Re: [salsa-419] Do Guys And Girls Learn Salsa At A Different Pace?

From: nylatinluver09
Sent on: Sunday, March 15, 2009 12:58 PM

Is there any level classes for level 2 ... on Monday .. Sat or Friday ... I work Wed, and Thrusday down the block. I have taken some  salsa classes and looking to get back into it. I do not mind starting from scratch due that I'm trying to get my g/f into it.

Please advice ...

thank you,


-----Original Message-----
From: Todd Chen <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sun, 15 Mar 2009 12:00 pm
Subject: [salsa-419] Do Guys And Girls Learn Salsa At A Different Pace?

Hi Salsa Students
Leaders, typically guys, usually have more to worry about than followers do in the beginning. In addition to the timing, frame, footwork and remembering the pattern, the leaders must concentrate on their lead. This is one of the trickiest areas in the art of dancing salsa. The lead requires a good connection; great timing and usually only improves with a lot of practice with different partners. Also followers can often be reminded of the step from a good lead while leaders do not have this luxury.
Following is also an art, which takes time to develop properly. A good follower must develop sensitivity to the lead, learn not to anticipate, develop a great frame and resistance, and have the right tension in the wrists and elbows. In addition, followers do a lot more "spinning" and "styling", which can be a difficult area to master. The biggest sticking point for most beginners is letting go of the control. Many ladies feel more comfortable leading than following especially in New York where we have so many beautiful independent women. The transition from trying to predict a man's next move to just going with the flow and following by intuition takes a lot of practice. Dancing with different partners at salsa classes and social events will be the best way to learn. 

Another reason why beginner-followers may learn faster is that they may dance more in the clubs with better dancers who lead them, getting great practice. Beginner leaders have a "slightly" tougher time getting great followers to dance with them, and even if they do, they are limited to their own level since they are leading. 
In general leaders take a longer time to learn the basics than followers do but each person learns at a different pace and sometimes leaders learn quicker than followers. When it comes down to it, it really doesn't matter if you lead or follow. The people who learn faster are the ones practice the most and regularly attend classes.

- Todd Chen
NY Salsa Meetup Organizer
TUESDAY's 8:00pm - Level 1 Beginner: Salsa Basics
Roy Arias Studios 6th fl. 300 W 43rd St [Studio 606]
THURSDAY's 7:00pm - Level 1 & 2 Shines & Partnerwork
Pearl Studios 4th fl. 500 8th Ave [Studio 412]
Single class $10 PURCHASE
Five classes $50 PURCHASE
Prepaid passes are good for admission at all classes
Private Lessons available by appointment
$75 for individuals, $85 for a couple
LEVEL 2 STUDENTS - Become a Student Instructor and earn unlimited free classes. All students who have taken up to 4 level 2 classes are qualified. Your responsibilities would simply be to answer questions and assist struggling students from the level 1 class. Help out 3 times a month and you receive a free month of classes as my way of saying thanks. Training will be provided. Please e-mail me if your interested. 

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