I thought I would take this chance to thank my Salsa Angels. My Salsa Angels are the ladies in the past 10 years who have played a significant role in my Salsa journey.

Speed Demons

After dancing for 4 years I got to a point where I was extremely comfortable in my ability to lead my partner. However, Jo Moys and Becky Howe allowed me to experiment with my partnerwork and gave me a more open way of leading Salsa. These ladies played a special role in breaking me away from the conventional as I explored dynamics and extreme speed.

Dancers Perspective

Tina Stamou completely changed the way I think and feel about Salsa. Prior to meeting Tina partner work was at the centre of my Salsa universe. I spent many years hoarding more and more moves. After meeting Tina, I built an appreciation of Body Mechanics, Body Movement, and Shines, and kick-started my search for expression in dance beyond the world of Salsa. I now look to other dance forms for best practices which may be incorporated into my Salsa.

Freedom

After 8 years of dancing Salsa, Chip McClure, Martina Petrosino¬†and Kim Torrence are wonderful dancers that allowed me to be free and fully express how I feel through dance. The technique is never a question when we dance… The only question is how we can play with music and they have collectively inspired me.

I have added Chris Benson to my list of Salsa Angels as she has lighted up my Salsa world with her smile and playful take on dancing.

Co-creation

Over the past 2 years, I have been looking more at co-creation. How I and my partner can paint a picture together with the music as our inspiration and the dance floor as our canvas. This has been sparked by Alexandra Ilie. I am no longer thinking about what comes next, what partnerwork fits this piece of the music, or what footwork I should do. I love it when me and my partner responding to each other and live in the moment.

There have been many others who have influenced my journey but I would like to take the time to give a massive THANK YOU…

If you have a Salsa Angel take this time to give your thanks and appreciation.

Toan Hoang

Written by Toan Hoang

Toan Hoang has been dancing Salsa for more than 10 years and was the co-founder and managing director of TNT Dance in London; A dedicated and holistic Mambo school, that thrives on innovation, and hopes to develop and inspire the next generation of instructors and performers. www.tntdance.info

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