Salsa In Toronto: Avoid these 3 mistakes!
Salsa in Toronto is one the best places to take classes, go social dancing in all of Canada. Still, like every other community, how you ‘show up’ on the dance floor matters more than the moves you show up with. So whether it’s you taking dance classes, or going social dancing. If you can learn to avoid these 3 mistakes, there will be a line of people waiting to dance with you!
Keep dry and odors to a minimum.
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 (many dancers are allergic and strong perfume or cologne is usually a turn-off). ‘Nuff said.
Adapt to your dance partner.
Leaders, this means getting to know your partner (especially if you’re dancing with someone the first time) and BE GENTLE! Followers, this means keeping styling to a minimum in 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 Leader’s/Follower’s strength 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.
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 according to how much space there is. 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 possibilities of practicing your more fancy moves, but always remember that all dancers have a right to be on the same dance floor and therefore should all have equal opportunity to room to dance. 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!
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