Thursday, November 12, 2009 6:25 PM
Hey Charlotte Salsa Maniacs,
Check out the meetups for this weekend. I have already posted the event, along with the curriculum for the beginner's boot camp. Here is an excerpt from the intermediate boot camp:
Instructors: Muhammad Abdullah ?the Cat in the Hat?
Level Two: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate Boot Camp:
Purpose: To give you the gift of dance? it will change your life, for the better, forever.
I hear you thinking: ?I already know how to do basic salsa, meringue, and bachata? what do you mean give me the gift of dance? ? If you don?t have joy in your dance; if you don?t have connection with the music, your dance partner of the moment, and the dancers surrounding you, you have not yet fully gotten the gift of dance. You are mainly moving around the floor to music, it?s good exercise, which is a great benefit (I lost 50 pounds this way), but you have not yet embraced the dance. If when someone dances with you, if they don?t feel anything, then baby.. you ain?t doing salsa, you ain?t doing meringue, and you ain? t doing bachata. You got to feel something.
When I was a Kung Fu Instructor in NYC and Connecticut, our grandmaster, Alan Lee, taught us a very comprehensive, complex, and well integrated system. Our credo was:
?First you learn it, then you master it, then you make it beautiful.?
Can imagine how beautiful those NYC dancers in our class made kung fu look? It was hypnotic. I remember sparring (fighting) this beautiful Asian woman, who had me so mesmerized with how beautiful she was making the art look, that I almost got my butt kicked. I thought: ?man you better snap out of it and pay attention; this woman is about to embarrass you out here.? She took , make it beautiful to a whole new level.
So at this level of dance, we are moving beyond the mere learning, to the level of mastery, and the level of making it beautiful. When people see you dance, they will see that you love it, that you are joy to watch, you are comfortable in your own skin, and you are inspiring. They may even come up to you and speak to you in Spanish.
What does that mean? First, for a warm up, we review the basics of:
Learn how to hear the music, find your own dance voice, and connect with another. Be able to dance with anyone in any social setting; to know some patterns, but not to be bound or restricted by them to the point where you can only dance with those who know the same patterns you know.
Call and Response techniques
The theatre and drama of the dancers (as dancers we are story tellers)
That is enough now, more to come... You are going to love it...
See you on the dance floor,
"the Cat in the Hat"
Off to teach at Center Vibe then at Cosmos....