So, you’ve recently started learning to dance salsa. Should you just stick with just salsa? Or move on and learn other styles straight away?
The challenge is that it can be confusing to learn just one dance, let alone two or three at the same time!
But wherever you hear salsa music (parties, after class etc) you’re likely to hear bachata and kizomba music too.
So…if you don’t try to learn all three, what do you do when they come on and somebody asks you to dance?
If you really want to enjoy the whole social dance experience, you need to learn at least the basics of these 3 dances as soon as possible.
That may seem like a mammoth task, but the good news is, there’s ways to make your job A LOT easier.
Here are my tips to learn faster and try to avoid getting completely confused and overloading yourself with info.
- Keep it simple. Just the basic step in each style is fine when you first start. Learn one step, stick with it for a couple of dances, and then you can maybe add step two. Try not to worry about your dance partner. We’ve all been in your situation and we understand if you’re struggling. We want to help you get better and we know it takes patience and big smiles along the way. (You can also wait until a song is half (or three quarters) finished before you ask someone to dance, then you won’t have to repeat your moves as much)!
- Don’t rush. We live in a “buy now – pay later” world. If you dance, the only option is to start at the bottom, work hard and gradually improve. Try not to hurry, but enjoy the journey. The learning process can be loads of fun and often the most fun dances are to be had when you’re first learning.
- Dance with advanced dancers. If you’re a man, ask an advanced dancer to help you with your dancing by keeping you in time, so you can try to remember your steps. If you’re a lady, let the guy know that you’re a beginner and just need to practice your basic steps. He should then be able to lead you and help you get the basics perfected.
- Write down moves. The accomplishes two things. First the act of writing/typing the name of the move helps you to remember it and second, you have a handy reminder on your phone/in your note book of all of the moves you’ve learned and need to practice (see next tip).
- Practice every day. This is probably the most important tip and the one least followed. A lot of people think they can’t practice at home for a lot of reasons. There’s nearly always a way and I’ll be writing another whole article on this subject very soon.
- Time management. It’s good to have a plan and if you can set aside 3 mins per day for each dance, you can learn them all in a surprisingly short time. With just 10 mins practice per day on top of your regular class/practice time, you can become a really good dancer, fast.
We teach both of these dance styles at workshops that we hold on a monthly basis in Bury St Edmunds and King’s Lynn.
If you’ve not come across bachata and kizomba before, have a look at these video clips where you can hear and see bachata and kizomba being demonstrated.
Our next workshop is in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 12th November (8pm – Midnight) where we’ll be teaching bachata & kizomba suitable for anyone at the beginner to intermediate level.
You can still book tickets at www.secretsalsa.co.uk/workshops
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