to pack up the mittens and do some Spring Cleaning. Winter has always been tough for me, but I find that Salsa helps make it easier. Here are the few things that have put a smile on my face over the past few months…
I’m so proud of the students in our Level 5 Class! I remember at the beginning of this semester, that I had made a personal pact to help as many guys get their cola’s down as possible. Thanks to an amazing helping team as well as Sara’s awesome instruction, I feel like we really got the guys doing smooth Colas. It takes a lot of dedication to learn this move and these students really put their all into taking their dance to the next level.
Valentines is the New Hallowe’en
If you didn’t make it out to the TDS Valentines Event, then you really missed out on a night that was truly amazing! From really sexy combo from Sharon & Evan, amazing performances (esp Tracie & Daniels’ Tango) to the fact that there was a line-up to get in by 9:30; our V-day party has become the biggest night of the year for Acrobat and one not to be missed!
Bachata Fest Represent!
While I’ve taken a personal break from performing, it was great to be able to watch the Bachata Helpers rock the stage at the Bachata Fest! Looking sexy in blue and dapper in black; the Helpers brought out the romance and much love was in the air. While I missed being on stage, I was so proud to see the team show the Salsa world, how we do!
Winter is really tough, but the friends I’ve made from TDS have really been there for me. I have some really great memories from Acrobat, laughing at Empress and rocking out at Venice. Sometimes I feel that what’s truly great about Salsa isn’t the dance; but the people you meet while dancing.
Get Ready For Spring!
So get ready to smile as you can now sign-up for Spring classes!!! I’d recommend doing it soon as I hear some classes are going fast. There’s nothing better than that feeling of not wearing a Winter Coat while heading to a Salsa Class/Social… so enjoy your March break and get ready for another season of serious Salsa Classes!
Staying Shining Salseros!