Dance Instructor/Event Hostess
My love for Salsa began in the streets of New York and New Jersey
where my dance partner and I alternated between Salsa and hustle. We
were good at both and won one contest after another at the clubs we
frequented. We added so much to our style we got to the point where
people would ask us to teach them the steps and combinations they
saw us do which wasn’t as easy as we made it look. Street dancing is
a lot different than formally taught dances. Our teaching skills
where very raw, to say the least, but our students learned. We
danced, you mimicked. If you got it, good, if not, try again. All of
us learned by mimicking what we saw, which took a lot longer to
learn and teach than today.
Since then, I met Greg my first dance partner here in Florida. He
taught me the formal essentials to correctly and stylishly teach
Salsa. With this new found knowledge I can make sure that my
students learn the mechanics of dancing by breaking down steps,
turns and combinations to lead as well as follow. I have used these
techniques while working with Greg (Salsa en St Pete) for the past
four years and teaching hundreds at the free group classes at the
Pier, Baywalk and the Intermediate Class at the Gulfport Casino. I
have also learned paying attention to the little things and breaking
everything down for the individual student makes the success rate
for getting someone to dance, awesome.
After dancing and teaching Salsa for the past 35 years I am still
learning just like the students I teach. I love what I do and I love
the expressions on my students’ faces when they get a move right and
it just flows like it is something natural to them. This inspires
them to really want to dance and when that feeling is there the
skies the limit.
My students enjoy learning and I enjoy teaching. Practice makes for
a better dancer – you just have to want it bad enough!
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