January 24, 2008 § 5 Comments
It sounds so aggressive.. but hey… Have you ever felt like this before:
Of course you have … Because your partner just learned a few new tricks and wanted to show all of them. The purpose of this article is to build awareness of all salseros, that dancing salsa is not something you do to show off and that there are other people involved as well.
As a great addition I just chatted with a friend from Croatia, who recently started a campaign called Stop Salsa Violence. It is mainly used to present rules of proper behavior on the dance floor, so we would all avoid those heels that can hurt like hell and those elbows that make us see even the non-existing stars!
So here are a few rules, we should all obey and salsa instructors should teach their students:
1. Ask politely for a dance.
2. Don’t turn down the invitation if somebody asks you politely.
3. If you wear high heels, be aware of them!
4. Don’t step on the heel with back steps!!! NEVER!!!
5. First test how much knowledge does your partner have!
6. If he/she is a beginner – make basic steps and maybe some simple turns.
7. If he/she knows how to dance, lead her (him?) smoothly into the moves – don’t drag her around like a bag of potatoes!
8. Ask what kind of style does your partner dance.
9. Observe and be always aware of your surroundings – try to avoid hitting and being hit.
10. Say thank you when you finish dancing.
This is written more from a women’s perspective, but some rules relate to both genders. Remember: the coolest dancers are those, who can always adjust to the level of their dancing partner! 🙂