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Time Management and Salsa

 
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mokora



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 17
Location: Toronto

PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 12:22 pm    Post subject: Time Management and Salsa Reply with quote

I've been taking lessons at Toronto Dance for a while now. One of my biggest challenges is coming up with enough moves to fill in a 4 minute song... without becoming repetative. I've found girls notice these things and eventually they get bored with the same bag of tricks.

Do any guys have any thoughts on this subject? How do you guys keep it fresh for a 4 minute song? Thoughts?
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David



Joined: 09 Oct 2006
Posts: 26
Location: Mississauga

PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't fall into the habit of turnpatterns that you learn in class, or at outtings. Just start experimenting with the moves you already know and try to link them up in different ways. You come up with better/unique combinations that suite your comfort level and style. This will also help you on recovering on mis-followed leads, which is what makes salsa so interesting. Remember that all your moves and be broken down to the basics, but you can lead them in totally different ways and they'll seem different.
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Kimberlita



Joined: 09 Oct 2006
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Location: Downtown

PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:49 pm    Post subject: Shine baby, SHINE! Reply with quote

Why don't you try to add a break in your patterns and introduce moments to SHINE! THat way the girl can improvise on her own to do her own dance moves. This will definitely throw a girl off of the monotony of repeated combinations and keeps things fresh.
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Salsa-in-review



Joined: 15 Oct 2006
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Location: Toronto

PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:51 pm    Post subject: Time Management Reply with quote

Hi Mokora,

Sometimes, after we learn so many combinations, we start to forget that salsa dancing is a sensual dance. You don't need to throw in combination after combination to keep your partner interested. In fact, I would take it slow at first, just doing basic steps and a few turns. But add in your own character to your dancing, look her in the eyes, smile, and do everything you can to make her feel great! If she doesn't mind, you can hold her closer, etc. Simple basic steps, with a little styling can go a long way. Even make up your own moves sometimes. Try your more complex combinations here and there in the song...but don't overdo it. Does that help?

Nina
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mokora



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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Location: Toronto

PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the input. I will try it out tonight at El Rancho. Anyone want to join in?
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KT



Joined: 09 Oct 2006
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Location: Toronto

PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll probably find quite a few familiar faces there tonight. It's a pretty popular Friday hangout!

Happy dancing! Very Happy
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