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Please help – She expects us to dip.

Please help – She expects us to dip.

by Kathy

(Michigan)

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In my high school Spanish class we are learning to salsa and the teacher paired us up with people who she thought fit, and now I am stuck with this guy who I don’t trust and she expects us to dip.

How can I make myself more comfortable with it, and how is the moves decided? She did not give us much direction other than quick, quick, slow.

Comments for Please help – She expects us to dip.

Feb 12, 2009 Fantastic
by: Salsa Dancing Addict Fantastic! Great to hear everything worked out! Perhaps we’ll see you on the dance floor one day.

Feb 11, 2009 The result
by: kathy In the end everything worked out OK my group was the best! We made it through the whole thing I learned a new dance even if it was with someone I don’t like it was fun and a great experience! Thanks!:)

Feb 06, 2009 Hope
by: kathy Thank you again for all of your help and yes I do think that she is just too enthusiastic, and all of us students are trying to be very careful to not hurt each other. We are doing the dip, splits, wrap and spins so we are trying very hard not to hurt each other and having fun with it too. We perform it on Tuesday and i will definetly tell you how it went. Thanks.

Feb 05, 2009 Hope you don’t fall
by: Salsa Dancing Addict Ahh. Ok. Perhaps your teacher is just over enthusiatic.

Hopefully no one gets hurt. Let us know how you make out.


Feb 05, 2009 More details
by: kathy I would like to thank you for your help and yea we should probably be learning Spanish but we are almost to the end of the book and have until may for school so we have to do something. The kind of dip we are doing is where I have to trust that the guy is not gunna drop me because it is basically a supported back bend. Thank you for your help and maybe I can talk some sense into my teacher.

Feb 04, 2009 Trust Issues
by: Salsa Dancing Addict I wish we had learned how to dance Salsa in Spanish class. Shouldn’t you be studying Spanish?

Anyway, sounds like you have trust issues with the guy, but maybe its for good reason.

I am not sure what kind of dip you are doing, but I’m going to assume it is a simple dip. With a simple dip, did you realize that you can do the dip on your own? You do not really have to depend on your partner to keep yourself from falling flat on the ground.

There is another move called a drop when the guy has almost all of you to support. I can’t imagine you doing that in Spanish class.

Try dipping yourself. Stand just like you are about to go into a dip with one foot slightly ahead of the other and bend backwards. You should be able to support yourself. Depending on your balance and flexibility, you should be able to bend pretty far.

When you are dancing with the guy, you can further support yourself by placing your hip against the guy while you are bending backwards. You can also use one arm to hold yourself up by holding on to the guy’s waist or back.

Do NOT ever, repeat, do NOT put throw your whole weight into the dip where the guy has to totally support your weight. You may make him tip over and drop you.

The guy should not bend forward toward the girl when dipping her. He should actually lean opposite diretion of the dip so he can use his weight and leverage to keep you up.

The moves are decided by the guy leading. Your job is just to follow. If the guy doesn’t lead your properly, then you are pretty much on your own.

Although, it doesn’t help the guy if you just do the moves without him leading you. You shouldn’t really do the move unless you are led into it.. But since its Spanish class, it may be ok.

Hope this helps a little.


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