AdryhanINtoSalsa, Indy's premier Salsa guide
In my point of view, there're two ways to dance
Salsa: the "street way" and the "formal way" (or
school way). The "street way" is to do whatever comes to your
mind, loosen your body, feel the music, and be yourself. If you walk
you have rhythm. If you have rhythm you become a street dancer. Got
The "formal way" your moves are organized, because you have
to step forward or back at a very precise moment, while you do different
patterns at the same time. When you combine these two worlds, you will
have grace, synchronization, precision, control of your body, and style.
It's so enjoyable to hear every beat, every instrument, and every compass
of a song and translate them into movements. You are not just dancing.
Salsa for me is like flying without leaving the ground.
So I like Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata, but my favorite is of course
"SALSA." I started dancing the "formal way" on February
21st, 2002 when I walked into the now defunct "Red Brick Dance
Studio". I said to myself "Cheese whiz! This is good!"
So I started taking lessons with Tee and Jessica who later invited me
to be part of the studio family. ( I really appreciate what you taught
me, the advices that you gave me and the footwork that you shared with
me. Thanks again and wherever you are, and whatever you do, God bless
both of you!)
At the same time I met Yang and Erin. (Thanks Yang more than millions
for helping me out during my beginner and intermediate classes. I also
appreciate Erin for helping me with my timing.) They played a very important
roll when I first learned Salsa. One thing that you'll like about Yang
is that he is patient, willing to teach, and disciplined, which are
good elements in a teacher. So thanks again to this dynamic duo!
My advice to those who just started dancing: ladies, when you go into
a dip, don't throw yourself back too far, otherwise you might end up
on the floor. Gentlemen, protect your partner at all times, and try
to move or stay away from Kamikaze dancers who throw kicks and punches
when they dance. So stay out of the missile zone!!@@!!
For "street dancers" the transition could be hard, because
I've been through that. This is a critical moment because you have to
get rid of certain ways of dancing and start counting to get the steps.
This may sound like a living hell or torture, but after you kick into
gear, counting will become a breeze or barely noticeable.