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    What justifies the high spending cost for learning to dance to you?

    And there is the critical thing: from the social dancer's position - snapdancer and me - the chances are high, that you are not sold the product you need but instead told, you have to buy this super expensive product and do strange things with it. A consultant should work for the interest of...
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    What justifies the high spending cost for learning to dance to you?

    If your goal is to compete, to defeat others etc, the results of your competitions show if the training is worth it. If your actual goal is to go out and have fun and get to know some women as a side effect, the direction your studio is heading you isn't worth a lot. Competition training does...
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    Benefits of dancing with a less experienced follow

    Learning pattern and creating your whole dance around these pattern is exactly the way, Salsa teachers around here work. (And Youtube Videos work.) With some exceptions for shines and lady styling which, after the students are normalized for pattern usage, end up being solo pattern. And it is...
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    Benefits of dancing with a less experienced follow

    Actually around here the Salsa instructors usually are that bad, that they actually prevent dancers from becoming better. Training is pure pattern teaching / skills for executing the pattern and the follow is a submissive puppet, who tries to do how she is ordered by leads who barely know, what...
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    BF avid salsa dancer

    +1 I have made VERY bad experience with guys playing the racial card to excuse treating their girlfriends badly. And their main reason to keep them away from dancing, usually is to keep following their "identity" which usually means a guy who is chasing every nice skirt, when his girlfriend...
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    Does height in dancing matter a lot?

    Or simply use Jazz Shoes or (dance) sneakers instead. I know, it's against the code or who ever decided, that women have to wear dangerous footwear, but it does not lower your dance quality the tiniest bit. (In the opposite, women dancing in shoes they bought for the looks mainly usually move...
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    Miles apart embrace

    With some of the people in this thread, I really have doubts, if they know what a real intimate connection - not just a physical interest or a technical adjustment - is. (They remind me of the Bachata teacher who - in different words - told the underage beauty "you have to rub your titties on...
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    Miles apart embrace

    Not coming from Tango, but knowing the distance Problem too well, I'd say: if she likes the dance and the music, make it a game of finding ways to have great dances without forcing your body on her. And over time help her develop herself without forcing yourself on her. It tells a lot about you...
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    Should professional dancers including teachers dance more socially?

    I believe you, that you need to know how to lead and follow there too - unless it can be 100% choreographed, as it is in formation and solo presentations. Still the lead-follow communication for social dancing is another one - unless you treat the social dance as a spin-off of the show dance...
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    Should professional dancers including teachers dance more socially?

    @RiseNFall , @Partner Dancer To your discussion, well, could not cite everything together. I support PDs position there and would add general rules to it: Every teacher should keep his(/her) knowledge of the subject he teaches up to date and constantly refreshed and reevaluated. This is true...
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    Is there a dance that can improve my salsa?

    Every dance can contribute greatly to your development as a dancer. There are schools of thought that look at the dances as completely distinct from each other, but at least for everything that is related with ancient European partner dances I'd say has a lot of basic concepts. Hence in Salsa...
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    Practice time breakdown.

    I'd go even further and say, very many ballroom dancers do not actually dance enough so they need all this training, to not get out of training. Ok, and they need to have the right positioning up to the finger tip and usually a technical level, that is not practicable on most social dance...
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    'quiet hands' vs ....

    Many Salsa teachers are mediocre dancers themselves. Often times decent show dancers - where styling is very important - but more often than not just people who felt called to make money out of their hobby or saw a good chance to get into some newbies panties. Many neither speak the local...
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    How do you know beginner's hell is over?

    I think i understand, what you mean by that. Interesting point to relay that to the beginners hell, never thought about that. "Plateau of Mediocrity" - would that be a good name ?
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    salsa dancer observations

    In general those are good observations and i could confirm many. They are no scientific studies, just things the author found to be mostly true. I like posts that explain more, but every single point in there is worth thinking about for a beginner and many intermediates. I used that list to...