I'm sorry If it post this message in the "hip-index-topic". I couldn't decide where to put it.
I was at a salsa-rythm-workshop last Thurstay. Under 1,5 hour I believed that everyone was new beginners. They moved like salsa-stepping-candlelight’s, although everone worked hard to release the hips and shoulders. After the two hours long workshop it turned out that all the men and 50% ladies where experienced dancers who knew how to take steps and advanced patterns. But they where al so stiff…in the beginning…
The teacher “fooled us” into the right “feet-hip-shoulder” moving pattern in an excellent way. Just by very simple exercises an a few "african dance" excercises not suitable for telling you by the web
If you want to know…read more. If you already know how to do…stop now.
Stand walking on the very same spot not moving anywhere. Sway your arms just like when you are running. (When right leg bends, left hand sways in front of you and vice versa)
The hip one the side where your leg is straight moves slightly to the side all by itself. Try to improve that movement, exaggerate it a bit by dropping the knee a few centimeters more.
Do that on-the-spot-walking swaying the arms for a while….add some music.
Now put the arm you are swaying forward on the shoulder of the opposite arm. Keep the on-the-spot-swaying-your-hips movement you played your body into.
If you do that for a while you’ll suddenly find out that the shoulder you put your hand on is moving forward to meet the hand, all by it self. It seems like they are trying to meet each other half the way. If they don’t do this all by themselves help them to meet.
Go on for a while just stepping on the spot, swaying your arms and letting the hand meet the shoulder.
1,2,3, stop, 1,2,3, stop, 1,2,3, stop continuing the basic movement with legs, hips, arms and shoulders. There you have an embryo of salsa. Do this for a few songs.
When this is a natural habit … stop putting the arm on the shoulder. Just let it sway a bit in front of you in direction towards the shoulder, but not the whole way. You’re body will probably decide how far all by itself. But keep on swaying the hips and the shoulder as you just learnt.
Begin to take a mambo step forward, backward, la cucarachas (side step), cumbia steps etc. If you trained the base pattern well enough the hips and shoulders will do their job, just by themselves.
Don’t think too much, lets you muscle memory do the work. If you analyze the movement too much you’ll get confused. It is a very natural movement. (Do more like a melody I heard once “Let you’r body decide where you want to go. High or low, fast or slow”.)
On the following two days the muscles on the outside of the upper part of my legs where hurting. They are actually still hurting. My body must have learnt its lesson well since I used muscles that never have been hurting before. Let's hope it will remember the lesson.
nooooooooooo you did not !! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I'm innocent I tell ya!! and I'm trying to remain that way but you making some statements here man :lol: :lol: :lol: making it hard for a sister to stay on the straight and narrow (salsa wise and thought wise :lol: ) :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: