How to avoid mistakes in dancing

Of course you can’t avoid all mistakes, but here are some tips to avoid making mistakes in dancing!  There’s no magic formula…or is there?  I’ll start with the basics, then give you some shortcuts. Fundamentals 1. Know your patterns – backwards and forwards!  If you have trouble remembering without someone in front of you, you won’t be able to do …

Why I Hate Dancing with the Stars

I love to watch Dancing with the Stars.  But as an instructor who teaches people to dance, I hate the misconceptions it spreads about dancing.  Sure it’s fantastic entertainment.  It’s got ups and downs and flash and drama.  But it also has: The Outfits I could just rest my case here.  Sure you ladies love it, but can you imagine …

How Dancing Destroys Shyness

Believe it or not, I used to be shy.  Oh yeah.  Me. Incredibly, devastatingly, life-cripplingly shy.  In fact, in all my years in the dance business, I’ve never seen anyone as shy as I was.  On my first lesson as a student, I didn’t let the instructor touch me (she must have thought I was nuts!) As a student, I …

To Party, or Not To Party

So you’ve decided to learn to dance. You know a couple of steps, but that’s about it. The question is do you go to the parties and nights out, or wait until you’re a better, more confident dancer? I have been teaching a long time, and have seen both extremes again and again. Allow me to share what I’ve learned …

The REAL 4 Stages of Learning

The REAL Four Stages of Learning Ok, I just did an internet search for the 4 Stages of Learning, and every website has this hard-to-understand gobbledygook about the psychological 4 stages of learning.  So let ol’ Ed here lay out a detailed, but easy-to-understand breakdown of the real 4 stages of learning! You should know these because if you understand …

My first time Salsa Dancing

Let me tell you an embarrassing (at the time) story about the first time I went out Salsa dancing. I had been learning for a while at this point, but had always danced inside the studios I went to, and had gotten pretty comfortable in those environments.  I was in my late 20’s and still pretty shy, but, I had …

How many dances should I learn at once?

How many dances should I learn at once? New dancers ask me how many dances they should start with. Here’s my analysis, weighing the pros and cons of learning 1 dance at a time versus multiple dances at once. 1 dance at a time Pros: One dance at a time is easier.  You have one dance, one timing, and one …