Salsa > Governor Gray Davis and Salsa Dancing, What's The Connection

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by salsarhythms, Aug 10, 2003.

  1. salsarhythms

    salsarhythms New Member

    Ok, right about now everyone has heard about
    the chaos around the Governor Gray Davis recall.

    If you don't know what it is, basically the people of
    California feel that the Governor is no longer capable
    of running the state. Therefore, they now want to
    remove him from office through the use of a recall.

    What does this have to do with salsa dancing?

    Before I get into that, consider this:

    Governor Davis enjoyed a very impressive level
    of popularity in California.

    Basically, he could do no wrong.

    Now, though, things are very different. California
    has reached a budget deficit greater than any other
    in history.

    That coupled with many other things, have literally
    flamed the fire.

    Today, despite his popularity, he will be facing a
    recall election and he's up against over 300 other
    people, among them are movie stars, and porno
    kings...

    So again, what does this have to do with salsa dancing?

    Simple.

    No matter how popular you are, if people do not feel
    as if you're looking after their best interest...they will
    replace you.

    On the dance floor, it's no different.

    If you don't look after your partner, if you don't
    make your partner look good, if your partner does
    not have a good time dancing with you...

    You have just lost popularity.

    Even if you've been a great dancer all along, if
    the time comes that you no longer keep these
    things in mind, you will lose that popularity and
    people will not want to dance with you.

    How can you make sure this doesn't happen to you?

    Well, that's simple too.

    Just give them what they want.

    Don't perform routines that your partner cannot
    handle.

    Don't try to show-off your moves, and completely
    alienate your partner.

    Don't make your partner feel as if they are no longer
    part of the dance.

    What you want to do is:

    Enjoy the song, the music, the dance, WITH your
    partner.

    Make sure that no matter what level you or your
    partner are at, that you both dance in a way that
    makes both of you look good.

    Slow down!!

    This is not an aerobic work-out where the person
    that does the most flips wins!!

    You're there to dance, not jump around.

    Respect everyone around you and respect the other
    dancers' floor space.

    Basically, dance with your partner as if you're the only
    two people in the room, while acknowledging and
    respecting the other dancers.

    Do these things, and you won't be facing the dreaded

    Salsa dancing recall...
     
  2. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Well said salsarythms, and, as you point out, these mistakes are not just the purview of begining dancers....and entirely in line with my position that a good leader should lead your partner, not patterns!
     
  3. salsarhythms

    salsarhythms New Member

    Hey SD,

    Great post!! I tell you people are probably
    going to think that we are doing this on purpose
    but really it's pure how we're writing
    about the same topics.

    If you check out your post on "The Dark Side
    of Dancing" I posted a link to my latest newsletter
    which touches on some of the points you brought
    up in the article...
     
  4. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

  5. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Good thread, guys. And worth a second look for you leads out there. :D
     
  6. SwinginBoo

    SwinginBoo New Member

    Very clever association. Great post. :D
     
  7. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    What's the connection???

    There isn't any . . . so when you can't lead . . . we can't be expected to follow!

    All we can do is find someone "else to dance with!"
     
  8. salsarhythms

    salsarhythms New Member

    Hey Vince,

    Great observation there... :)
     
  9. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Let that be a lesson to you salsa leads and follows out there. You see what happened to Mr. Davis, don't you? :lol: :D
     
  10. will35

    will35 New Member

    Well, if you saw True Lies, you can get an idea of how Arnold plans to dance with California as his partner. Ugh.
     
  11. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Ok, want to give us a preview of "Gov. Arnold & Salsa Dancing" Ferneando? :wink:
     
  12. will35

    will35 New Member

    I am just getting myself ready for the part where Arnold grabs us by the scruff of the neck and throws us around. Wow, what a leader!
     

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