Salsa In Toronto: 3 mistakes to avoid as a beginner

If you’re a Salsa dancer in Toronto and a beginner, you’re super lucky. So many dancers, so many dance schools and so many dance spots for you to experience. So much so that as a beginner you can get overwhelmed really easily. Don’t worry, we are here to help! Here are 3 common mistakes you should avoid as a Salsa dancer in Toronto

Comparing yourself to other dancers

I was the slowest dancer in every single dance class I took. I wish my instructor reminded me not to compare myself to others. Some people will pick it up faster than you and you never notice the people who pick it up slower. So when you come to your classes or go out dancing just focus on improving by 1% compared to your past self.

Not going social dancing

I kept thinking I am not ready to go out social dancing until I know more moves. If I knew more moves I wouldn’t look bad or make as many mistakes. No matter how many moves I learned, it was never enough though. So start social dancing as soon as you know how to do your (right turn, left turn, cross body lead) because you will learn faster and it’s just more fun. Accept you will make mistakes and that it’s not about the moves.

Ignoring the beat

A dancer prefers someone who dances on the beat and does basic moves to someone who is intermediate and is off beat. So in class practice counting as you’re learning your movements. Both leaders and followers tend to focus on moves but remember that most dances have turns and tricks. What makes Salsa its own dance is the counts you dance to and the rhythm. Listen to Salsa music on your free time and try counting it to hear the main beat (on 1 salsa it’s count 1).

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