Hold up. It’s not what you think.
Salsa dancing is fantastic. It’s sleek, sexy and full of challenge and opportunities to grow as a person. It’s superb exercise and it’s social, but that’s not why people come back again and again.
We sacrifice sleep, sanity and drive insane hours for crazy dance congresses…
As spoken by true Cuban Rumberos,
Dance is the fountain where I quench my body’s thirst for movement.
We love dancing. We love that magical feeling. Completely in the moment.
Lost in flow, totally present and truly alive.
If you’re a wallflower wishing to join the fun. Go for it! Join a class, ask someone to dance, become part of the community.
Whether you’ve got fourteen left feet, a few moves in your pocket or have been dancing for years. Here’s a concept that will propel your leading and following skills to another planet.
You’ll meet all sorts of dancers on your journey. Joyous, forceful, playful, rough, musical, light, assertive, confident, shy, serious, confused, sly, humorous, deadpan, cloud-like dancers.
The key is adapting and responding in a way allowing you to enjoy all kinds of leads and follows. No matter how heavy or light they are. No matter how beginner or advanced they are.
Versatility, adaptability, and responsiveness are your secret sauces.
Here’s where condoms come in
You must be elastic, responsive, like condoms…When you apply condom-elastic-stretching on the dance floor, you can comfortably adapt to any kind of dance partner. Condoms promote intimate connection. Be like condoms my friend.
– Bruce Wee (Bruce Lee’s imaginary twin)
Condom-Elastic-Stretching is a dance concept sounding straight out of “The Ginormous Book of Dirty Jokes”. It’s a real skill that will elevate your ability to dance with all sorts of partners.
In Toronto we are pleasantly spoiled to learn from the world’s most eclectic, playful and socially inappropriate dance teacher to ever grace human history. United Salseros’ Overlord. Some call him Yoda. Most sigh “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” and end up laughing on the floor when he sneaks in cheeky sex jokes every three counts of eight. At dance classes, socials and 4 AM Salsa Dance Congress Chinatown Pho, he’s a walking-breathing-jokes machine.
Beginner dancers overreact. Their timing is suspect. Their movements aren’t centered. Their hands and feet aren’t coordinated with the rest of their body. Every dance is filled with panic, “oh my gosh. I’m messing everything up! He/She’s going to HATE dancing with me!”
If you’re feeling awkward, stiff and uncoordinated on the dancefloor, you’re not alone. This is completely normal, curable, and awesome. Sweet. You’re willing to get better!
The difficulty lies in expressing vague dance concepts. It’s easy to say a great dancer is smooth, graceful and elegant. But why are they smooth, graceful and elegant? Why is it so comfortable to dance with them?
Elasticity is a start
Great dancers internalize Condom-Elastic-Stretching. They know how to stretch and compress. Every move has fluid potential and no body parts are stiff or rigid. They embody dance philosophies grounded in Tai Chi princples of movement and spacial awareness. A philosophy embodying flow.
No matter how fast the song, amazing dancers do not rely on sheer muscle strength and individual effort to move quickly. It’s too easy to lose connection that way.
Instead, they rely on the Condom-Elastic-Stretching forces of stretch and compression to bounce from move to move like rubber balls. Dancing becomes effortless. These dancers can dance for hours on end with all variety of partners without over-tiring or stressing their joints.
Condoms aren’t just stretchy. They’re really freaking powerful. You don’t want condoms breaking on you now, am I right?
See the condom. Admire the condom. Be the condom.
You’ll soon be custom made to fit your partner ;) This kind of dancing prevents unwanted dance floor accidents. 98% guaranteed. The better you get at Condom-Elastic-Stretching, the more intimate your connection between you and your partner.
Give it a go. Take note of how you react to your dance partners. Take note of how your dance partners react to you and adjust accordingly.
Practice Safer Dancing ❤