Salsa > Difficulty of learning salsa vs East Coast swing

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by Swing Learner, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. Swing Learner

    Swing Learner Member

    I've been taking lessons in East Coast Swing and salsa for a few months, and my experience agrees with 'range of difficulty of learning dance styles' lists that I've found on the Internet. That is, ECS seems somewhat easier to learn than salsa.

    I can't figure out why salsa seems harder, though.

    Can anyone here enlighten me about this?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    I would say it has to do with the amount of turn. Salsa has The Cross body lead as an integrel part of the dance which means that we were doing a lot of half turns or one and a half turns. It might also be the teacher. Maybe the East Coast Swing teacher has more experience
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  3. Swing Learner

    Swing Learner Member

    Thanks for the reply, DanceMentor!
  4. opendoor

    opendoor Well-Known Member

    Not really, because it also depends on the proficiency of the teachers. That aside, I found salsa music in the beginning by far more complex and unfamiliar. Perhaps a latino will conceive it the other way round. Furthermore ECS is a more defused version of swing as it is a studio-born build. A lot of salsa teachers have been performance dancers before they started "teaching".
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  5. Swing Learner

    Swing Learner Member

    Thanks for the reply, opendoor.
  6. Newdancer81

    Newdancer81 Active Member

    Weird. I found ECS a lot more difficult and gave up on it after 1 month.
  7. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    Simple answer ; The music is very complex, and, bands that play salsa , are very diverse in how they construct.

    In some cases, standard formats may change ( clave for one ex. ) .
    In addition, there are cases where the break action is danced on different beats within the bar ( 1 and 2 being common and sometimes 3 ).
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  8. Swing Learner

    Swing Learner Member

    Thanks, tangotime.
  9. opendoor

    opendoor Well-Known Member

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  10. Swing Learner

    Swing Learner Member

    opendoor, thanks. I'll give it a try.
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