Salsa violence?

January 24, 2008 § 5 Comments

It sounds so aggressive.. but hey… Have you ever felt like this before:Crazy_dancing

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! 🙂

Stop Salsa Violence

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§ 5 Responses to Salsa violence?

  • Tajana says:

    Thank you for supporting our campain 🙂

    I think that the main problem is that ,when dancers are reading articles about this problem, they don’t think that we are talking about them, They don’t find themselves stepping on other dancers, hitting other dancing… They think that they are always polite and nice…

  • Irena Pfundner says:

    Oh yes… I know. And you know, why I know – because I was one of them! I was always complaining about other ladies wearing those high heels and about partners spinning me into other couples … And when I stepped on somebody it was just an innocentlooking “oops!!” However, we have to think in advance: if there’s crowd on the dance floor, let’s minimize everything. I guess a very trendy saying fits nicely here: LESS IS MORE! 🙂

  • Esteban from Puerto Rico says:

    This is so true and real. Ive been both perpetrator and victim, so I decided that this will not happen again ever. So when surfing through the net I saw the page from Croatia, Icall my friend Abigail and told her all about the movement , We decided to do our part in Puerto Rico which means T-shirts, leaflets about dance floor ettiquete, talking to friends and fellow dancers. THIS MADNESS HAS TO STOP, the showing off in a crowded floor, floor cleaning , treating girls like dancing rag dolls etc. this gives Salsa a bad name. People if we love this dance and music the way we say we do let behave like family and take care of each other on the dance floor!!!!!

  • Irena Pfundner says:

    Hey cool! Thanks for the support. Please share with us your experience than, send us some photos and stuff like that. We have to talk about this a lot, in order to develop the right manners on the dancefloor. Keep in touch!

  • […] Comments This post seemed necessary after last nights party. If you remember, a few months ago I wrote about a campaign called “Stop salsa violence”, which was started by Tajana from […]

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