Hi, I've been a reading the postings here, and I think they're great!! Keep it up! I've started swing dancing but got into salsa 4 months ago when I moved and couldn't go to swing lessons any more. But, since I live in tokyo (which is notoriously expensive!!) I haven't been able to go salsa dancing as much as I liked. I try to practice some basic steps though...which leads to a problem. I don't if what I'm doing is right. I don't want to pick up bad habits that takes years to break. So, I'd be really grateful if you could help me out with a couple of pointers. 1. I noticed that when I do the basic steps, my shoulders tend to move from up and down. I think it is partly because my arms are also moving. Is that okay, or am I suppose to keep my upper body straight. 2. I was taught the basic steps with the feet side by side, but there was this teacher who taught the step with the feet one in front of the other, as if I were walking on a tightrope. Which is right? I he does LA style salsa. 3. When I see people leading their partners I noticed that they move their arms a lot, but I've had some girls tell me that I'm not supposed to be moving my arms because it makes it hard for them to follow. In swing, we use our frames to move our partners. That's why we don't move our arms so much because it confuses the lead. Is that the same in salsa too? 4. If you know any good exercises for me to practice on my own, I'd be really grateful. 5. I learnt a lot about musicality in swing. Is there such a thing as that in salsa too? Thanks!!