You know what’s harder than learning to Salsa?
Learning it twice.
If you’ve taught yourself how to Salsa through social dancing, you might find yourself in this position.
Even though you feel like an avid social dancer, your partners probably think otherwise. They might be smiling and friendly on the outside, but underneath it all, they’re struggling to communicate with you and respond to you during a social dance.
Because you lack the foundational skills of leading and following.
Sure, by now, you can probably manage your way through a dance and you might even be pretty good at it, but there’s probably a ton of things holding you back which you’re completely unaware of.
So what’s the problem you ask? Well, if you’re happy being a mediocre dancer and you’re having a blast as is, then that’s perfectly fine. On the other hand, If you’d like to improve a great deal (and make life easier on your partners), then it’s time to make a change.
Over the months or years of your self taught Salsa career, you’ve picked up a ton of atrocious habits: bad frame, slouchy posture, sloppy footwork (a ton more other stuff) and a general lack of knowledge of how you should be interpreting your partner’s signals.The tricky part is going to be getting rid of your bad habits. The fun part will be seeing how much easier Salsa becomes once you’re practicing the right stuff.
If you’re ready to take the plunge, then Patrick and Scarlet always recommend taking some form of group or private lessons. This will be essential in helping you unlearn all that bad stuff and put you on a more successful path to form good habits.
Why Take Salsa Class?
Learning Salsa is like learning a new language. If you don’t know the vocabulary and structure of the language, you’re going to have a heck of a time communicating it with others.
Within the language of Salsa, there are numerous fundamental steps and concepts that must be mastered before you can develop into a seasoned social dancer. Without those fundamentals, you’ll just be scraping by.
So I ask you: Do you want to “just get by”, or would you rather have the confidence to step out on the floor, dance with anyone in the room and take your dancing to new heights?