Getting ready for a Salsa Congress?
Learn & Let Learn :)
Unsaid Dance Floor & Festival rules :)
Suggested items to pack
Save your teacher/promoter/organiser's number on your phone: (First point of contact in case something actually goes wrong: Not “Where is the toilet?”)
Valid identification (Passport, driving license)
Printout of travel tickets, venue address and event itinerary
Clear signage on bag to claim ownership (This will help not only at the airport but also in shared accommodation)
Upon arrival at the congress venue take a walk around to see what is where so that you are not frantically looking for halls or toilets when needed in a rush
One rucksack to pack daily stuff
Decide the workshops you want to attend in advance. If you are confused, ask your teacher
If you plan to do workshops then 2 change of t-shirts, a bottle of water (which can be refilled) and a little bit of snacks like biscuits etc. may help you to continue concentrate
Dance shoes of some sort for the workshops (most congresses in the world have some on sale)
Outfits for each of the night in accordance to the theme + Pool party wear(if there is one)
Carry a mobile or video recording device with enough free space that will ensure you can film each workshop you attend
At the end of each day send the video to a whatsapp group/upload to a cloud after which you can delete it from your phone memory. You may download the videos after the end of the festival upon your return. (DON'T put them up on Facebook or Youtube).
Throw in 3 to 4 hand towels to carry with yourself during the workshops etc.
Remember to check in online if you can (if you are flying)
Have lots and lots of fun..
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Salsa or Bachata or Kizomba is a SOCIAL DANCE!
Social Dance = Partners
Partners = Interdependence
If you know you NEED another person to be able to "Social Dance" then why not help each other to learn.
I have often noticed at events where people don't maintain proper lines during class and just try to always stand in the front line.
What happens here is that you kinda get the material but then you are blocking people behind you from being able to see whats happening and their learning in hampered.
If the instructor/teacher says to change lines and you cheekily don't you are just
1. Selfish and
2. Hampering the learning of a person who you 100% need to be able to Social Dance.
If you are an intermediate/advanced dancer then you should certainly lead by example and help the teacher/instructor to be able to change lines appropriately.
I have often noticed that people who stand outside the dance floor on the carpet, for some reason, don't feel the need to change lines because they are "off the dance floor". Well on or off the dance floor you should change lines and encourage a balanced learning through all participants. If there are people behind you then you must change and if you notice that there are too many people on the dance floor and you find the carpet to be good enough, then encourage people to use that space too.
Its very easy to play the blame game and say "no one changes" but then you are part of the "no one". If you individually decide to change then "everyone" changes and that way you will ensure that everyone learns, everyone respects each other. There will be more communal harmony and positivity amongst participants.
Plus never forget that everyone has paid for them to learn and to be there :)
There maybe some points that I have missed but the point is simple:
Learn and Let Learn so that you can have a better experience on the Social Dance Floor :)
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- Shut up when the teacher is speaking. No need to have internal discussions or greetings Example: "Whats up", "How's it going?, "Had a good Night?" etc etc. Completely unnecessary and very distracting to the teacher and participants
- Mobile phones should only be used outside the hall and not anywhere inside. Irrespective of your ability to whisper or "answer it quickly"
- Adhere to time. Be on time for classes, parties & shows. If things start late then ask the organizer
- Remember your personal hygiene: Change of t-shirt, mouth fresher, deodorant, hand towel to name a few
- Always ask someone to dance instead of assuming they wanna dance with you and drag them onto the floor
- Don't TEACH on the dance floor because even if u know what you are doing, its impossible to teach a concept/move during a busy Party. People who do this I don't think are teachers or even close to being one either
- Listen carefully to corrections someone is getting, it will help you too
- Always remember that ONCE you were a beginner too and if you dance with someone and make them feel like shite you still are a beginner. Pace your dances and make sure your partner is smiling. Having fun is more important that exhibiting complicated dance moves
- PATIENCE! Things can go wrong! You too may have to wait! You will be attended! But it just may not be when you want.
Above are a few points that have occurred to me, will add more or happy for u to send in your thoughts and will add giving appropriate credit.