Written on 12/04/2023

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Welcome to Episode 131 of the Salsa Kings LIVE podcast

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Welcome to another episode of Salsa Kings Live. Today’s topic is a fundamental yet often overlooked aspect of dance—pause versus stop. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or a beginner, understanding this difference can transform the way you view and enjoy dance.

Key Points:

  1. The Basic Step – 123 Pause 123 Pause:
    • Every dancer is familiar with the rhythmic cadence of dance, represented by the classic 123 pause 123 pause sequence.
  2. Stopping Motion vs. Esmooth Motion:
    • Many beginners tend to exhibit a stopping motion rather than a esmooth, continuous flow.
    • This blocky movement is opposite of what Latin Dance Styles should look and feel like.
  3. Efficiency and Aesthetics of Pausing:
    • Continuous motion is more visually appealing and requires less physical energy than stopping and restarting back up.
  4. Consistency Trumps Intensity:
    • Dance is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. Consistency is key.
    • Regular, sustained practice at your own pace is more beneficial than sporadic, intense sessions that lead to burnout.
    • Don’t go to dance class two weeks in a row everyday and quit, is better if you go once a month and never quit.
  5. Synchronization with Partner and Music:
    • Dance is a partnership with your body, your partner, and the music.
    • The energy you spend on your 3 steps should be the same energy you recharge during the pause.
  6. Express Yourself at a Sustainable Level:
    • Dance is an expression, not a competition. Go at a pace you can sustain and enjoy.
    • Don’t compare yourself to others; focus on your journey and the joy of the dance.

Closing Thoughts:

In the world of dance, mastering the art of pause versus stop is a basic habit that everyone needs to implement in order to get better. Remember, the goal is not just to keep up but to dance with joy and leave the floor with a big smile, energized rather than exhausted. So, whether you’re taking your first steps or refining your technique, embrace the pause, and let the dance recharge you rather than drain you.

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