Salsa Dancing Mistakes

How you ‘show up’ on the dance floor matters more than the moves you show up with. So whether you are taking dance classes, or going social dancing, here are some mistakes to avoid when Salsa dancing.

Keep Dry and Avoid Odours

If you are especially sweaty (it happens) then be sure to either dry off frequently or change outfits! A good heavy-duty deodorant goes a long way, but strong perfume and cologne do not (some dancers are allergic and strong perfume or cologne is usually a turn-off). ‘Nuff said.

Serve your Dance Partner

Leaders, this means getting to know your partner (especially if you’re dancing with someone for the first time) and BE GENTLE! Followers, this means keeping styling to a minimum at the beginning of a dance until you know your partner’s skill level and being attentive to your Leader’s technique. All experienced dancers will tell you that every dancer is different and that you must adapt to your partner’s strengths and weaknesses. Paying attention to your dance partner and their comfort level in turn patterns, embrace, and styling will make for a more enjoyable experience for both of you. Remember you are there to dance with your partner, not just for you to try out new moves. Being selfish when Salsa dancing is probably the biggest mistake to avoid.

Stick to Your Lane

As much as possible, be conscientious about staying in your dance space. Real estate on a crowded dance floor is a prized possession but should not be fought over. When you find a spot on the dance floor be mindful of the couples around you and adapt your dancing accordingly. If the dance floor is crowded keep your turn patterns small and simple, and styling to a minimum. More dance floor space means more room to breathe and the possibility of practicing fancier moves, but always remember that all dancers have a right to be on the same dance floor. Nobody enjoys a shoe heel stab in their foot or an elbow knock on the head – a night of Salsa dancing shouldn’t be a game of bumper cars!

So avoid these three mistakes in Salsa dancing and you will be a sought-after partner on the dance floor. And that will make you and your partners feel great.

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