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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Do you remember the articles referencing research that suggests that walking heel/toe is rather recent (last two hundred years or so) development owing to modern footwear. :) Before that people stepped down with the first, which makes sense because that is how we walk when barefoot on uneven...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    What would prevent similar spins with both feet on the floor whole time in salsa too? Rather impressive dance and music background :) I had no idea! You should pitch in here more often. Not sure how to term it, but do you find there is more rubber band effect of the tension pull/release in...
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    Best compliments ever!

    For the sake of argument, assuming what you say is true, it holds the same in any other sphere of life. If as a man you are good at something that a woman aspires to, you become attractive (per the theory you are using). Meeting people? Yes. Statistically my chances are a lot better :)...
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    Best compliments ever!

    Random meeting and sharing common space for a time period are two different things. I know of people who go for yoga retreats for two weeks in exotic locations, people who go on photography tours, people who go backpacking together for multiple days in wilderness, you get it - the list goes on...
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    Salsa life - men vs women

    Not sure how to interpret that comment. How would a reasonably rational person living in Western society be aware of that. Especially when most women you come in day to day contact project themselves to be fairly assertive. I am not sure if you are blaming the 'well intentioned' to be unaware...
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    Best compliments ever!

    I will sum up in a line or two what you are getting it. Temptations are abound, but what we can control is whether we act on them.
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    Best compliments ever!

    So will going back to college for more education. There is no better outlet for meeting new people than college campus and Olympic villages.
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    No matter which dance, the leaders intention always comes first. That is why it is called lead. I am not sure which basic moves can be lead two beats ahead that you are referring to other than the multiple spins. There are many good followers who don’t need the leads on 6,7 (or 2,3) to get...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Since you clearly stated you prefer casino now, curious on why you prefer that? How long have you learnt each !
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    Making the leap...

    Everyone's experience of what they call a "moment" is different. A great dance chemistry as 'moment' for one dancer would be a blah for another, because for that another dancer the "moment" may mean intense physical chemistry. Think of it like - for some dancers a great dance chemistry is not as...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    That is very serious! Able to lead (and follow) from distance without touching and without resorting to jedi mind tricks :)
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    What was your hobby before salsa?

    This is where I live: One thing distinguishes the Silicon Valley dating pool: The men-to-women ratio for employed, young singles in the San Jose metro area is higher than in any other major area. There were about 150 men for every 100 women So 2%-5% females is simply a heavily male dominated...
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    Best compliments ever!

    BTW people break off from committed relationship for far lesser reasons, e.g. chemistry no longer exists or they no longer feel the magic or they no longer are in love or they want to explore life outside of relationship. All without any third person being part of the equation. At the other end...
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    Best compliments ever!

    Now we are getting in to Saudi Arabian territory :P No showing face, no going out being accompanying by father, brother or son; no driving, No dancing etc!
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    Best compliments ever!

    That probability always exist. No matter how faithful anyone has been in the past doesn't protect a person from getting tempted given a perfect storm. Whether a person feels compelled to act on the temptation is a different matter. In my limited non-scientific intuitive reasoning from...
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Enough that I should be able to lead or follow when the physical distance between me and the dance partner is "light years" apart :)
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    Do you even need the basic step to lead?

    Has been discussed on another thread last year about what is your leading philosophy or some similar sounding thread title.
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    Dancing with famous great dancers.

    I don't dance as often as most people because I have always been picky about the music. Almost 80% of the time I usually give the dance my all as much as possible. Depending on the venue, music, floor, vibes and the connection with the partner my all could be 40% of my peak intensity or 80%. On...
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    What was your hobby before salsa?

    On my flight to Warsaw for the congress in nov, the guy seating next to me was going to the magic convention in Warsaw the same weekend. I had no idea what magic was till we started talking. I convinced him he should get into salsa dancing as well :) He did mention that magic conventions were...
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    Review of Forum Upgrades

    Thanks. First time using desktop to browse the forum. Had been using smartphone for last six seven months to read and post. The speed certainly seems to have improved on the mobile. Navigating with the new interface on the mobile is a bit of learning curve. Somethings can be improved on mobile...