I've been taking salsa here in Canada for a year now, learning the shines and all, go to the DR and I have no idea what I am doing. Apparently with the DR salsa the men start with the right foot and I know the salsa I have learned, the men start with the left foot forward and the ladies with the right foot back, starting with a basic mambo step and then going into whatever pattern you want. One of my DR friends knows how to do the cross-body lead they way I know it but he as well gets confused afterwards because he is so used to starting with the same foot the ladies do in Canada...or I should say LA style salsa (I think that is what I am learning, and we dance on the 2 step not on the 1)....oh yes and quick-quick-slow or 123, 567 as 4 and 8 are a pause often used for a styling move.Helen said:Jane,
I totally empathize with you. I can do the merengue and bachata like the natives but, when the salsa starts, I slink back to whatever corner I usually sit in!
My husband is so frustrated when teaching me the steps that I don't even bother any more.
I took some lessons here in Canada but, when I was last in the DR, thought I could show everyone how good I've gotten but, wouldn't you know it, the salsa is nothing like what I've learnt!
Fast-Fast-Slow...whatever the heck the teacher had taught us...all for nothing!