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Quick Salsa Styling Tips for Ladies

Quick Salsa Styling Tips for Ladies

If anyone out there is wondering, "what can I do to improve that doesn't involve the natural process of getting good over time," I have some answers for you. Using body movements, you can improve how you look when you dance simply by remembering these easy tips.

Top 5 Tips to Learn Salsa Dancing on Your Own

Most articles, forums, and videos emphasize these two ways to learn: in class and at the club. Yet there is so much more that you can do on your own to become a better dancer- no floor or partner necessary. Here are 5 tips to help you learn Salsa on your own, which will help you improve at a MUCH faster rate.1. MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE MIRROR- Practice body rolls against a wall or mirror, focusing on 'peeling yourself off of the wall'. For a downward roll, start with your head and follow with your chest, stomach, hips, and knees. For an upward roll, come back up with your knees, hips, stomach, chest and finally head. This will give you the muscle memory, and muscles in general, to do great body rolls while dancing.

Take the lead (or follow?)

One of my favorite things to see when I'm out social dancing or watching a performance is a woman who can lead or a guy who can follow. I think there's a bit of pride, maybe a bit of machismo and a bit of apprehension when it comes to changing the traditional lead and follow roles and I think that's really a shame.

Eddie Torres explains Salsa On2

Thanks to our correspondent Karlos, who sent us this nice video clip of an old Eddie Torres instructional DVD. I get a lot of questions about timing and clave - and of course, the main discussion of dancing On2/On1. Here is a great find, one of the best I've seen, on what it is to dance on clave. This instruction specifically shows you how the 'tumbao' or 'el vacio' hooks into the basic salsa step. Specifically, watch how when those parts of the beat match the parts where Eddie in the video breaks forward and back. Of course, that is all I will say (to reduce the nasty-grams about On2). Anyways, a video is worth ten-thousand words.

A video is worth 1000 words - On2 partially explained.

A forum member (Rumnet) found a great video by an instructor exaggerating the salsa basic step on2 timing. Again, if you haven't already check out the forum post "Salsa Technicals : On1 vs On2. The Difference ". This video shows the example of what I have been trying to explain in words. When dancing on2, the pause happens when your feet are apart - and therefore you actually have two whole counts to get your feet back together. While On1 and On2 are TECHNICALLY the same steps, the way they are EXECUTED are different.

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