Salsa > Etiquette

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by brujo, Aug 28, 2003.

  1. brujo

    brujo New Member

    Was having a conversation on dance floor etiquette and floor skills the other day. As with everything, I find that some things I found acceptable were considered sins by my friend.

    Dipping, for example, I always thought that if you had enough room and she said yes, you could go ahead and dip on the dance floor. My friend insisted that with aerials, drops and other fancy moves, it should be kept off the dance floor. But I see many dancers dip and drop to their heart's content in the floor. What are some 'rules' that should be applied on the dance floor and why are these not taught with turn patterns?
  2. Danish Guy

    Danish Guy New Member

    I guess somebody mixes up the Salsa and the Salsa show moves.

    Some move may look cool if they are rehearsed, planed and preformed from a scene.

    They don’t belong on a social dance floor.

    But lately I noticed some admiring and thereby encouragement to do this stuff. :evil: :evil: :evil:

    See the article SD posted here
  3. youngsta

    youngsta Active Member

    I won't do drops social dancing. There are some dips I don't see a problem with if:

    1)There's room
    2)Its with a partner you know (a friend)
    3)Very basic dip
  4. Porfirio Landeros

    Porfirio Landeros New Member

    As crowded as salsa floors tend to be, I agree that you have to show some respect and have fun while keeping the dancing "compact."

    If there's an opportunity, I don't see a problem with a dip - even a big one, but from my dance-upbringing, lifts, drops, and even routines don't belong on the social dance floor, since they are disrespectful to everyone else's space.

    I started dancing because my mother made me go to a manners class [cotillion] that taught social dancing as part of its course... I don't think hardly anyone gets lessons in dance etiquette anymore.
  5. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Okay, so drops are generally a no. Dips are at your discretion. How about other dance floor etiquette? Anything else you should do (or not do) to keep it polite?
  6. brujo

    brujo New Member

    Most of my questions were answered here

    An interesting idea that I read somewhere: Etiquette is very simple, it is all about respect. Respect for the club owners, respect for the band, respect for your partner and respect for the people around you... :twisted:
  7. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    Even in clubs where it is acceptable to dip with girls that don't mind, I have seen some "showboats". I don't think they even realize what they are doing. IMHO, I think you can over do it. Do you agree?
  8. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Good article brujo! I have no idea who the author is, and I might prioritize some of his points differently, but they're all quite valid. Thanks for sharing.
  9. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Yes. Excellent article brujo. Thanks. :D
  10. brujo

    brujo New Member

  11. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Great resources brujo! Thanks for passing them along.
  12. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    This article is pretty good and funny, too. It's called Salsa survival guide, and it has lots of tips for salsa newbies, like makeup, clothes, shoes, body odor, and a few more tips. Check it out. :D

    Sorry. Edit. I must have typed the url wrong the first time. :oops: :D
  13. Danish Guy

    Danish Guy New Member

    Another fine link.

    Thx :D :D :D

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