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« on: June 16, 2013, 10:48:18 AM »

Another opinion question only.  Based on what you have seen at dance socials, if you had a friend who was just starting out at ballroom dance, what dance or two would you recommend that they start with,to enable themselves to get up and moving on the social dance floor as quickly as possible?

Does the type of dance venue or geographical location make a difference?
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2013, 05:48:43 PM »

the one step Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2013, 06:39:51 PM »

a la Elaine in Seinfeld? I think not sister!  Grin

I think cha could probably correct me on this, but, if I had to give someone their very first ballroom lesson,knowing that they would be at a ballroom mixer that night, I would teach them a foxtrot basic and a boxstep. Box step could be used for rumba or waltz.  There's no faking a foxtrot and it would at least get them around the floor.

That's pretty straight forward.

I think it would get more complicated after that,though,depending on where you dance.

For example, if you dance at C&W venues, a foxtrot works because the basic is pretty much the same as a two-step.  Add in a waltz and a NC2S, and you're done.  You really dont need any more lessons unless you insist on dancing every dance (or you like line dances  Grin )

If you like R&B/freestyle clubs, I'd probably go with American rumba and some up-tempo swing variation, depending on where you are in the US.  (i.e. in the Midwest, Chicago steppin, in the East,  bop or ECS, in the south, shag, etc.)  WCS would be awesome too,but I think that would be better for more advanced students.

From what I'm reading, in the UK, modern jive is super popular for "freestyles" which I assume means  nightclub dancing.

But I could be wrong, and I assume things are different,in different parts of the world.

Does anybody here social dance ad want to shoot me down? Grin
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2013, 07:15:43 PM »

[search one step on PDO Wink ]

I think you start with salsa - its intuitive and you can use it just about anywhere
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2013, 12:14:56 AM »

Wow.   Really?  What happens if you go to a club that  doesn't play salsa music?
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2013, 03:11:21 AM »

Wow.   Really?  What happens if you go to a club that  doesn't play salsa music?

..then you do salsa to played music Grin. j.k. Although from what I have heard, some people have done that - though with swing dances.
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2013, 06:48:36 AM »

Wow.   Really?  What happens if you go to a club that  doesn't play salsa music?
thesimple answer is you don't - you go to salsa clubs.

Actually I haven't checked recently; they are still plentyfull right?
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2013, 06:57:34 AM »

LOL Phoenix13 - no shooting down here - I think you're spot on!   Maybe nightclub 2-step would be good too - as an add on.
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« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2013, 07:00:29 AM »

Wow.   Really?  What happens if you go to a club that  doesn't play salsa music?
thesimple answer is you don't - you go to salsa clubs.

Actually I haven't checked recently; they are still plentyfull right?


Not as much as, say ten years ago. And it depends on where you live. If you live in or near a major metropolitan area,I think it's usually safe to assume that there'll be salsa somewhere.  Other places,not as much.   Clutch and sway to pop or country is more common, IME, at least in the US.

Nowadays, a lot of salsa clubs have "Latin" nights -- where other dances, like merengue, bachata,,etc are played. In those cases, I would recommend learning merengue and a nice box step. You can actually dance a very nice rumba box to many bachata songs.
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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2013, 07:01:17 AM »

LOL Phoenix13 - no shooting down here - I think you're spot on!   Maybe nightclub 2-step would be good too - as an add on.

I love NC2S. You can learn enough to get by in a lesson or two. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2013, 07:16:48 AM »

Wow.   Really?  What happens if you go to a club that  doesn't play salsa music?

..then you do salsa to played music Grin. j.k. Although from what I have heard, some people have done that - though with swing dances.

Technically speaking, you probably could, if the tempo was right.    Songs with 4/4 time signatures are interchangeable, right?  Shocked Wink
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« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2013, 07:53:45 AM »

Wow.   Really?  What happens if you go to a club that  doesn't play salsa music?

..then you do salsa to played music Grin. j.k. Although from what I have heard, some people have done that - though with swing dances.

Technically speaking, you probably could, if the tempo was right.    Songs with 4/4 time signatures are interchangeable, right?  Shocked Wink
salsa to QS?  perhaps a pro... Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2013, 07:59:54 AM »

Wow.   Really?  What happens if you go to a club that  doesn't play salsa music?

..then you do salsa to played music Grin. j.k. Although from what I have heard, some people have done that - though with swing dances.

Technically speaking, you probably could, if the tempo was right.    Songs with 4/4 time signatures are interchangeable, right?  Shocked Wink

Apparently you can also dance it to waltz music - have seen that done Grin.
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« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2013, 10:14:19 AM »

Wow.   Really?  What happens if you go to a club that  doesn't play salsa music?

..then you do salsa to played music Grin. j.k. Although from what I have heard, some people have done that - though with swing dances.

Technically speaking, you probably could, if the tempo was right.    Songs with 4/4 time signatures are interchangeable, right?  Shocked Wink

Apparently you can also dance it to waltz music - have seen that done Grin.


Just because you can do it, doesn't mean it's recommended.  Grin

Oh yeah and,as far as salsa goes, I would not recommend that a newbie go to a bona fide salsa club planning to dance salsa. It's intuitive, but it'snot easy,especially with all the flashy spinning moves that are so popular.  ... Unless you're a cute young girl, that is.  Other than that, you won't be getting many dances.  Better come prepared with a beginner dance.
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« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2013, 06:35:20 AM »

LOL Phoenix13 - no shooting down here - I think you're spot on!   Maybe nightclub 2-step would be good too - as an add on.

Agreed.  NC2S is a great romantic, easy dance.  Nice to have in your social dance arsenal. Smiley
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