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    Video Dance Tutorials - Useful? / Useless? / Just infomercials for teachers?

    Dance videos are a great way to showcase a performer or an instructor's skills. And, dance videos can be a library of turn patterns and moves for other instructors or dancers. Provided, the viewer knows a number of moves and turn patterns and can really lead and follow. People with that...
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    Is the timing for on1 style REALLY Quick Quick Slow?

    Count and Weight Transfer I teach my students "one - two - three -- five - six - seven, " no weight on four or eight. Leader step - weight comes down on left foot completely on three. Right foot starts moving slowly on the four and comes completely down on the five. Left foot comes comes...
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    Salsa variation techniques

    Variations.... Your post did not specify the level of dancer your upcoming class will address. Be sure to specify the level of dancers who would benefit from your class in any description you send out or post. Intermediate or advanced level dancers will appreciate and will have the...
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    Salsa variation techniques

    Variations In a Salsa Class Teaching absolute beginners any sort of variation while they are struggling to learn their first hold or move or turn pattern will confuse them. And you will waste a lot of class time sorting it out when they could be spending that time mastering the first iteration...
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    Learning salsa for my girlfriend...

    Leader Learning On His Own - Tough Your best bet to learn salsa while your girlfriend is recovering is to take some lessons with an experienced instructor. Lead and follow- partnerwork- is an art and a science. Your girlfriend is probably 'backleading' you through the patterns she knows...
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    Cha-cha = Crossbody?

    Salsa Turn Patterns in Cha Cha Since the On2 crowd is growing, a lot of salsa instructors are teaching cha cha to complement their On2 lessons. In fact a few of them have put (On2) in parantheses behind their workshop titles. A lot of die hard salsa fanatics do not like to do cha cha or...
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    Sensual or Explosive - how do you like your Salsa?

    Sensual or Explosive - Depends on... The music will tell you where to go. Strong music, strong moves. Softer music, softer, sensual moves - if you can find a partner who will go there.
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    Do all the better dancers, do it on2?

    Nope, I'm a pretty good Salsa dancer who learned way back in 1998. The Toronto scene was what you folks call On1. I stayed with what you call On1. I was taught a style that was more sensual, did a lot more from closed position and had no shines... I added some shines to my repetoire...
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    is there any type of general policy re: taping at a social?

    Videotaping At Socials I run a salsa website and regularly post stills and videos. Most people are not concerned about still or videos. Many, but not all venues allow still and video photography. Occasionally I have had people request they not be photographed and I respect their wishes. If...
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    World Salsa Championships Orlando

    Busted Link? try this one... http://www.salsato.ca/judge.html
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    World Salsa Championships Orlando

    What the Judges Look for - A WSC's Insider's View "They was robbed!" "They shudda won!" How many times have we shouted that out at a competition? Ever wonder exactly what the judges are looking for at a salsa competition. Jennifer Aucioin one of the judges at the 3rd World Salsa...
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    World Salsa Championships Orlando

    The Judges for the 3rd World Salsa Championships included: Miami's Billy Fajardo - Head Judge; Miami's Katie Marlow - Scrutineer; Montreal's San Tropez Dance School owner - latindance.net - and Montreal Salsa Convention founder Sonia Kyriacou; Toronto's Steps Dance Studio Owner -...
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    World Salsa Championships Orlando

    World Salsa Championship Standings - Canada From a source in Montreal, Montreal's Victor and Katia still in the On2 Finals; Oliver Pineda and Luda Kroitor still first going into the On2 Finals. Team Australia is in the Team Finals with Montrealer Joséanne - ex San Tropez student. The...
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    Different salsa "uniforms"

    Salsa Uniforms - Skirts for the Ladies Nope, not an A List Dancer by any means, but possibly a bit old fashioned or maybe it's a generational thing. I *never* wear jeans for a salsa night, too casual. I save jeans for working in the garden. I don't wear sleeveless shirts or tops. Who wants to...
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    World Salsa Championships Orlando

    Canada & World Salsa Championships Watch for the Canadian connection at the 3rd World Salsa Championships in Orlando. StepsDanceStudio.com's and Canada Salsa Congress founder Jennifer Aucoin is one of the judges. The Canada Salsa Congress also was a qualifier for the World Salsa Championships...