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San Francisco 2008 Jack and Jill Masters Finals

Orlando, David Stein (Majesty In Motion), Emily Alabi (Amicitia) and Anya (NYC) were tied for first place in the Jack and Jill Finals in San Francisco. The way to break the tie was to have the girls dance together and the guys dance together. I find the mens video funny since it just makes fun of the girl-on-girl video. Enjoy!

Julie and John Dancing at SF Salsa Congress 2008

Someone just posted a video of Julie and John dancing at the social in the San Francisco Salsa Congress. Thank you for video taping! We love social dancing videos!

Using your salsa dance partner as a ragdoll

We all have our preference in salsa dance style. Some like Cuban Rueda, NY Mambo, or LA Style. While I'm sure these dancers are great in their style in Colombia, I cringe at the sight of all the lifts and throws that they perform in this routine. Very scary!

What is Pachanga dance?

We all know of the general dancing styles in the Latin world: Salsa, Cha-Cha, Merengue, Bachata, Rumba... and so on. However, I've been frequently asked on 'pachanga'. Pachanga is first a style of music which originated in Cuba in the late 1950's. If you have ever listened to a cha-cha song which may have sounded with a stronger down-beat - it might have been pachanga music. During that era, it gained popularity in replacing cha-cha as the dance in Cuba. However, nowadays it is mainly popular in Columbia.

How to dance like a professional : Dance Tips for Leaders

How to dance like a professional : Dance Tips for Leaders

Imagine yourself in that salsa club for the first time: the music is loud, upbeat and with great energy and everyone is dressed in a fashionable way. As you walk in, you approach the dance floor. Here is when you are truly introduced to the world of salsa. You stare at the dancers as you see dancing, executing all these amazing turns; how they dance with passion, the sexiness, and then again, the turns! The never-ending, fun turn!!Sound like your experience? It was definitely mine, so right away I knew I had to learn how to dance.Once I started dancing, the better I saw myself dancing, the more I noticed that some girls did not enjoy dancing with me or theyd just flat out say no every time I asked them to dance. Why? After all I was doing all the turns and dips, the sexy patterns, the fun stuff - you know, the works.It was after some time that I truly learned what makes a guy a great dancer: When you dance salsa, you dont make the girl do the turns, you guide her. This observation alone is very general, but it opens the door to help you understand dancing in a new way. Leading is the key to being a great dancer. Lets dive in to see how you can improve the way you play your role on the dance floor as a leader.Here are my tips:

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