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Hello again! It's been a a minute, but a lot is going on! I'd like to add to my previous rambles by sharing some thoughts on a recent conversation I partook in recently. While some earlier posts on this blog have discussed the pros and cons on running and dancing on...

How to not freak out when you suddenly lose timing

How to not freak out when you suddenly lose timing

Hello, True Believers! Have you ever been dancing, and realized that out of nowhere you've suddenly fallen off time with the music? Losing the beat so suddenly is a strange phenomenon that happens to beginner and intermediate dancers and they never quite know what to...

How To Take a Private Lesson The Right Way

How To Take a Private Lesson The Right Way

Greetings once again True Believers. Today I'd like to discuss a personal observation I've seen come up enough times to become a pattern. Many times on this blog I'll explain observations that other people have noted comma this was all coming from me. Among the many...

Good Enough

Good Enough

A few weekends ago, I had a very special experience. Mostly because I got a chance to hang out with my whole dance company as we attended the final social of a prominent dance group named Modern Clave. It also helped greatly that I got a chance to eat Sushi with the...

The case for Cross Training

The case for Cross Training

We had a great team rehearsal yesterday. I'm very grateful for the people I have in my company at this time. While looking around the room, I realized that I'm surrounded by dancers from all walks of life. On one hand I have a couple of people I personally had a hand...

Mens Salsa dance shoes

Mens Salsa dance shoes

Hello true believers! I hope everyone is having an awesome day. I'm sitting and wondering about my past week and realized I got asked the same dance question twice from two different people. Writing a blog, for me, is a lot about paying attention to what questions are...

Bachata Hits from DJ Freddy!

Bachata Hits from DJ Freddy!

Hello everyone! This week, we asked our awesomely talented DJ Freddy O (affectionately known as 'Freddy Fresh) to give of some of his favorite Bachata hits. Freddy has quickly become known for playing dancer pleasing sets and has gained popularity among the MMA...

Personal Hygiene

Personal Hygiene

A lot of times when we start a new activity there so much information and it's very difficult to absorb it all. We often get caught up in technical details or the correct order of information and forget to focus on little intangibles. As I've gone on my personal dance...

Latin dancing: A to Z

Latin dancing: A to Z

Have you ever hoped there was a way to learn something in a very efficient manner? Wouldn't it be great if someone would lay it out a subject of interest for you from A to Z so you know exactly what to do? Well, today you're in luck! I've noticed that a lot of...

The dip

The dip

I’ve been doing Latin dance for a while. More specifically, I’ve been doing Latin dance in Chicago for long enough to see certain patterns that exist in the nightclub, in the dance class, and on the performance stage. I suppose it’s only natural that things come and...

Shining Star

Shining Star

More often than not, people that I run to in the community who know me, expressed to me that they enjoy my blog. You can imagine how that might surprise me because, up until now, it’s been a small challenge to get readers to comment on this blog despite my constant...

How to be a DB

How to be a DB

In the ongoing battle between the sexes and social dynamics that exist in our Latin dance community, I've noticed something that I'm 100% not cool with. Well, lot’s of things I’m not cool with that I’ve mused about in this very blog.  These days when I can make it out...

Don’t be snooty…

Don’t be snooty…

I've run across a few people lately who have reminded of something that I find peculiar. I’m talking about people from other dance disciples who come into the Latin dance world and immediately think they know what’s going on as if there was nothing to learn. What...

Do you hover?

Do you hover?

How to connect better as a follow in partner dancing. It seems like not a day goes by in dance class where I'm presented with a new challenge to overcome. If it's not the guys asking questions about how to execute a pattern its the ladies wondering how to style during...

Ribs Tips

Ribs Tips

A lot of times I'll be in the lesson, and the first thing I notice is that people have a difficulty with their posture. Most times, when students come in for a dance class posture is one of the last things that they're thinking about, especially in Latin dancing....

Social Dynamics

Social Dynamics

It's funny, I never really thought about chivalry until I started dancing. When I began dancing, I was very shy and incredibly intimidated by the thought of approaching women to dance. I've thankfully grown out of that phase, but even back then. I realized that there...

Bamboo Boogaloo

Bamboo Boogaloo

I had a private lesson last week, and I loved it. Nowadays, I spend way more time teaching than being taught so anytime I can work on me is a plus. After the lesson, Laura and I were leaving and buzzing about dance as we usually do. I realized that my spirit desired...

Animal House

Animal House

I was out at a slamming Salsa night, and things were wrapping up. I reached out and decided to meet up a non-dancing friend at a 'non-dance' club. While the Latin dance scene certainly has it's pluses and minuses like any communal gathering, I've found it to be head...