Salsa > Absolutely Hilarious....

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by peachexploration, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    DWise1 is, as usual, quite wise, but, knowing the Orlando dance scene, I bet peach is completely correct in her assessment. Orlando is not like NYC or MIA, where there's real genuine salsa being danced everywhere. In Orlando, there are a few places where people actually know what they're doing and a few places where people are trying to make a buck from teaching salsa, the latest partner dance craze. The trick is knowing the difference. :? Generic (or geriatric take your pick :lol: :lol: ) salsa would make me wonder, for sure. Of course, there's always the free or cheap sample lesson approach.
  2. peachexploration

    peachexploration New Member

    Right Jenn, this is exactly what I'm saying. Some of these schools could care less about Salsa and what it really means/requires to be able to teach it. It's nothing more than the "latest dance craze that can make you money" swindle to them. They will say anything that may sound good (read BS) to get you in the door and take your money. :evil:
  3. Jmatthew

    Jmatthew New Member

    Here in Corvallis a cuople of the local bars have "Salsa Nights." The teachers run lessons a few hours before hands, and a drop in just before the "dance." From what I saw of the teachers they looked pretty good, but I'm sure if you called the bar on any other day they wouldn't know crap about Salsa other than that they have a Salsa Night and someone runs classes.

    Heck, the place I teach is a roller rink, I'm sure if you called the regular number and asked the roller rink people about my lessons they'd be just as lost. :) Of course, that's why I put my own number on all the advertising. :)
  4. Vin

    Vin New Member

    If this was a studio environment then there is no excuse for them not knowing what style(or styles) of salsa they teach.
    That being said I am going to ruin the fun.
    Aren't we trying to get away from classifying our salsa as being part of any specific style? Don't we all just dance salsa and do what we feel rather than dance the way someone else tells us to dance? Wouldn't this qualify as generic salsa?
  5. borikensalsero

    borikensalsero Moderator

    I think that is what they meant Vin... I wanna dance that generic stuff too!
  6. Vin

    Vin New Member

    Ok, thank you for the clarification.
  7. DWise1

    DWise1 Well-Known Member

    In my online readings into the history of swing, that has been a recurring theme, where a dance craze has started and everybody wants to learn it, so studios would just pull an old similar dance out of their syllabus and call it the same thing. One site even mentioned the practice of franchise studios hiring teachers who did know the dance and would draw in business by dancing it in the clubs, but once they were back in the studio they had to teach from the chain's syllabus, that being a condition of employment.

    What we out-of-staters tend to associate with Florida are the retirement communities, so "geriatric Salsa" does have a certain ring to it.
  8. peachexploration

    peachexploration New Member

    Right Vin, as individuals, yes, we or at least I do not want to pigeon held into one particular "type" of salsa. However, I do need to know the mechanics of/if it's Casino Rueda, LA style, Cuban, etc. because they are different philosophies for the lack of a better word. I need to know more than it's "generic". In this case, the idea was to just get me in the door. Instructors who care, know their Salsa.
  9. Vin

    Vin New Member

    I see your point, I guess in my opinion if they are a serious studio then yes they should know what they are teaching, but if they are a bar chances are they have someone come and teach who is not really affiliated with the bar.
  10. tj

    tj New Member

    Generic salsa:

    Tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro, and hot peppers?

  11. peachexploration

    peachexploration New Member

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
  12. DancePoet

    DancePoet Well-Known Member

    So ... does anyone else have stories that are hilarious like the "generic salsa" or Dance Teachers Needed, No Experience Necessary"?
  13. cocodrilo

    cocodrilo New Member

    Yeah, like some workshops I've seen offered during salsa fests/congresses:
    "All levels"- yeah, right! chuck in the dead beginners with the intermediates and you're going to have a lot of frustrated & disappointed people! :shock: & :evil: They do this so they can get the largest number of people to show up, thus make the most money. (Where I am, the event sponsors don't compensate the instructors that hold the workshops- they get paid per whoever shows up.)
  14. squirrel

    squirrel New Member

    hmmm.... :evil: :evil: :evil:
  15. peachexploration

    peachexploration New Member

    Yeah, this is the worst! Moreso for the beginners. They can easily get lost. One of my first and last classes with a particular school handle classes this way. Of course the teacher was more focused on the more advance dancers and the beginners got lost in the shuffle. I felt bad for them. :evil: :evil:

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