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What to wear for Salsa dancing

Salsa in Style: What to Wear for Salsa Dancing

by Barbara Lucke

Overall, the salsa crowd is a relatively fashion-conscious group. It’s a younger crowd than the ballroom dancers, and has a sexier vibe than the swing and country dancing crowds. Salsa dancers dress in trendy and sexy styles, and their choice of attire depends on the dance environment – that is, the venue and day of the week. While most salseros dress to impress, the crowd is accepting of those who don’t – but you’ll be asked for more dances if you’re looking good! Ladies usually wear short skirts and dresses or form fitting pants or capris when they go out salsa dancing. Sexy tops such as halters, low-cut tops, sheer tops, and midriff-baring tops are common, as well as feminine styles like flowy sleeves and ruffles. For a more casual look, salseras usually wear sexy jeans and a cute cami top or baby T. I would estimate that 40-75% wear dance shoes (depending on the venue), usually 2-3” heels, in a variety of styles and colors. A few women wear jazz slippers or basic black ballroom practice shoes for comfort. Some women wear street shoes, including high-heeled sandals, pumps, and even boots. The men dress fashionably as well, most often sporting trendy jeans and stylish T-shirts. (Note: This is not your gym t-shirt, but something more trendy.) Alternatively, many guys opt for dress slacks and collared shirts. A lot of guys wear trendy belts and shoes for an additional punch of style. I’d say about 30-50% of the men I see out salsa dancing wear dance shoes, usually basic black ballroom shoes, or sometimes black or white jazz slippers. Many men wear street shoes, which are either dress shoes or stylish, low profile sneakers. As I mentioned before, the attire depends on the dance environment. Here’s a quick guide to the salsa environments you’ll find in Austin. Copa Bar & Grill: Salseros usually dress up for this venue, especially on Saturday nights. Studio Socials (Go Dance, Footworks, etc.): Dress up or don’t, whatever you prefer. Studio socials are a more laid-back environment to focus more on your dancing skills and less on impressing others! Dallas Nightclub, Sunday Night Salsa: Dress up or don’t. You may even see some cowboys out there trying to salsa in their cowboy hat and boots. Oasis, Sunday Evenings: Dress light. The dancing is outside and you will be hot! Stiletto heels are a bad idea. They’ll get stuck between the wooden boards that form the dance floor. Speakeasy, Wednesday Nights: Dress up a little. But it is only Wednesday, after all. Salsa Congresses: Dress up, especially on Saturday, but they’re not going to kick you out if you show up looking casual. Everyone’s tired from traveling, workshops, and/or rehearsal. Some final tips regarding what to wear or not wear when you go out to dance salsa: Ladies – Avoid bracelets, dangling jewelry (long necklaces, big earrings), dangling chain belts, and other accessories that will go flying and whip your partner when you spin. Along the same lines, avoid long ponytails that will slap men in their faces. Try a messy bun or putting only half of your hair up instead. And while I encourage you to show some sexy salsa skin, make sure you’re supported and covered where you need it. All that shimmying and shaking can cause some embarrassing moments in the wrong shirt. If you choose to wear a tube top, make sure it will stay up while you dance! Men – Bring an extra shirt with you. Change when your first shirt becomes soaked with sweat. Also avoid wristwatches, which can scrape the ladies’ arms. Experienced salsa dancers: We want to hear from you! What is your favorite outfit to wear out dancing? Describe your favorite pair of salsa shoes or let us know where you buy your social dancing clothes.

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Five Steps to Body Health

Five Steps to Body Health

 

  1. Dance to coordinate the entire body
  2. Walk, run, do yoga, or Tai Chi
  3. Get long and lean with Pilates reformer workouts
  4. Protect joints with exercises at Z-Health.net
  5. Integrate your gains with CranioSacral therapy or massage therapy.

 

And the P.S. to those is: RESPOND immediately when you feel a twinge of pain.

 

 

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Entry Level Dancer

ENTRY LEVEL DANCE

 

1.  Choose your dance form

 

2.  Select a studio or teacher that works for your location and schedule.

 

3.  Try out several styles if you can not decide.  Some studios have a monthly package to sample all the dance styles.

 

4.  Make the choices that will make dance more fun:

Who are the people you love to be around?

What is the dance music or type of movement that turns you on?

Do you want a group class or private instruction?

Are you drawn to the cutting edge, the local rage, formal dance training, improvisation, or folk and ethnic forms?

Do you want to dance with a partner, alone, or in unison with others?

Do you want to move a little or a lot, fast or slow?

Do you want direct instruction or an exercise format following an instructor?

 

5.  Choose your mentor, an instructor or leader who you feel comfortable learning from.

 

6.  Find a buddy who will encourage you and you can encourage.  Classes do not require a partner so you can bring someone with you or find a friend there.

 

7.  Watch television shows and movies to see how others have gone through the process of learning to dance.

 

8.  Encourage boys, brothers, sons, and husbands.

Bring your buddies or mates  along with you or practice with them at home.  Men and boys are finding the fun of dancing to music.  No excuses should keep them from improving their level of fun, coordination, communication, and build their brain while they are at it.

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Dancer is a unique athlete

GETTING FIT WITH DANCE

 

Dance training builds a different approach to improving muscle efficiency and to coordinating all the muscles of the body in every movement.

 

Watching television’s Dancing with the Stars, it becomes obvious the detail of muscular control to perform Ballroom dancing.  Then the program, So You Think You Can Dance makes it even clearer the full range of muscular control and technique in many dance forms.  With dancing, walking, running and jumping become a completely new game from any other sport.

 

So in getting fit, the athlete can benefit from dance training as well as the dancer benefiting from athletic training.

 

Dancers use athletic training to enhance their strength and stamina and to improve eye hand coordination by using balls, swords, ribbons, and other equipment.

 

Dance also offers unique training to gain control of inner muscles that engage with every movement of the body.  Two significant results are first, greater manipulation of feet, legs, and arms with control from the inner muscles that dancers refer to as the “core,” and second, developing a balance of flexibility and strength for full range of the musculature and prevention of injury.

 

Here are only a few of the other benefits:

 

Engage small as well as large muscle groups.

Increase brain function with circular motion and crossing the mid-line of the body. Coordination of individual body parts acting separately and individually.

Develop balance and maneuverability from any position.

Develop a 360 degree awareness of the body in space.

Coordinate use of the breath with movement.

Coordinate use of the eyes with movement.

Connect moving the body to the emotions and to full commitment.