So—you’re about to go to your first
salsa lesson. You’ve got the right shoes, the
right clothes; you’ve even got an extra bottle
of water with you.
As you walk up to the dance hall you think
to yourself, “I’m completely prepared,
Then come the jitters. Did I bring
everything I was supposed to? What should I do
when I get in? How do I interact with the other
dancers? Are there things I’m supposed to do, or
not supposed to do? What if I offend somebody?!
Before your brain goes into overdrive, stop
and review these next few pieces of salsa
etiquette. And remember, these points are good to
follow whether in a class or out for a night of
dancing on the town!
and foremost, personal hygiene is a MUST!
Salsa dancing puts you in very close proximity
with another human being—maybe even multiple
if you’re in a large class (or a lively
club)! This means body odor, bad breath and
clothes that haven’t been washed in weeks
are a no-no. Deodorant is important as well,
especially when you consider that you may be
sweating up a storm during your lesson. Salsa
etiquette says: Shower, brush your teeth and
friendly is more than just an icebreaker—it
can affect how you’re perceived in class.
It’s considered rude to decline a dance
partner or to be disrespectful of your partner
while dancing. This means keep your eyes on
your partner’s face, as opposed to other
parts of his/her body. Dancing is about
communication, making eye contact even more
important. Also, unless you came with a
partner, don’t hesitate to ask anybody and
everybody to dance! In salsa, “the more, the
merrier” is an active concept. Salsa
etiquette says: Dance with lots of people, but
keep your focus on your partner when dancing.
aware of personal space. Nothing can destroy a
mood on the dance floor like a couple that
keeps bumping into everyone else! If the dance
floor is crowded, then dance small. You
don’t need to be bouncing one another around
the dance floor like a ball and paddle to have
a good time. Constant collisions aren’t just
a bother—they could potentially be seen as
an ego thing or lack of dance etiquette. Salsa
Etiquette says: Be respectful of other dancers
and share the floor.
take a deep breath, smile, and walk into class
knowing that you got this under control! Haven’t
signed up for a class yet? Well then, keep these
salsa etiquette tidbits in mind and check out the
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