MS, I know you were kidding, but for those who don't know me, I'm always, always kidding. I actually write for living, and in High School, won the State Spelling Bee three-years running - cince u brot t'up!
I've been enjoying everyone's posts on this forum for a while now and thought it was high time to start participating! This topic has been on my mind anyway, as I've been making an effort to improve my Salsa.
Timing is pretty good. I'm usually able to find the clave, so I can get back on the 1 or 2 or whatever beat when necessary.
Decent frame, thanks to other ballroom dance training.
Spins! After months of practice, I'm finally comfortable with multiples. Doubles and triples? Easy! 4-10 turns? Requires more effort, but I can do it consistently. It's still challenging to keep my balance during 10+ turns, though...
I've been told that I follow and dance very "smoothly" (not sure what that means exactly, but it sounds positive).
Technique is under control (appropriate arm tension for good following most of the time, Cuban/Latin motion is okay, toes are turned out, weight is on inside edge of ball of foot when stepping, small back steps, etc.)
Confidence is growing rapidly because I don't have to think much about execution anymore. Dancing with advanced leaders no longer makes me anxious. Now I just enjoy myself! (On the flip slide, I've been getting nervous looks from beginning-intermediate leaders when we begin dancing...)
Styling and improvising with musicality, playing with timing, and interacting with my partner more. Listening to salsa music every day has helped a lot in this area.
Posture (I have a tendency to drop my chin and sternum).
Stopping multiple turns cleanly - this is really difficult!
Expression of intense concentration on my face with dancing with some leaders for the first time. This is usually caused by the leader being randomly off beat, having a jerky lead, or some other inconsistency that makes me have to concentrate really hard to figure out what they're doing and/or keep my balance! Frankly, I'm not having much fun dancing with these leaders, but I wish I could hide it better for the sake of friendliness...
Strong Points: Timing, Playfulness, Lead, Ability to Improv, Cuban motion (I ALWAYS get comments on this. A woman I danced with two days ago said she can't help but watch my but/hips when we dance :lol: )
Weak: Spins (my turns are good, once we get into multiple spins I need work!!)