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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Sadly, true
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    That area, like Ballet, is technically different to what is used in social latin styles.
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    Advice for a new person

    If possible, try other teachers. Practice is the main objective for you . And never be afraid to ask questions..
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    Advice for a new person

    Much to early in her journey. The complexities may be confusing. Plenty of great Cuban music available..
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Its' NOT semantics but a descriptive term. That is something Cubano's to this day,when they "dance ".One can see this in Danzon and many other dance forms . It has been in use for over 80 plus years ,a literal explanation . And, it does...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    1st vid,, she is showing a walk around turn on the 1st bar NOT a spin
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Those vids are still technically incorrect. The direction of the ladies R foot needs to be turning to the Right, prepping the turn. And, more importantly, the lady needs to use her BODY to commence the turn in conjunction with the foot.. The action is commensurate with the way we walk. Here's a...
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    Contemporary Son Recommendations

    Both a tad too fast for my taste.
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    Contemporary Son Recommendations

    I like the song, but, it does not "mark " one of the defining characters in a dominant 8 and 4.
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    The Cuban Music and Dance Movie Thread

    My point really was this ; In the latino clubs I frequented the majority of dancers did not like the space they took up , so from a social standpoint ( unless a very large floor ) is not compatible .
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    What is Mambo

    So you think that slow danced mambos did not exist.? . How could you possibly know, you were not even alive.. Oh.. I forgot, you are an expert on the dance ( as you are in all others )..
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    The Cuban Music and Dance Movie Thread

    I will admit that, it's a great way to get all together for fun, but has little value in the social salsa scene .
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    The Cuban Music and Dance Movie Thread

    Very enjoyable. I wish there had been more freeform Salsa. tad too heavy on Rueda for me .
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    What is Mambo

    Whatever you classify a songs genre by is not always necessarily what dance is used to express the rhythm. And, RUMBA is the umbrella term that encompasses all ,and was being used before Mambo emerged The song being played is more appropriate for Mambo than any other of the social dances...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    The turns in todays salsa are still copies of Lindy turns among others . The mambo quickly became a hybrid and swing was the main contributor from both E and W. coast swing . And yes , we did do "turns" of varying kinds, and you like most, seem to judge what you see...
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    CUBA

    I would agree on the whole, but it was a germain point. In context, the embargo did stifle musicians to a certain degree .. nuff said
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    Guaracha definition

    That's painful to watch...
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    What is Mambo

    There are other songs Usually never, but in this case it was appropriate . There are other ex. .
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Many Cubans, particularly couples, frequently dance socially in a closed hold position. ( I even have taught this to some of my students. ) . The closed hold if taught correctly gives a better follower response .