Don’t miss out on the return of The LAI at Steven’s Steakhouse. Learn your foundational steps of Rueda Infused Bachata. This mix style will explore Traditional style Bachata with a spin. Tell your friends and get ready to get your Bachata on!!!!
“Followers…your connection needs work” by David Polon (If I can change one thing)
Maintaining the hand connection should be the Follower’s responsibility. The Follower’s hand should stay relaxed to keep its naturally curved shape so that the Leader’s hand can stay in it like a pocket or even a suction cup sometimes.
Followers, stop opening your hands!! If you are holding something that you don’t wish to drop, you wouldn’t open your hand right?.. See where I’m going with this? During the spins, turns and other connection-altering maneuvers, it makes more mechanical sense to have the Leader’s hand rotate or flip over or change position, because the Follower wont know what’s to come next and is therefore inadequate to judge the best possible hand placement. This also covers “removing fingers form the connection”. You know what I mean, right? That thing a Leader does during spins where they only use one or two fingers… I dance with so many Followers that try to do that SAME thing! They only give me one or two fingers to lead them! That’s like covering one of your ears during a conversation or closing one eye while you drive. Seriously?? Who taught you that? Stop it. I want all the fingers. Please give me all the fingers.
I have also found that there are far too few who understand how to make a good “hand connection”. No other partner dance that I have studied has more hand alterations within its exercise than Salsa. With so much maneuvering, it makes sense to operate the hand connection like a gear-set rather than a clamp (So please, everyone, release the thumbs! Set them free…!).
If both partners are concerned and understood of how the connection should operate, then it will require a tremendous amount LESS effort to maintain.
Followers look for the connections too high. First off, this makes you look like Bunny Foo Foo. I’m not saying the Bunny Hop isn’t a great dance, its just not Salsa. As any Leader worth their salt will tell you, no matter what kind of connection you have, you are always concerned with moving the Follower’s center (What does “center” mean to a dancer, you ask? That’s a different discussion all together…). The quick and dirty is; I can lead you better if your hand is lower (there is only one real solid exception to this, but we can get to that later). I’m going to paint a ridiculous image for you to illustrate my point. Imagine I want to tell you a secret; something that I only need YOU to hear. Now imagine that my mouth is on my hand, and your ears are on your hips…. Get the idea?
Lastly in the hand department; please, Followers, stop trying to fix things. Sometimes things don’t work out the way you know they should have. So…? Who cares? Let it go. When you try to “make it right”, or “correct” the situation, it takes away my ability to lead you properly. Remember, if you miss your off ramp from the freeway, don’t slam on the breaks and back up! Just take the next exit. These things happen, and when they do, let your Leader take care of it. That’s what they’re there for.
Think about it. I’m totally right.
The LAI will now be sharing our Restaurants pick of the month! We are going around California trying some of the best places to eat AND get your dancing in.
Brio’s is so much more…
To be honest, we are picky when it comes to our food. However, we had to share with you this jewel. Brio Tuscany Grill specializes in contemporary Italian Cuisine. From Pasta to lamb chops this place knows how to do it! We have tried about half the menu and have yet to be disappointed. If you enjoy seafood we suggest the Swordfish Puttanesca! For our meat lovers, hands down to the Rack of Lamb Aromatico!
What makes this place even more spectacular is that on Wednesday they have Latin Night! From 9pm-12am they bring in a DJ that plays Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha and more. Even better they offer drink specials ALL night long. $5 Margaritas and of course the surprise drink of the night of Mr. Pepe’s choice! If it’s your very first time there and mention to the waiter that the DJ said the first glass of wine is on him. You have a choice of red or white. That’s how awesome this place is. So we suggest that you come early, grab dinner and get some dancing in on Wednesday night!
Many who visit Brio for the first time find its elegant atmosphere, delectable food and excellent service a combination that’s simply second to none.