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 salsa practice.
Before you go out dancing,
make a plan for what you want to work on. Pick 1 or 2 things you want to practice that evening. Be specific, don't
just say "I'm gonna work on my spins", but rather "I'm going to carefully prep every double spin, making sure I'm
settling into my axis before I turn".
At the beginning of an evening
your body and mind have to adjust to dancing. Social salsa dancing does not require a traditional dance warm-up,
but it's a good idea to go easy the first couple of dances. It is normal if you're not properly grounded in the
beginning or your spins are a bit wobbly. Just focus on connecting with the floor, your partner and your
Schedule Practice Dances
Take a few dances each night
dedicated to your goals for the evening. Dance with people who you know and are comfortable with, with
whom you know dancing will be easy. You can also ask them if it's ok that you practice a new move with them,
or ask for multiple spins so you can practice them.
Dance With New People
Delibaratly dance with people
you don't know, especially if you're working on your leading or following skills. Observe what works and what
doesn't, is it due to mistakes you often make, or did new things come up?
When Things Go Wrong...
Mistakes are bound to happen
in the course of an evening, the less experienced you are the more you'll make. Mistakes are normal and are
essential in your learning progress - if you know how to use them. Do not beat yourself up when things don't work,
do not blame yourself or your partner, just notice what went wrong and try to correct it the next time. If you
can't correct it on the dance floor, add the topic to your goals for the next week or
Write It Down
When you're finished for the
night, write down what happened in your dance journal - what worked, what didn't, feedback you got, things
that came up or "aha-moments". Integrate the information into your further training
More Salsa Dancing Tips & Articles:
Salsa Musicality -
Dancing To And With The Music
Following - Connecting With Your Partner
Cuban Motion -
Proper Hip Movement In Salsa Dancing