I am a lucky woman! I have two wonderful kids, a job I love, and a fantastic husband to share it all with. Last night, he joined me in teaching the advanced salsa class at the Avalon. It was our first dance date in a looong time. We met on the dance floor. Years ago, he walked into the studio where I worked and wanted to learn to salsa. Five years later, here we are.
Everyone who has taken a class from me knows I advocate good technique. Contrary to popular belief, I don't do this to torture you. Part of my job is to make the dance easier for you. And moving your body efficiently does just that. So, I talk a lot about how and what to move, when.
My husband, gotta love him, last night confessed to me that he found he was leaning backwards during one part of the combo. It's an easy mistake to make with this particular move. We pointed the "danger" out to the class, and proceeded to dance. The next time, he kept his shoulders on top of his feet, and surprised himself. "It's easier that way." I almost fell over myself laughing.
So, I get it: technique can be difficult. But keep fighting the good fight! Be aware of where your body is in space and over your feet. Use your feet into the floor - they're your best friend on the dance floor. Engage your center to keep your body moving as one unit. And eventually, it will come together and all dancing will be easier:) See you on the hardwood;)
Allison loves to write almost as much as she loves to dance, so no one had to twist her arm to get her to write about dancing!