by Simon Mitchell
After attending Mary’s dance class in Par for a couple of years, I found that learning and dancing basic sequences was no longer satisfying. It was so frustrating wanting to learn salsa dance in remote and rural Cornwall – and being a non-driver – I even created a piece of salsa music about this frustration, my ‘pyschological wooden leg’, which you can hear on this link:
It seemed to me that a good dancer should respond to the music, integrating turns and moves with changes in the music. A sequence, even a series of sequences, although useful – quickly becomes boring, especially with a regular dance partner.
A good lead dancer has to respond on the spot and needs to signal their dance intentions to their partner. As a lead dancer, the subtleties of this were hard to find in a Cornish dance class. I spent every penny I had on going to Cuba to get lessons. This trip confirmed that what I had been learning at Mary’s class was very much ‘Cornish Salsa’.
After clubs, courses, weekend residentials, even my amazing dance course with Folklorico Cutumba in Cuba, my question became:
“How do I lead an endlessly diverse salsa dance, with a partner, which is responsive to the music, without depending wholly on repetitive sequences?”
In this ebook I share with you my own answer to this problem – a ‘system’ for leading a dance without relying on repetitive, pre-learned sequences. So if you have a few moves, in any of the Latin or ballroom dances, this ‘dance move randomiser’ will help you to string them together in diversity, and dance like the wind.