Salsa Music, Emotions and Movement

Nicola Lambert, my partner, has been running TNT since my resignation in 2015. Once a month, Nicola invites new students to our apartment to listen to, think about and discuss Salsa music; we believe that all new students should be exposed to Salsa music and have Salsa music demystified as soon as possible. We do… Read more »

The Declining Middle Class of Salsa

I spend time analysing the local and global Salsa scene to identify new trends and opportunities. One observation is the increasing gap between inexperienced and experienced Salsa dancers. Watching the US presidential race Bernie Sanders repeatedly talked about the declining middle class, which I think is a great way for framing what I see in… Read more »

PSS: Building up to the Perfect Social

I have been involved in Salsa events and organisation for the past 8 years. I do not work in Salsa for money but for the excitement and the joy of bringing people together. I do not find much enjoyment in doing the same thing over and over again for too long and I am always… Read more »

The #ThinkingDancers Salsa Initiative

Over the years I have tried strange and controversial ideas in Salsa; as someone who works in Salsa, I feel it is important to take risks and try things beyond the norm. In 2017, I will be launching the #ThinkingDancers Salsa initiative in order to propagate ideas on what Salsa is and could be. In… Read more »

2016

All things considered, 2016 was a fantastic year in Salsa for me. Without the day to day management of TNT (my first full year of zero involvement), I had more time to explore, improve and grow in Salsa. Here are my highlights for the year: Congress Attended In 2016, I attended the following Salsa Congresses:… Read more »

A Dark Day for London Salsa

My blog was created to share my opinions about Salsa and to give knowledge to those newer in their Salsa journey. On Monday 24th October 2016, two promoters in London launched one of the most shocking and negative campaigns I have ever witnessed during my 12 years of dancing Salsa. This campaign was littered with… Read more »

The Falling Pound and Salsa

I have been dancing Salsa in London for 12 years now and over the past 8 years, I have been a teacher, promoter, event organiser and general Salsa educator. On Thursday 23rd June 46.5 million citizens cast their vote in the UK Referendum on whether the UK leaves or stays in the EU – this… Read more »

Opportunistic Leading

Many dancers have asked me where I find the time to think about the patterns that I lead; especially given the speed that I can lead. The answer is that I do not think about what moves I will lead next but use Opportunistic Leading. This blog describes the concept of Opportunistic Leading, why I prefer… Read more »

What, Why and When of Salsa

The world of Salsa has changed remarkably over the last decade; from the number of people that dance, to the number of teachers and more importantly the awareness of Salsa as a dance activity.  Ask your colleagues or family members about Salsa dancing and you will get an opinion. However, as Salsa has grown the teaching… Read more »

My Performance Courses

In my blogs, I am quite vocal against the proliferation of Salsa Performance Courses and the impact they have on up and coming dancers and the future of the scene. Some of my previous blogs about Performance Courses can be read here: Performance Courses – gives my perspective on the pros and cons associated with taking one… Read more »

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  • Non Verbal Cues in Salsa

    For those that read my blog regularly will know that I love finding ways to improve myself; communication skills being one of my focus areas for many years now. Anthony Robbins (who I am reading at the moment) states that “the quality of your life is influenced by the quality of your communication” and to… Read more »

  • Rejection in Salsa

    Rejection in Salsa is a topic that I have been meaning to write about for some time. But before I start this article let me give some context to non-Salsa dancers, please give me some rope here. The global Salsa scene is broadly made up of parties and classes. The majority of teachers will insist… Read more »

  • Choosing a Partner

    There was a time when I would go out to a Salsa night with the aim of dancing every song and grabbing the next available dancer (or victim). At certain venues in London this is still the case but in larger venues (or congresses) I am a bit more selective. You cannot dance with everyone… Read more »

  • Performance Courses

    Recently, I have been spending more time analysing Salsa than I have spent dancing. My interests range from music, politics and to the psychological aspects behind Salsa dancing. I would like to say that I have become more mentally involved and would like to share some of my findings with you. This article shares with… Read more »

  • Listen to the Women

    “Billy, I have four words for you: Listen to the Woman.” Sidney Dean (Wesley Snipes) says this to Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) at the end of the 1992 movie White Men Can’t Jump. I love this movie and this scene makes me smile every time. One of my major challenges over the last eight years… Read more »

  • Salsa System of Measurement

    I am forever looking to grow in every aspect of my life. From moving forward my career to improving my skills on the piano, to working on my interpersonal skills. I will set up three things to aid my growth: 1) a system, 2) a form of measurement and 3) a schedule. A lot of… Read more »