Who here can dance?

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  1. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I can dance badly, but I'm not talking about that. Who can dance? Who can "cut a rug". I've always wanted to learn to breakdance, but I'm afraid of doing it in a literal sense and breaking all the bones in my body.

    Also, I went to this Salsa bar once, and while I have taken a beginner's "Idiot's Guide To Salsa Dancing"-style lesson, I couldn't embarrass myself at this club. People were literally spinning, swinging, and tossing each other around. It was like Daycare all over again. It wasn't a place I'd normally go to, but my friend is Mexican, and she told me that Mexicans can dance, and that's all there is to it. :eek:

    Anyone feel as hopeless as me? I have actually taken 3 or 4 one-time Salsa lessons. Three or four lessons, and I can never remember a thing.
     
  2. GirthP macrumors regular

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    I dance and teach Salsa here and there. Haven't for a while but I may be starting up again. If you ever have any questions, feel free.

    The most important thing I find in teaching people, especially men, is to relax, and focus on getting the rhythm down. So many guys want to look really fancy and impress, but they never get the basics ironed out. The guys who, either by luck or persistence, get the basic rhythm in their feet, always turn out to be solid dancers.

    The thing that helped me learn is a partner. Learning to practice in public is torture. Find someone that is either at your level or patient ;), and practice at home until you are relaxed about your dancing ability. Don't get fixated on not being able to dance. That will just be another thing you will have to unlearn then.

    One of my favorite memories is the feeling of learning Salsa. Enjoy it!

    Good luck!
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    3 or 4 one time lessons won't do much for you. You need to have a lesson a week, and at least one practice session in between.

    But it's worth making a commitment to -- once you break through the 'IDKWTF I'm doing" barrier, you get confidence, and it becomes a lot easier. There's years and years worth of learning you can do if you want to take it that far, but after 6 months, you'll be able to dance better than 99% of guys in the Western world.

    Hear this, a guy who can dance is NEVER lonely on the dance floor. Women love to dance with a guy who knows how. And this is a lifetime skill, too, so the payback is worth the effort.

    My wife and I dance Argentine Tango -- it's not as vigorous as Salsa (good thing, my knees and hips aren't that vigorous either) but it is tougher for the guy to learn than Salsa -- it's a little over a year of lessons and I'm just starting to break loose. They say it takes the guy about 7 years to really learn it (the gals have it easier, they follow the guy's lead and look fabulous). But this is a sexay dance, it is.:D
     
  4. OzExige macrumors 6502

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    "Dancing is the perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire"

    Yeah, yeah yeah yeah!
     
  5. GirthP macrumors regular

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    I second that advice.

    Expect to put in at least 8 weeks, preferably 12 to get a solid footing.

    Tango is my first love as well, but it's much much harder than Salsa!

    It's also not as available where I live for social dancing.
     
  6. Abstract thread starter macrumors Penryn

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    I love how a guy and girl partner seem almost psychic, and can predict each others moves. When my friend told me that the dancing partners may not even know each other, and that this wasn't rehearsed, my jaw dropped. One example was when the guy spun the girl around, and spun himself around, and he caught her hand while neither of them were facing each other. They were looking in opposite directions, and yet they both knew where their hands should be to make it work. They also spun in a way that it looked choreographed.
     
  7. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    I can do the Soulja Boy dance... Its easy to learn and fun to do, try it!

    Although, my girlfriend can dance very well ;)
     
  8. Melrose macrumors 604

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    I would love to be able to dance the Tango -It's so dramatic and serious.

    They say White men can't dance - I think I define that statement, unfortunately.
     
  9. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000

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    Men Without Hats Song

    Men Without Hats: Safety Dance

    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=211932307&id=211932303&s=143455

    We can dance if we want to
    We can leave your friends behind
    Cause your friends dont dance
    And if they dont dance
    Well they're no friends of mine
    Say, we can go where we want to
    A place where they will never find
    And we can act like we come from out of this world
    Because you're one far behind

    We can dance

    We can go where we want to
    The night is young and so am i
    And we can dress real neat
    From out hats to our feet
    Then surprise them with a big trick ride
    Say, we can act if we want to
    If we dont, nobody will
    And you can act real rude
    And totally removed
    And i can act like an imbusil

    Say, we can dance
    We can dance
    Everything's outta control

    We can dance
    We can dance
    We're doing it more and more
    We can dance
    We can dance
    Everybody look at your hands
    We can dance
    We can dance
    Everybody's taking the cha-nce
    It's safe to dance
    Oh well, it's safe to dance
    Yes, it's safe to dance

    We can dance if we want to
    We've got all your life and mine
    As long as we abuse it
    Never gonna lose it
    Everything will work out right
    I say, we can dance if we want to
    We can leave your friends behind
    Because your friends dont dance
    And if they dont dance
    Well they're no friends of mine

    I say, we can dance
    We can dance
    Everything's outta control
    We can dance
    We can dance
    We're doing it more and more
    We can dance
    We can dance
    Everybody look at your hands
    We can dance
    We can dance
    Everybody's taking the cha-ance
    Well, it's safe to dance
    Yes, it's safe to dance
    Well, it's safe to dance
    Oh well, it's safe to dance
    Ah yes, it's safe to dance
    Well, it's safe to dance
    It's safe to dance
    It's safe to dance
     
  10. Mord macrumors G4

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    I can rave, I can *really* rave. I often get a small crowd watching me when I get going.
     
  11. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I'm about three months in to ballroom/latin dance lessons. We've learned bits of the Rumba, Salsa, Tango, Cha cha cha, Foxtrot, and Swing. We're tolerably good at the Rumba now, but we've been taking lessons nearly every week and practicing several times a week as well. It takes work, but now it's gotten to the point that it's really quite fun.

    For me the key was to practice as soon as possible after the lesson, to make sure I remember what I learned. Then at the next lesson they fix all the bad habits I picked up after a week of practicing.
     
  12. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

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    I've been ballroom dancing for four years now. I can waltz, Viennese waltz, fox trot, tango (badly), East coast swing, nightclub two-step, and hustle. I can fake my way through a few other dances. I've always been kind of pissed at myself that I didn't learn west coast swing and lindy hop before graduating because there aren't any good options for learning those dances in this town outside of the dance courses at the university.
     
  13. skunk macrumors G4

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    My wife and I can do a mean Salsa. :)

    And while we're quoting songs:

    "And who's gonna raise a hand
    When all we were taught to do is dance?
    Who'll be able to stand after this avalanche?"


    from Avalanche by Thea Gilmore.

    I can well imagine... :D
     
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    I pulse my body like a salmon on heat. Sometimes if the thrusting gets too vigourous, I put my knee out. :(
     
  16. OzExige macrumors 6502

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    no more Salsa for you!
     
  17. Tankgunk macrumors regular

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    I can waltz and fox trot, but I can't (and I mean can't) do anything but ballroom. And I really don't like line dancing and everything else like it.
     
  18. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    That's a drag. Where do you live? In Victoria we have Milongas 5 nights a week, and a club that is dedicated to Salsa and Tango on alternating nights.

    We did ballroom for a few years, but got tired of the regimentation, and the stuffy, political structure of the local Ballroom Dance Society that runs everything and dictates who can teach or not.

    Westcoast Swing is the other dance we want to learn, but Argentine Tango is taking all our time at present.

    There's three different types of Tango, Ballroom or International Tango is the one with the stylized head movements and frowning.

    They can be described like the stages of a relationship:

    American Tango is like the courtship,

    Argentine Tango is like the honeymoon,

    And International Tango is like when you're staying together for the sake of the kids...
     
  19. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    Horizontal folk dancing is the only one I can do ;)
     
  20. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    How did you pronounce "folk" again???
     
  21. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    It's the soft Irish accent, eh :)

    By the way, I might unleash my feeble, one and only Canadian joke on you.

     
  22. alFR macrumors 68020

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    For me, dancing = fail. I don't much care though tbh.
     
  23. Krafty macrumors 601

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    Same. I have never been to a club (I have no way to get to one).
     

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