So this past week while at a salsa social; a good friend of mine was stepped on ( an accident that could have been totally avoided). As a result of this incident I have decided to revisit the concept of Salsa Etiquette.
What is ettiquete? It can defined as the customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular group. It is very dependent on culture as what is good etiquette in one society may shock another.
Now we got that out of the way, what is Salsa etiquette?:
A. Personal hygiene – Always smell good and have clean breath.
B. ASK the lady to dance. Now while a bit of persitance is cool and maybe even charming, being forceful is a No-No.
C. Once a lady agrees to dance with you, remember she is more than just saying yes to the dance; For that 4 minutes she is Trusting you! Remember, you lead and she has to choose to follow. As the lead – Keep that trust / take care of her / make sure she is having fun and is comfortable / yet challenge her on occasion – Basically, treat her like the only Woman in the world that matters.
Now making her feel good and comfortable etc involves a lot of aspects, one of which is floor craft – being aware of whats going on around you and dancing accordingly.
A year ago I wrote an article which I now recommend you go and check out: Floor Craft – Salsa Etiquette 101
Till next Thursday peeps,
Live, Laugh, Love & Salsa!
I think I know who that friend is 🙂 she wanted to ditch training 🙂 lol
Perhaps if girls were taught to be light on their feet and not put their heels down the injuries would be less severe. Etiquette starts in school in my opinion.