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.

A whole 1 1/2 years? Took me a lot longer than that.

I think on of the turning events was for me my first Bachata Congress in Berlin. I didn't know too many Bachata patterns and after hours of dancing the brain just switches off and let's the body do it's thing.

But you are right that it might well take longer for the average guy. That means it's not a good training exercise to pick up the skill of letting go control for man.

For woman on the other hand it's something to be learned at the beginning.

Yes, the unfortunate fact is that most leads are taught

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