Salsa > Counting me in? Turning me off!

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by Ms_Sunlight, Oct 3, 2005.

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  1. saludas

    saludas New Member

    Absolutely. Good dancing is... good dancing. Even if you're not from Cuba (LOL)...
  2. saludas

    saludas New Member

    LOL!! That's what makes beginners - intermediates!! LOL
  3. borikensalsero

    borikensalsero Moderator

    This is the issue that collides with Salseros and some of your posts, even when they are truly informative, they lack understanding of the street world. All the technique in a ballroom world will never create a street salsero. Instead, the person must get away from all the rules and regulations and go against ballroom decorated techniques in terms of creating a result.

    It is in result that we differ, not technique. Body movement technique is all the same! It is result that changes its application, which is what seems to lack when you speak of the street world, because it applies rules that create an undesirable result.

    Social dancing's need aren't the same as that of the ballroom world. Why would a social dancer desire to look ballroomish? Why would a ballroom dancer want to look street?

    We are talking about two totally different animals. What is sought after in ballroom is asked to stay on the porch in the street world. The technique is used based on applicability to result.

    It means nothing about my technique rather its application towards a different result. You stress the correctness of technique, based on what you have been taught to be correct based upon what the dance is desired to look. I do the same, yet that dance isn’t supposed to look ballroom, even while using the exact same rules of body movement.

    It is relative Saludas. I've yet to see a ballroom couple dance a cha cha or a mambo that hasn't over powered the music. Why? Because I am looking at it from a completely different set of standards, cha cha is neither sharp, quick, or sudden. Coming from a street point of view, they are all part of a cha cha and a mambo in ballroom. Hence, why all street dancers say what they say about ballroom salsa, and cha cha. What to you is prefect blend of body and music, is an utter mis-understanding of the music to us in the street world.

    It isn't to say that you are wrong and I am correct. All it means is that the absolute perfect applicability of technique under one scenario based upon a desired result, is out of place in another. Otherwise, every salsero in this forum would agree with your statements about the look and feel, when and how of the dance. Yet, we don’t.

    I certainly believe that it has nothing to do with how much I know or don’t know about technique, but rather how I use your exactly same techniques of body movement, to create a totally different result.
  4. saludas

    saludas New Member

    True, and I understand your points.

    We are really talking about the same thing, though, in 'result' - it's expression. The expression of a street salsa is not the same as a ballroom cha cha, for sure. But, we both DO seem to agree that the better the dancer is, the better the result - the expression is better because the expressEE can do it, better.

    The 'salsa street attitude' CAN be visualised, created, and performed by people who dance well. They just need to understand what is the 'expression' is that makes it salsa. You verbalised much of it in your post very clearly.

    For instance, in ballroom, cha cha is characterised as a game of cat-and-mouse, quick and playful. That's why you see all the syncopations and chasing. Take that characterization away, and all it is is 'moves'. To make a dance come alive it must express these things.

    To make dance come alive, tho, it needs a good dancer.
  5. africana

    africana New Member

    geez still full of it

    obviously good dancing = non-social non-cuban jewish/italian ballroom dancing

    now it's crystal clear to the rest of us bad-dancing beginner social street salsa heathens on this salsa forum

  6. chachachacat

    chachachacat Well-Known Member

    Oy que va! Jewish/Italian dancing! Baruch ballo prego gevalt! :lol: :lol:
  7. Pebbles

    Pebbles New Member

    There is a difference between dancing salsa like patterns using ballroom techniques and actually dancing Salsa. I think you are still stuck in the ballroom frame of mind. In ballroom "good leader gives a lead that allows the follower to move onTo the beat", or in other words, using lead&follow for basic actions. In salsa the follower keeps the rhythm and basic actions, and the lead creates variations and patterns building onto the follower's movements.
  8. africana

    africana New Member

    baha :lol: no no i love jewish and italian and cuban and all people, was I just referring to many old comments posted that sounded anti cuban and pro jewish (now there's an agenda I still haven't figured out)
  9. chachachacat

    chachachacat Well-Known Member

    No offense at all, I was just being funny!
  10. saludas

    saludas New Member

    I certainly don't agree with this. That is what it LOOKS like, but I doubt that a leader will actually agree that all they do is 'nudge' the follower into new patterns, while not creating the rhythm.

    I take that back - I seem many 'leaders' doing that a lot. I just don't think they are doing the right thing...
  11. borikensalsero

    borikensalsero Moderator

    I agree when basing observations upon a desired result, at this time Mambo.

    I’d like to get a little philosophical though... as this is where my response truly states my beliefs on “better”.

    A dancer is a great dancer regardless of another’s judgment of the person’s skills. Why great? The action of dancing makes that person the best dancer that person can be to himself. It wouldn’t make for a very good performance to see someone jumping around attempting to do mambo, but heck, I’m judging him from what I want to see… Other than that…. WEEEEEEEEEPAAAA. I might not pay to see that show.

  12. tacad

    tacad New Member


    And we will again. :wink:
  13. Pebbles

    Pebbles New Member

    There are many popular salsa patterns where the lead breaks off briefly then reconnects with the follower. If the follower is not keeping her own rhythm independent of the lead, she won't have the right momentum and position when the reconnect happens. If you've done any salsa beyond the basics, I don't see how you could have missed it.
  14. Chris Stratton

    Chris Stratton New Member

    'nudge' seems like a workable leading technique - the key would be to apply the lead at exactly the right time. It doesn't really matter who is counting out the follower's actions - she's moving and there's a time at the arrival on each step when you can indicate a new direction that she can easily flow into, while outside of that window when she can only awkwardly respond to new information.

    And that's exactly how the turn in a latin alemana is lead - as the lady arrives on the step, a mutual compression in the hands nudges her to convert the arrival into a turn. It's easier for the leader to do if he's taken a matching step in the same timing, but that's not essential if he can really think her movements in place of whatever alternative his body is doing.
  15. saludas

    saludas New Member

    However, in ALL dancing the follow continues to dance even when they are not 'connected' physically. And all followers have to do this by dancing to the music. What's your point?
  16. Pebbles

    Pebbles New Member

    In ballroom you can disconnect for several bars and dance independently. If you think that is similiar to dancing salsa turn patterns, where the break/reconnect can happen within one or two beats for several times in a pattern, you missed the point entirely.
  17. saludas

    saludas New Member

    I guess I did. Tell me what the difference is between disconnecting for 1 beat or 20?
  18. africana

    africana New Member

    :lol: :lol: wow even the ballroom experts disagree with you

    just so you know saludas, I'm holding my breath waiting for the next salsa workshop you teach, maybe at a premier congress? I'll be the first to sign up :lol:
    but of course I prefer to watch my teachers actually dance salsa to see whether or not they know what they're talking about
  19. Chris Stratton

    Chris Stratton New Member

    There are repeated 1-2 beat disconnections in American ballroom as well.

    What's generally not seen in ballroom is true, unscripted overt dialogue-type interaction - I'm sure it happens now and then, but it's rarely the emphasis and so isn't what people tend to practice towards being prepared for. (Doesn't mean it's always scripted, just that the spontaneous form does not tend to be dialogue - you don't really see follower's shines too often)
  20. Pebbles

    Pebbles New Member

    Find out yourself:

    1. Sign up for an advanced turn pattern class with a top salsa instructor. You are in NY. And since you are such an advanced dancer, you ought to know who they are.

    2. Try lead the turn patterns with all the ballroom techniques that you keep insisting all good salsa dancers do.

    3. see your own results
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