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Is this called Salsa dancing?

Post by superedge » Sun, 14 Aug 2005 7:17 pm

So, I heard that a good place to do salsa was at the Amara hotel and Union Square. I went there with another latin friend.

Maybe it is a cultural thing, maybe is a new salsa dancing style and I am getting to old...but I could not dance my salsa :)

Why? well, looks like people here pretty much dance 'alone'. I did not see many couples dancing really as couple. Sometimes I have the impression they need a partner to justify that they salsa alone :) or that they want to dance to me observed as a lone-talet, bringing all the eyes to him/herself instead the actuall couple...

myself...I love to dance salsa, and lambada, and forro...but the main requirement for these are: you should have body contact.

Cool thing at the amara hotel. I went to the bar to have a drink, then I was there enjoying my soda (yeah, yeah..I can't take alcohool :) ) when this couple started to dance about 2 meters from me at the table. Weird, they clearly trying to impress me with their dancing. And they did dance very well. The problem here is, they were not dancing, they were giving a particular show for the people there and myself...and forgot the main purpose, which is: dance togheter and have fun.

Is it just me that was not lucky to get the right ladies or the girls here just do salsa at a minimal distance of 30 cm from the partner?

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Post by la chica » Mon, 15 Aug 2005 9:41 am

The style of Salsa dance in Singapore is more LA style or Cuban salsa . . .
different from that in Latin America

Yes, it is true that many people here dance not with their partners but with themselves - they are more interested to show off fancy moves rather than coordinate with their partner and dance in unison.

Many learn fixed routines and are not able to adapt to different partners from different schools . . .

Also, they can't really move with the music - e.g. lack of hip movement which a major characteristic of Latin dance. What's with the exaggerated wiggle at the end of some moves? Hip movement could be either a gentle swaying or even more pronounced side to side movements. It is inherent in every motion not just at the end of certain routines as taught in school :roll:

Anyway, don't give up. Look around more and you will find a few gals who would be able to follow your lead . . .

Que viva la Salsa :D

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Post by dot dot dot » Mon, 15 Aug 2005 12:33 pm

same experience here superedge...

It is simply not the same culture. Back in your home country and other latin american countries it is in your blood and genes, it is a way of life and enjoyment. Not here, here people see it as something exotic, but only for the dancing technique, not for the passion that comes with it.

I mean, did you ever experience a nice chat and/or flirtation here on the beach at sentosa, like you would back at Ipanema beach or at Copacabana? Alas... :cry:

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Post by superedge » Mon, 15 Aug 2005 1:22 pm

Eric from the Netherlands wrote:same experience here superedge...

It is simply not the same culture. Back in your home country and other latin american countries it is in your blood and genes, it is a way of life and enjoyment. Not here, here people see it as something exotic, but only for the dancing technique, not for the passion that comes with it.

I mean, did you ever experience a nice chat and/or flirtation here on the beach at sentosa, like you would back at Ipanema beach or at Copacabana? Alas... :cry:

Eric
oh boy... I really miss that. the flirting game!!
Flirting just for fun, if we can say that. just to exercise the technique ;) and dance look deep into the eyes as if I wanted to conquer her...but again, nothing real, that is just part of the dance and as you said enjoyment.

I've been to sentosa, but unfortunatelly I did not have much chat.



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Post by Guest » Mon, 15 Aug 2005 2:27 pm

superedge

interesting observation indeed... infact if you get time ... you might want to post this on http://groups.msn.com/grupolatin , this is a group frequented by the salsa community in singapour. See their views on this ?

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