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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    If only 90% of the music wasn't utter drivel...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Ugh.
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Ugh.
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    If someone does something completely wrong, then it's not really relevant to show as an option - so it's very much relevant to not use awful examples. Being called a rough lead is more to do with not using proper frame, connection level/tension, positioning and applying unnecessary force. If...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    I will refrain from speculating on why that is :P Reflects my impression as well! I speculate that many European casineros are conditioned to think you only dance casino to timba (to exaggerate slightly).
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Of course casino can be danced to all of those genres, but typically it's not danced much (ime in Europe anyway) to salsa dura of the kind you're referring to in the below post. Not being familiar whatsoever with the NY casino scene, I imagine you wouldn't find too many songs in that tempo range...
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    Advice for a new person

    Definitely not just a US thing - I know something similar has happened in two Norwegian cities as well.
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    Advice for a new person

    I think this is the case for 99% of dancers, given the lack of good teachers who both have the technique AND will/pedagogical skills necessary to transfer their knowledge to students. Goes double for people unfamiliar with the music and way of moving, like all Western countries.
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Agreed, but imo you're not really an advanced dancer without a big appreciation for the music you dance to/use when dancing. Which is why I was curious about @manzanadulce not mentioning the music as a reason for preferring casino over linear.
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Correct! For me, the "choice" of linear vs casino was super easy - I actively dislike most timba, which is the most played music by far during casino centric events. I absolutely love salsa. No real choice! For me and I suspect for most SFers, music preference is the most important factor in...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Please do, I've never seen it. From a physics/efficiency standpoint, keeping both feet firmly on the ground during spinning would seem counterintuitive and limit the # of revolutions (though anything beyond a double and the rare triple is practically useless in social dancing anyway imo)...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Yeah sorry about that. And sure, but I bet there are still subtleties she hasn't picked up on.
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    There are also spin variations in linear salsa, Adolfo teaches touching down between each revolution e.g. - fairly different from the (sometimes excessive) prep and much more relaxed. You'll see the same in many social vids posted in the video section. I'd add that I think many followers...
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    Advice for a new person

    I'd like to echo timberamayor's suggestion of practicing outside of class. Especially as a lead, it's invaluable. I was lucky enough to practice with two different partners as a beginner lead, without it the journey would have been much, much harder. 1) Practice with a partner between classes...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    I find it pretty interesting that you didn't say anything about the music @manzanadulce! No preference there?
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Surely you're joking with those vids @granrey. Edit: there are so many excellent examples of Dunning-Kruger on youtube, it's amazing!
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    Salsa life - men vs women

    I haven't danced with Adolfo myself, but this is not the impression I get of his leading at all.
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    Salsa life - men vs women

    Definitely on the top of her hand, yes. Not even remotely related to the lobster claw/death grip. It goes the other way too btw - some follows hold on to my fingers with a death grip which makes it impossible to lead, and is quite painful. They get blacklisted pretty fast.
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    How do you acquire music?

    Super late answer, but thought I'd give you one anyway @afincao! I use Spotify a lot to find music, because like iTunes, the selection is pretty remarkable and ever-growing. I use the following ways to discover new songs on Spotify and in general: - Soundhound/Shazaam if I hear a cool song...
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    choreography vs Leading/following

    And yet others will play back at/with you if you play with time :D