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    Salsa life - men vs women

    Casino pasealas usually are led by wrists - does that also bother you? During checks it is easier to use wrist, but is is not a grab, of course ... As for thumbs - every beginners lesson I have seen teaches that ...
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    Moves to use with absolute beginner girl (line style)

    Adios usually are OK. Hammerlocks are OK, if follow allows hand to be put in hammerlock position (not always). Double handed single turns work (on spot and with CBL). Simple wraps, if you are willing to compensate and move more quickly. And most stuff in closed position ...
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    Feeling an obligation

    I reread the original question finally - its was mostly about "former" students. What I wrote was about current students, sorry. Of course, teacher does not have an obligation forever to dance with someone who took single lesson couple years ago ... :) Ocationally asking some long term former...
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    Feeling an obligation

    No, this is like refusing to talk in English to your students, unless you are getting paid. At the same time having conversations with everyone else. I hope you are not teaching while social dancing .... Social dance teachers are getting paid for teaching student to social dance. Not for...
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    Feeling an obligation

    I provided my opinion. Disagreement, I guess, is, if dancing socially with students is included in teachers contract. I think it is. Most people learn to dance to be able to dance at the parties. If teacher can not teach that and help in any way in a process, he is not doing his job. Like I...
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    Feeling an obligation

    And that would be the last time I take lessons with that teacher. IMHO every teacher owes a student a dance in a party. It is part of a deal of being a teacher, sorry. And yes, for a techer - lead, it would mean asking his current students in a party (even if she does not chase you down). If you...
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    The implications of dancing consecutive times with the same person during a night of dancing

    I have a strict 1 dance rule (with very, very few exceptions, like dance started in a middle of song, next dance is completely different - bachata, cha after salsa, etc and I know the current partner). My main reasons: 1. I need to know the song, before I choose a partner. 2. If I always dance...
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    Silence or lack of leadership in salsa dancing community?

    From my experiences: LindyHopers love their music and just worship live music :) Kizombies like their music a lot, but are devided between traditionalist and urban. They do not care for live music too much. Bachateros like remixes of popular songs. Modern latin bachata is OK, but dominican...
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    Salsa life - men vs women

    Strongly disagree. One song rule (which I follow almost always) allows me to ask every beginner as well as expert dancers. I have a hard time doing only basic (offten correcting timing) for 2 songs in a row ... And yes - I like to listen to the song, before asking a follower. Some followers hate...
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    Salsa life - men vs women

    It is true and my simplistic explanation is because leads are asking (not the only reason, of course). Leads are better shielded from the truth, because they have to be active and most followers are polite. If followers were asking situation would be reversed :( Skills do play a role, but for...
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    If you had the options of a party with great dance performers or one with a great salsa band...

    There is no comparison. Band of course. 99% of involved in my salsa scene would vote the same. But we had live salsa band exactly once during last 4 -5 years. That is a curse of small scenes. You need general public to be interested in latin music, which is not the case. And there is no...
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    Teachers.....lol

    I guess so :) Most dancers I admire (teachers or/and very musical dancers) never speak bad about the music style in general. True, they usually preffer one or the other, but do not generalize and offten use good examples of other styles, when appropriate (some timba for warmup at the on2...
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    Teachers.....lol

    IMHO, it is bad style to leave original as a quote with "Marcos said: ". I would preffer to leave quote untouched and copy modified version of original text with IFYP comment ... ;) As for content - nothing personal, but in my (limited) experience, people who are very hostile to non...
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    Teachers.....lol

    1. To peak the students interest in historical/cultural aspects of a dance? Otherwise I would be still thinking, that salsa is hot spanish dance, danced by matadors between bull fights ... :D 2. To give a perspective? I remember after a few lessons in bachata, where I decided, that slide is...
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    DJs - Your Golden Rules

    I have only one main criteria for a good DJ - ability to read the crowd. I think most people do not need a music teacher in a party ... Of course, I have my preffered music, but, if I am in a minority, I will try to dance to whatever is a preffered music for a majority. There is one local DJ I...
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    What's the best way to avoid being asked for a dance by a specific girl from now on?

    If she asks only once per evening, I would still dance and consider this a challange to make something out of impossible connection. If it is more offten, I would try to talk to her, like previous post suggested. If that still does not help, then saying "no" is always an option. Or you can just...
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    Why I don’t dance ... anymore

    Hostility against sensual bachata is funny on this forum, and for the newbies here - it does not reflect real life ... :D But going back to the original article, IMHO current trend it is not so much “sensuality”, but “ease of entry”. Very few people want to invest lots of time and money to...
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    Should I expect first\ last dance of the night

    I usually have couple first dances with my wife, but I would be glad for her, if someone else (good dancer, of course ;) ) would ask her first. I do not see an importance to dance exactly first dance. First dance really is a warm-up and usually is not that great anyway. But I try always dance...
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    What kills salsa

    I have not been in a scene for 10 years, but I would say it is very stable for last 4-5 years. And what would be the new dance fashion? Kizomba seems over the peak of popularity. Pure kizomba parties are very rare, kizomba + bachata parties are may be 1/10 of salsa (counting linear and cuban...
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    Differences between Cuban Salsa and Casino on the dance floor

    I am using my understanding on how "classical" casino is different from "modern" and assuming MIami is used as a synonym to "moderm" or "Cuban salsa" and not just style coming from one Miami school :) 1. Continuous rotation: 1st clip - almost no rotation, 2nd and 3rd clip - good rotation 2...