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Editor's Note: Shelly Green is one example of the many people who email SalsaNewYork when it comes to getting instructor recommendation. I know from prior experience that different people have different needs when it comes to learning how to dance. That's why whenever I get an email from someone wanting a recommendation for an instructor I email them back a little questionnaire (for example what borough would you like to take classes in? What level of dancing are you at? Would you like a male or female instructor? Are you interested in weekday or weekend classes? Etc.). I use the questionnaire to help me zero in on the instructors who best fit that person's needs. Here Shelly gives us her take on the process she went through when she first decided to take dance classes. - Manny
from Addie Diaz
had an interest in learning but didn't realize I had some decisions to
make. Salsa or Mambo? Did I want to male instructor or a female
instructor? I could not understand why the sex of the instructor was
relevant but I received my explanation. Learning from an
accomplished female instructor would help me when it came time to develop
my "style" as I progressed through my classes. Now I had a
better understanding I needed recommendations for instructors. Again
I was asked two more question..........Did I want a weeknight class?
What borough would I want to take the class?
Diaz was recommended among other female instructors but I chose her
class due the information on her site and her fast response to my message.
I stressed to Addie that I literally had "two left feet" and did
not have a partner with whom to attend the classes. She told me the
same thing Manny did that I didn't need a partner. She was
reassuring and several days later, I was in her
attended my first
class and was amazed at the set-up. The class was divided into
three groups of beginners.....beginners;
intermediate; and advanced. The first hour was spent learning and
steps and the second hour was spent practicing
these steps with a partner. Addie normally has one or two persons
assisting her so I felt as if I had the best of both worlds. I had
an opportunity to dance with other students as you would in a group lesson
but I felt that each group receives individual attention so it is almost
as if I had a private lesson. Don't forget I have "two
left feet" and it doesn't help that I am also shy. Well, Addie
and her co-instructors encourage each student to keep trying and they also
work with you till you "get" the move correctly. Your
fellow classmates are equally supportive and offer assistance when needed.
my first class I was inspired to learn more and I kept returning.
Each week the class is a little different because you constantly have new
students joining the group and you work at your own pace. Isn't that
great? No pressure! The environment is challenging yet
nurturing and my dancing is improving also. Yes, I am still learning
to "Break on 2" and lovin' every minute of it!
you are a beginner such as myself or have had a desire to take a lesson, I
suggest you take a lesson at least once. The class is designed for
people like me:
If you can answer "yes" to any of the items listed above then you too should try one of the many classes or socials mentioned on this site (SalsaNewYork) so you can experience "La Vida Loca" on your own terms.