When I learned to drive, I was taken to a car park to get to grips with the clutch first. Then out on quiet roads to get adept at handling the car. A step at a time. In salsa you are taken to a roundabout in rush hour, with instructions to follow the sat nav and let loose fumbling with the gears. That is the way I saw my initial salsa sessions. Never have I ever been so frustrated with dance as I was with this. For me the moves as such were easy enough. They are not much different to Jive. It is still lead and follow at heart. The steps though, took a long time to register with me. They are simple in theory. We humans can only pay attention to one thing at a time. So, the minute you focus on the move to do, you take your eye off the steps. In time it becomes automatic, and progress is usually quick. That is if one can decipher the beat. It is not easy to decipher the beat. My follow helped by counting out 1,2,3 .. 5,6,7 The buzz, the atmosphere, the vibe is superb indeed. Plus, people have been most helpful and patient.
Once out of the total beginner group into the advanced intermediate lot, I was given the privilege of learning something beyond simple turns and the mambo. One move was interesting. It is a move where you put the lady’s right-arm behind her back and swap it from your left to your right, then turn her out. In Jive this is a move I have an issue with. My issue is that you have to bend down to get your arm around. You bend down and find your face very close to their chest. Not great for the follow or the lead. Dreadful in a class setting as you are made to hold it there for ages. They make you do it in stages then repeat. A small difference makes all the difference. In Salsa you step to the side. Same move essentially but you are bending down the side of the lady instead. Much better. Now I take this to Jive and do it that way instead. Step to your left, bend down to the follower’s right-hand side.
Lots get inspiration and ideas from other dance genres then fuse them into their routines.
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