By flava I mean, teach someone how to get in touch with his or her inner dancer. Teach them how to move the body not as you would, but as they themselves would. We teach patterns, we teach steps, we teach style, yet many move the same. The good ole' "guess the school" game. Why? Because they were never taught to let loose and move that body as their innerself would. Not me, not Fernando, but Brujo. We can spend the rest of our lives dancing and if we can never get in touch with our inner dancers, we'll always be flavaless. The dancer will always dance from the head, and the head is all about limits, correctness, and rationale.
This wouldn’t work for me. :shock:
I needed some basic patterns to work with. To play with. The music was at the very best ok, but at least better than the mainstream pop played other places. I didn’t understand the lyric. I didn’t understand the complexity of the music. Just hearing/hitting the one or the five could be a challenge. Talk about flava and connecting with my inner dancer and the music and you would have seen me sneaking out the backdoor and never return.
But now I’m hooked. I enjoy the music. Got enough mambo patterns working, so I don’t bore the experienced followers. Got Cuban patters, so I can dance with a girl who’s into the circular style. Been trying a little on2 to be prepared for this, and to know what it is. I got enough moves on the spine, to start playing with them.
I got my own style by taking the best from the different teachers, and blend it to my own. But I never mix the different dance styles. But there’s definitely a lot to work with, and a lot to add on.
Sometimes I feel very old. Very stiff in the junction and the spine. Very white. But on the other hand, I don’t like everything regarding salsa that have Cuba or New York as origin.
Anyway, like many other dancers in my environment, I now have some energy and interest in the roots, the flava, the connection to the music. The history.
Hope I will be able to go to Cuba, to NY and to SD to feel the dance floors and the party’s.
But for me it was patterns/leading/rhythm first, then connection/flava/playing. And note the most important word for me was and still is FUN.