As a lead, you learn that you aren't really controlling much of anything in Salsa either. You're setting boundary conditions; follows have a fascinating way of exploring the space of those boundaries in ways you often don't expect.

For advanced dancing that's true. For beginners, not so much. At the beginning Salsa is the guy leading a move and the woman following.

If you are a guy and want to learn dancing for the sake of letting go control I wouldn't recommend Salsa. I think it took me 1 1/2 years to get to that point.

A whole 1 1/2 years? Took me a lot longer than that. I've been at Salsa mainly for about a decade.

Yes, the unfortunate fact is that most leads are taught to "lead moves" when they start. If they were taught to lead movement, they'd make faster progress, IMO. Leading should be leading, to the point of manipulation, and not signaling a choreographed maneuver. I've seen a West Coast instructor teach a beginning class that way, and thought it was the best beginning class I had ever seen.

Open thread, January 25- February 1

by NancyLebovitz 1 min read25th Jan 2014318 comments


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