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The Difference between Performance & Competition

by Ana Gherasim After my last article on The Trouble with Salsa Competitions, a few people have come up to me with a question that bent my brain: “If you’re so against competitions, why do you perform?” I didn’t understand, at first. Performing a choreographed routine and taking part in a competition are two different things; […]

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The Trouble with Salsa Competitions

by Ana Gherasim Disclaimer: This post lays out Ana’s personal opinion on salsa competitions, and does not necessarily represent the stance of other Azucar! instructors or of the school as a whole. Differences of opinion are encouraged and, if you think Ana has got it wrong, please leave a comment and let us know why. Spirited, […]

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The Skill of Following

by Ana Gherasim Have you checked out Latin Dance Community yet? If not, I recommend you pay them a visit. They have lots of interesting, well-researched and well-written articles about the world of Latin Dance, and they have become one of my dance blogs to watch. In general, there’s very rarely a Latin Dance Community […]

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Flow like water: Applying the philosophy of Bruce Lee to Salsa Dancing

by Jeffrey Huang Like every other Chinese boy growing up in North America, I was a huge Bruce Lee fan; dreaming one day I’d become a fearless and powerful warrior, handing generic bad guys beat-downs in the name of righteousness – and instead kicking a hole in my bedroom wall and nursing my bruised toes. I did end […]

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How important is ‘salsa technique’?

by Ana Gherasim Salsa technique and I have a complicated relationship. It’s love and hate; it’s on-again, off-again; it’s the nice boy you introduce to your parents but wouldn’t be caught dead with in a club around your ‘cool’ friends; it’s the kale smoothie you drink because it’s good for you, even though it makes you […]

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Life Beyond Intermediate

by Ana Gherasim We’ve received questions lately about whether we are planning to introduce advanced salsa classes soon, or why our highest current level of classes is called Intermediate 2 instead of Advanced. Here’s my attempt at answering these questions, the only way I know how: with a long blog post. What is “advanced” salsa? To […]

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An introvert’s journey through salsa choreography

by Jeff Huang “Which are the differences between social dance and choreographies? To look at the audience? to exploit all the space of the floor? to have a ”tighter” posture? what else??? what do you think?” “The ridiculous costumes.” – Excerpts from a salsa forum As many of my friends know, I harbor strong reluctance when […]

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Post-Congress Tips

by Ana Gherasim A bunch of us spent last weekend in Montreal, experiencing 3 days of amazing dancing at the Montreal Salsa Convention. To follow up on all my pre-congress advice, I thought I’d share with you a few of my tips on recovering from a salsa congress, retaining what you learned, and becoming a better […]

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More Salsa Congress Tips

by Ana Gherasim We’ve already written a bunch of articles about salsa congresses – and here’s one more! Today, I’d like to share a few miscellaneous congress tips that didn’t quite make it into any of the previous articles, and none of which are really lengthy enough to warrant and article on their own. A compilation […]

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Must-Haves for Congress Workshops

by Ana Gherasim The Montreal Salsa Convention is fast approaching, and we’re bringing quite the student crew with us this year (#azucarposse ?). We know most of you are excited to check out the congress workshops, and I received lots of questions about what to wear and pack for the congress, as well as pro tips […]

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