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    Action figures for learning

    Here is a good solution to my problem. At $27.99 you get 3 anatomically proportional figures: https://www.modibot.com/product/modibot-mo-choose-color-3-pack/ I am not going to get them yet, I think I have practiced enough that I can visualize complex moves in my head. But it would be quite...
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    How to get back on beat?

    If for some reason (either by my mistake or phrase shift in music) I find myself dancing on a wrong beat. How do I get back on beat? A dip is one option I know of. Are there other tricks? I am asking more from a perspective of putting follow on the right beat (even if she got off beat because...
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    How do I encourage a follow to give honest feedback?

    @j_alexandra, ooo... that's good! How about telling a follow "Please let me learn from my mistakes. If my lead is not clear - don't do it." I always say that during a lesson (private, group, or private practice), but there is no reason to not ask for that at the social dance? or is there? would...
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    How do I encourage a follow to give honest feedback?

    @RiseNFall, @bia : I agree with both of you. My question was about social dance (I meant but neglected to mention that). During a group class, I can stop and try something a couple of different ways and then ask which felt best. But after a social dance, if I'm doing something wrong - I would...
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    How do I encourage a follow to give honest feedback?

    As a [beginner] lead I am sure I am making many mistakes that I am oblivious to. I would like a follow to give me honest feedback after the dance and point out those. However, I would imagine that pointing out mistakes after the dance would be seen as rude, or at very least awkward. How do I...
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    Why do you dance?

    The desire to dance is an adaptation (if you subscribe to that theory) meant to improve the mate selection process, and as is the case with all other instincts, it is unnecessary to have an apriori justification in order to succumb to its drive. However, it doesn't mean that we can not have one...
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    Finding "one" question

    I would be relieved if this is the case where a musician just decided to spice things up and shift the whole phrase off the measure. If that's the case - that's fine, I just wanted to make sure I'm not missing something (like a chromosome ;) I also felt that it is not a hard switch to 2, but...
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    Finding "one" question

    @Partner Dance, If you hear it - you are probably right. I still can't hear it. The maracas (I think that's what those are) S S S SS rhythm, and again double shake falls on "1" which doesn't feel right. Furthermore, the congas tumbao beat (you can hear it better around 1:12, but you might...
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    Finding "one" question

    I agree with everything you are saying "Music has structure, it ain't random." etc. I just don't understand what throws me off in this case. When I count rigorously 1-8. Firstly, the next phrase starts right on 1 (which is why I don't think there are any extra beats that I stipulate). However...
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    Is there a dance that can improve my salsa?

    Is there a dance (and what dance would that be) that I could learn that would improve my salsa? An instructor recommended me to take a couple of months of Argentinian Tango. He said it will improve my "leading more with my body, and less with my hands" (I agree with that assessment). If I am...
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    Finding "one" question

    This song has been driving me crazy. At 1:49 a new phrase begins, but by 1:52 it feels like it's off by one. It is as if there is a 5-beat bar somewhere in between. Just for the reference, here are the lyrcis of the verse in question: Que la alegría y la picardía No se confundan en tu...
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    How long do dance shoes last?

    What is the scale for dance shoes? I know that high price doesn't always mean high quality, although the opposite is usually true. But this might give me an idea how much I should expect to spend next time. I got these...
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    How long do dance shoes last?

    Do you mean patent leather on soles of shoes?
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    Body tilt problem

    Thank you, everybody, my partner told me she noticed (without me asking, or telling her that I working on it) that I don't do that anymore. The fix was, to push off with a front (left) leg on 1, rather than tilting back and the let the gravity do the work for me. This requires more abs and quads...