Salsa Practice Guide

If you ask around or google for tips on how to become a better salsa dancer you usually get vague advice like "practice", "go social dancing" "take privates" and so on. Yet when you want to get specific you often don't know where to begin. This 5-part article series gets you started with a structured salsa practice that is more likely to give you the results you want.

Part 1: Learning To Learn

When taking salsa classes we quickly realize there is a big gap between theory and practice. We can understand how we’re supposed to do something, but we just can’t do it. This can be a huge source of frustration. We beat ourselves up because we “should be able to do it”. We constantly criticize ourselves for making mistakes and in the end often give up trying all together. We haven’t learnt how to learn.

Part 2: Practice Makes Perfect - Or Does It?

The #1 most cited advice to how to become a better salsa dancer is "Practice, practice, practice!". And of course there is a big truth in that statement. Without practice there is no way for you to become better. In fact, it will always take a lot more practice to improve something than you think in the beginning. But this advice leaves out a very important thing: It's not the fact THAT you practise, but HOW and WHAT you practice, that will make all the difference!

Part 3: How To Get The Most Out Of Classes

No matter what kind of lessons you take, be it group classes, privates or workshops, there are a few tips and tricks to get the most out of them.

Part 4: Keeping A Dance Journal

Improving your salsa dancing means working on lots of different topics both simultaneously and progressivly. You're taking classes with different teachers, all emphazising different things and techniques, you take additional workshops and practice at home and on the dancefloor. It's difficult to keep track of all the information, but also of the way you're progressing. Here's where a dance journal comes in.

Part 5: Social Practice Tips

The biggest part of your practice time will be on the social dance floor. That's where you will put things to the test. But there are also different strategies to maximize your social practice.


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