We have Malcom Gladwell to either thank or blame for popularizing the meme that it takes 10,000 hours of practice at something to reach an expert level. Gladwell – as he is wont to do – misread or misinterpreted or both original research performed by Dr. Anders Ericsson who, with two colleagues in 1990, published…
Salsa lessons in the heart of Toronto!
Join us every Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Classes are drop-in, so join anytime!
Foundations classes teach and polish the basics of salsa dancing, and the key elements of leading and following. It is where people who are new to salsa will begin. It is also where advanced dancers have an opportunity to refine their technique.
Over the past few weeks in the Repertoire class, we’ve worked on some choreographies that have interesting elements. There was the “pizza turn” with an elbow block push-down, a blind spot turn with the lead hand stopping on the back of the leader’s neck, some shifting from rail to rail on the slot, and others….
It’s something of which I often remind students in my classes: Salsa is a metaphor for life. (To be fair, many other lead/follow, partner dance styles are equally metaphorical for life, but this is Salsaholics after all!) I often joke about this in class, like when mentioning that the follower (usually a woman) never lets…
One of the biggest challenges that a relatively inexperienced dancer imposes on themselves is the idea that “I don’t know enough moves.” Often, a newer dancer – and this is often more true among leaders – wishes they had a larger repertoire of patterns and combinations with which to spice up their dance experience. After…
On the Salsaholics Facebook group this week, I posted a picture of what looks like a pretty painful injury incurred by one partner, literally at the hands of another. What is clear from the photo is that the injuring party grabbed the injured person with extremely strong thumb pressure, so much so that there is…
In last week’s Repertoire pattern, I mentioned in class that there was a key element that made the difference between success and “not-so-much” in the choreography. That magic ingredient? Flow. What I mean by “flow” is the dancer’s ability to keep their body in motion through the entire 8-count of salsa “units,” if you will….
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre
427 Bloor Street West
(one block west of Spadina)