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Top 10 behaviors for guys to avoid at the clubs (and not be creepy)

Top 10 behaviors for guys to avoid at the clubs (and not be creepy)

For all of the guys out there wondering what goes through the minds of salseras (or women in general), I sat down with some fellow lady dancers and discussed behaviors that guys should avoid at the club. In any dance culture, there is a certain unspoken etiquette. For those who are new to salsa dancing, these tips may come in handy so that you don't give the wrong vibe. 1. We don't endorse the use of force. Ask the lady to dance with you, don't tell her she is going to dance with you. Grabbing her wrist and urging, "Come on. Just one song" does not fly. If she declines, the best reaction is to acknowledge her choice and walk away. No verbal persuasion, cajoling or physical dragging should be utilized - especially when her boyfriend is around. If she gives the bathroom excuse, do not wait for her outside the bathroom- that is just plain creepy. 2. Ask her twice, she'll turn to ice. You can ask twice in one night, but not one right after the other. When a song has ended, it is best not to ask her to dance right away. Even if you both seemed to have fun, give it some time and leave her wanting more... that is much better than risking her wanting to push you away. 3. Yakkity Yak? We won't come back. Leave the chatting to Cathy! Keep talking to a minimum- exchanging names and where you are from at the beginning of the song is fine, but what the ladies don't like is when guys sacrifice the dance itself, and end up doing basic step the whole song while chatting. This comes across as hitting on us.

The Cross Body Lead 360

In this episode of Addicted2Salsa, we go back to the basics to help you learn how to do a 180 Cross-Body Lead with a Turn (*sometimes referred to as the 360).

If they only had one of these for Cha-Cha...

I've always liked dance-stepping-like games, such as Dance-Dance-Revolution (DDR) or Pump-It-Up, because not only are they fun, but they are a gateway drug game to real dancing. During my early days of salsa, I used to play DDR endlessly hoping to improve my footwork speed (yes, it did help!). I only wish they would have had more Latin soundtracks, such as Cha-Cha, which makes it great to practice steps and isolations at one's home. I love watching great dancers play these games to see their creativity.

How to Recession Proof your Salsa Lifestyle

Kelly Rice over at Ritmo Bello wrote an article providing 5 tips on how to dance on a budget during tough economic times. While I leave it to you to check out her article for the details, she mentions: taking group classes, getting involved with the community, practicing everywhere, watching others dance and setting up a trade agreement (bartering).Here in San Diego, on average, a group class costs around $10-$13 and cover costs for a club are $8-$10. If you then add the micro-expenses related to salsa (gasoline, bar drinks (water), clothing and an extra shower a day, etc) - it adds up very quick if you go out dancing several times a week.Knowing that fewer students are able to spend that much in salsa dance classes, paying for gas, parking and cover costs at the club, I decided to add my two cents to help you 'recession proof' your salsa lifestyle. While I am not an economist or financial adviser, here is my list of ways to help your salsa lifestyle while on a budget.

Inspiration for the future Salsa Spinners of the World

This is a great video of amazingly smooth spins by Danielle (Luv2Spin) dancing at Tequila Ranch Salsa Sundays at the Hard Rock Cafe (I think it's in Miami). This video makes it easy to see good spotting technique and balance since the song they are dancing to is slow. Spinning is not just for girls, Carlos in the video does a triple underarm spin.

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