got kicked out of salsa class

#61
Have you broken both legs?

Have you hands been cut off?

Did a doctor tell you that you can never dance again?

No?

Then you can still salsa..there's always a way too do the things we love. If we enjoy them that much we find a way to make them fit into our schedules.

Try asking your boss to leave a little early one day a week for a class? Most bosses are not evil people and will agree to this.

Find a different studio? None in your area, maybe you could travel a little further.

Weekend classes?

And as the suggestion has been said...go social dancing...You learn a lot from getting out on the floor and it will get you ready for the intermediate class that better fit your schedule. Plus, what are you taking classes for if not to be able to do something you love and actually use it? People don't take college courses in subjects that have no passion or relation to something they can do later in life...I view dance classes the same way. People taking dance classes as a form of exercize aren't the time to get that bothered by it no longer fitting in their schedule.

None of those options work? Ask a few people from the classes you've been to if they're interested in getting a practice group together (at a time that works for you).
 
#63
pygmalion said:
jon said:
DancingMommy said:
Edited to add: although meeting/holding girls might be the motivation for taking a dance class, it is a little weird to have to hear that is the reason (esp if one is a girl in the class, kwim?)
I started dancing in order to meet people, not in order to dance, per se. So did many other people I know, male and female alike. Now, if I hadn't found additional reasons to do it, I wouldn't have stayed with it for long - especially since it turns out to be a poor way of meeting women interested in anything beyond dancing.

Nonetheless, reality is that there wouldn't be much of a dance scene if we excluded people solely for having this motivation.
I think you're both right. It's a pretty common motivation, but not very many people have the wherewithal to admit it. :wink: :lol:
That's how I got started, I agree...but my concern was more with the comments (repeatedly in other threads as well) about wanting to hold girls...There's a fine line between wanting to meet people and being creepy about meeting people.
 
#64
chook said:
Remember that I wasn't upset about being depromoted. I was upset about because I wasn't able to do any more salsa.
Did I miss something? Your instructor has offered to teach you private lessons for the price of a group class. Not only you can still dance salsa, you are getting a much sweeter deal too. Most of us would jump up for joy at such an offer, but instead you complain about it. Can't really blame people for wondering about your real motives.
 

Sagitta

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#65
Pebbles said:
chook said:
Remember that I wasn't upset about being depromoted. I was upset about because I wasn't able to do any more salsa.
Did I miss something? Your instructor has offered to teach you private lessons for the price of a group class. Not only you can still dance salsa, you are getting a much sweeter deal too. Most of us would jump up for joy at such an offer, but instead you complain about it. Can't really blame people for wondering about your real motives.
There is some truth to this. Privates for the cost of group lessons shows that the instructor really cares for his students in a way that most wouldn't, doing teaching at a loss in this case.
 
#66
What it basically sounds like *to me* is that the OP is POd because he isn't going to be able to get to dance with a girl during class.

I maintain that *class* is about *learning*. Social dancing is about the girl (or guy as the case may be). Class is not the place to try to get your huggy fix. That's *not* what it is designed for. And if you think that is what class is for, well then.... I dunno.

Seriously.
 
#67
if i remember correctly, didn't the OP mentioned that his group rate is $3-4/hour?? Makes me wonder how the instructor is going to survive with that low of an hourly wage.....
 

pygmalion

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#68
lynn said:
if i remember correctly, didn't the OP mentioned that his group rate is $3-4/hour?? Makes me wonder how the instructor is going to survive with that low of an hourly wage.....
Where's the OP from? That might make a difference, as might the size of the class. 8)
 
#69
leftfeetnyc said:
What's bothering me about this thread and others by chook is the constant reference to liking girls, wanting girls to like him, and wanting to hold them. I understand that's what gets a lot of people into dance and there is a lot of sultry and sexiness to dance..but that shouldn't come into play in a classroom setting. It's a little creepy for a women to be dancing with someone who is more interested in "holding" her.
Ayuh :!: (lol DP)
 

pygmalion

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#70
africana said:
leftfeetnyc said:
What's bothering me about this thread and others by chook is the constant reference to liking girls, wanting girls to like him, and wanting to hold them. I understand that's what gets a lot of people into dance and there is a lot of sultry and sexiness to dance..but that shouldn't come into play in a classroom setting. It's a little creepy for a women to be dancing with someone who is more interested in "holding" her.
Ayuh :!: (lol DP)
Hmm. True.

I have to wonder out loud, though, whether there aren't also women who get into dancing to meet guys (and perhaps to be held?) Not everybody gets into or stays into dance, to dance, IMO. *shrug*


(Or do they save that longing for their unsuspecting dance teachers? :twisted: :lol: )
 
#71
pygmalion said:
lynn said:
if i remember correctly, didn't the OP mentioned that his group rate is $3-4/hour?? Makes me wonder how the instructor is going to survive with that low of an hourly wage.....
Where's the OP from? That might make a difference, as might the size of the class. 8)
i'm not sure, but if he's from a more isolated area, wouldn't that also mean the pool of dancers is even smaller?? I just thought it's awfully generous for the teacher to offer private lesson @ the rate of $3-4/hour - i pay about 15-20 times as much!
 

pygmalion

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#72
True. But people in some lower-income countries pay what seems to me like a pittance for dance classes. But to them. it can be very expensive. Everything's relative, IMO. 8)
 
#73
pygmalion said:
Hmm. True.

I have to wonder out loud, though, whether there aren't also women who get into dancing to meet guys (and perhaps to be held?) Not everybody gets into or stays into dance, to dance, IMO. *shrug*


(Or do they save that longing for their unsuspecting dance teachers? :twisted: :lol: )
judging by the # of threads that talks about secret crushes on the dance teacher - i think the advice "always read the fine print" is making a lot of sense now :lol: :lol: !
 
#74
pygmalion said:
True. But people in some lower-income countries pay what seems to me like a pittance for dance classes. But to them. it can be very expensive. Everything's relative, IMO. 8)
oh, i'm pretty sure he lives in U.S., just perhaps not a major city - in that case, while the price should be cheaper, it shouldn't vary by THAT much...
 

pygmalion

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#75
Ah. 8) Maybe the class size is large or the venue is cheap? Or the teacher is using penetration pricing to get people hooked before he ups his rates? *shrug*
 
#76
eh...i highly doubt the penetration pricing will work in the dance market - there are too many substitutes. Now, it'd be different if the teacher was some big name isntructor - but then again, there wouldn't be a need to lower the price.

I remember the OP used a hypothetical example of 8 students in the class - that might be the avg # of students there.
 
#77
pygmalion said:
I have to wonder out loud, though, whether there aren't also women who get into dancing to meet guys (and perhaps to be held?) Not everybody gets into or stays into dance, to dance, IMO. *shrug*
Oh, absolutely!
 

Sagitta

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#78
chook said:
BAD News!!! My salsa teacher has told me that his other class is $50 for only 4 lessons!!!! I cannot afford that!!!!! SO I won't be doing any salsa for a while!!!!!! I feel really really dissappointed!!!
So sory to hear that. You can get a video, and practice with a partner still. You also can go to the clubs and learn by watching.
 
#79
chook said:
BAD News!!! My salsa teacher has told me that his other class is $50 for only 4 lessons!!!! I cannot afford that!!!!! SO I won't be doing any salsa for a while!!!!!! I feel really really dissappointed!!!
How did you plan on using your salsa lessons? 50 divided by 4 is $12.50. I'm sure it would cost you that much just to enter a club....
 

Purr

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#80
saludas said:
chook said:
BAD News!!! My salsa teacher has told me that his other class is $50 for only 4 lessons!!!! I cannot afford that!!!!! SO I won't be doing any salsa for a while!!!!!! I feel really really dissappointed!!!
How did you plan on using your salsa lessons? 50 divided by 4 is $12.50. I'm sure it would cost you that much just to enter a club....
Yes, really. I'd expect to spend that at least that much (the $12.50 not the $50) going out for an evening, with a cover charge for a club, paying for parking, and drinks. Let's not even mention buying dinner. Shoot, it's about $8 to $10 just to go to the movies. $12.50 doesn't seem that unreasonable; if nothing else I'd look upon it as a good investment.
 

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