Why “Social” Dancers are Killing Salsa

Does this apply to tango too? Food for thought, perhaps…

The Dancing Irishman

Purely social dancers have started pissing me off.

Let’s get something straight: Salsa IS a social activity. Most people who take it up do so to get out more and to meet new people. That’s one of the reasons I dance myself and I consider myself a social dancer (just not in the sense that I’m writing about here). Long story short, salsa needs to be enjoyed. Today, however, I’m gonna talk about a very different type of “Social” dancer!

There seems to be a natural progression amongst great salseros that goes a little something like this:

  • They begin salsa without many expectations
  • They enjoy the new activity and the new social outlet
  • They improve and their improvement leads to greater enjoyment
  • Greater enjoyment leads to greater desire to improve…

    Great dancers continue to get better over time (in an ideal world of course) Great dancers continue to get better over time (in an ideal world of course, so in reality this never…

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~ by magickwords on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

One Response to “Why “Social” Dancers are Killing Salsa”

  1. TW wrote: “Does this apply to tango too?

    In that article the author criticises dancers who

    become content with their basic … level and see no need to improve. I call this the “Bah!” (Basic And Happy!) Cycle.

    Yes I think tango, like salsa, has many such dancers. Just look around at a trad BA milonga.

    And yes I think tango, like salsa, have many such critics. Just look around the people trying to earn a living from convincing dancers they should be unhappy to remain at the Happy level. And from selling dance classes.

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