Well, I am not a beginner. I have danced with most of the top Salsa pros in LA, competed at different levels and performed at the LA Congress. I have been dancing for 20 years and have been doing Salsa for at least 7 years. I think the truth is somewhere in between the scene "sucks" and "wow, everyone is sooooo nice." Attitude and ignorance is everywhere. Salsa is really no worse than lets say the WCS scene. For some reason people get attitudes based on very little real world evidence and support. I have to check myself sometimes when I get weird. Who knows why it is that way but if you want to go out dancing you have to, I think, deal with it. It is real, but then deal with it. Good discussion though. Thanks!