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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Hmm ... I think that we have a female member that moved from linear to Cuban salsa for some time. However, it was Cuban "cuban salsa" and not some other's place cuban salsa which is probably important here In my venue, I might be the only one who, after taking linear salsa classes, was...
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    Dancing with famous great dancers.

    After dancing with various higher level dancers from various genres (sometimes in their genre, sometimes outside it) and I would divide them into two groups First group consist of really top level dancers (even at world level) with some strong fundamentals in some genre outside salsa (although...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Well, most teachers are bad ...
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    In Defense of Rueda: Rethinking How We Approach Casino Teaching

    Pretty much the same problem as in linear salsa or other genres
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    I wouldn't say it's a no no. It's just how most european salsa scene looks like
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    I don't see how your post is related to the quoted part of mine :(
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    Making the leap...

    As about privates and despite the price, consider combining group classes with some privates (and of course, home practicing with your partner). With a good teacher, ratio between what you pay and what you get is considerably better than on the group classes. As about "This instructor must think...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Well, it frequently happens that the teacher is talking about one thing, having in mind other thing and demoing third thing ... so no disagreement here, it's just your interpretation of the video that is different than mine Yeah, "pushing to the floor" is also connected with this subject, will...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    He didn't mention leading of the partner at all. His point was on body action in cha cha cha. Only thing he was leading was leading her body action, so that her body action was actually reaction to his leading - it's something I have to do with some sensual bachata followers here that don't have...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    We need to have in mind that this video is quite old (probably something like 90s) and dancing changed a lot since. Also, his dancing didn't look the way he explained "american way of teaching". And sound in the video is somewhat out of sync Anyway, we are talking about several different...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    I would say that frame as such actually exists only in BR standard and int. style I'm familiar with is danced in closed hold. And even there, in recent decade it changed in a way that it is a kind of isolated from the lower body and much more relaxed than before. So I had to le-learn it on BR...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Problem with marking the time with upper body only is: you can do it solo or together with the partner in close hold. Once you try leading something, your arms and upper body are occupied with that and your rhythm dies (happens frequently to many) ...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Anyway, I would say that cha cha cha part of this video actually has a historical value. It is reminding me a lot to how people dance sensual bachata today - not much steps, not much weigh transfer, not much hips, lots of body isolations. So it looks like it is (sensual bachata that is) actually...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Yeah, that guy is a big name in BR latin, many times world champion ... never liked him ... if you ask me, this video is total BS I hope terence can give us a comment is it really how in America they were teaching cha cha cha (even in ballroom)
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    Cali Style Salsa is much harder for follows

    Obviously Being able to follow (survive) complicated leading still doesn't mean someone is actually a good dancer ... unfortunatelly, most are far from that ...