Salsa Shines Practice (At Home)

This is an online Facebook event, listing a new salsa track every day for 2 weeks. I've decided to copy the event posts here as well for people not on Facebook.

I've talked about this before but now is the perfect time to put it into practice, over the lazy Christmas weeks when most salsa classes have stopped for the holidays.

So, what's the idea. Well nearly every student has asked me at some point one of the following questions :
- I can't find the beat in the music
- How do I get better/faster/easier to dance with
- Can you give me some good salsa music

This is the the solution, 2 weeks, 1 song per day, in the comfort of your own home, but it's up to you to do the work :-) I will post a new song every morning and all you have to do is dance to that song (preferably in front of the mirror) on your own. I'll suggest some easy steps to start with but I want you to build your own confidence over the 2 weeks, so that you will add in some shines you may have on your phone from a class, or ladies styling that you've learned but aren't confident enough to try it on the dance floor.

I GUARANTEE if you do this for 2 weeks, you will walk onto the dance floor in 2018 as a more confident dancer, with a better understanding of salsa music and a passion for dancing salsa. I'll be on hand every day to answer any questions and give you that extra push, but you need to put the time in, I know it is hard to get 3 or 4 minutes each day ....... seriously if you can't find that time, there's something wrong with you :-)

We will start on Monday 18th with the first song, so please invite your friends, it doesn't matter if they dance or not and it doesn't matter where they are. You can post photos and videos if you want, but this is all about YOU and making yourself a better dancer. Happy dancing :-)

Day 1 - are you ready ?

We'll start off very easy today. Fairly straight forward song, nothing crazy, all I would like you to do is play the track at least once and just do whatever you think are basic steps. Today is all about listening to the music and keeping your basics on time.

If you are a beginner or not used to dancing shines on your own, just do the very basic steps and simple turns. The song doesn't change beat or change tempo, so just keep going and try to hit the 1 every time. If you don't get it first time, listen through the song and play it again, when you have an idea of what it's doing.

If you're a more experienced dancer, try to anticipate and listen for the breaks in the song and 'acknowledge' them. At this stage, I'm not going to tell you what to do, just do something that you feel suits that part of the song :-)

So, get a bit of space, put on your dancing shoes, turn the music up loud and go for it. There is no-one watching, this is all about you and building confidence in yourself.

Everyone is capable of doing shines and dancing to the music, it's just that most of the time, we are scared of what we look like or worried about doing something wrong.

So hold your head up high, exaggerate everything and just do it. See what happens.

Feel free to let us know if you get through Day 1 and there will be plenty more in the next 2 weeks, with a different song every day, some tips and tricks and a few helpful videos along the way :-)

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