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Salsa competition - How to wow the judges and win

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Salsa competition - How to wow the judges and win

Post  kumar on Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:34 pm

Salsa competition - How to wow the judges and win, by Simona Boucek

How exactly does one win a Salsa competition? The answer is not as simple as most people think. You need to know how to Salsa, right? Well, not exactly. Here are a few tips that will get any couple - even the ones that don't know Salsa from square dancing - to win.

First, choosing to do a routine to a Salsa song is absolutely not necessary. You will get more attention if you use a song in a completely different genre like country or jazz . Heck, go for Classical. Pretty much, the Salsa crowd has heard just about every good Salsa song there is - you need to stand apart from all those other Salsa routines. You need to catch the crowd and judges off guard and go for something different. They won't expect it, and you will create an aura of mystery.

Second, choose your outfits wisely. You need to match your partner; There's no way around that, but, be creative. Everyone has seen the sexy little tops and flare skirts on Salsa girls - boring! Try, a butcher's apron, a utility belt and chaps. That would get their attention. For the guy, get rid of the nice black slacks and matching black T-Shirt and try a fish-net shirt, some bell-bottom pants, and an eye patch (a definite winner with the ladies).

Now, as important as the items above, you have to do some kind of dancing. It IS a Salsa contest, after all. First, ignore the required length for the routine and take your time. Go for a 10 or 15 minute choreography. After all, is that not what the crowd came for: to see you dance? So give them their money's worth. It really is OK. The judges are not expecting you to follow the rules of the contest.

Second, acrobatics, acrobatics and more acrobatics. Adding the element of danger is always a crowd pleaser and a sure win with the judges. Go for the gasps instead of the cheers. If you want to take it one step further, add an element of danger for the crowd. Use swords, fire or other objects that could potentially cause severe injury to yourself and those around you. You'll snatch up first prize for sure because the crowd and judges feel an overwhelming sense of relief that your routine is over and you didn't kill them.

Make sure to shine, and I don't mean buff up your skin so you literally glow (although that might help you) I mean "shine" as in "do intricate footwork away from your partner". Sure, Salsa is a couple's dance, but why bore the crowd with that when you can impress them with fancy footwork. And remember, repetition is the key. There's no need to be creative or even to use the music to your advantage. Just move your feet as fast as you possibly can. At first you'lll confuse the crowd, but eventually they'll come around and understand that you must be really good if they don't get it.

So in conclusion, choose a weird song, wacky outfits, and wild routine.It's not a sure thing that you'll win, but it will make the contest a lot of fun for the rest.
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Re: Salsa competition - How to wow the judges and win

Post  Guest on Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:16 pm

dude cn u jst highlite d main words or display it in point frms coz its daam borin while readin whs whol thng....

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Re: Salsa competition - How to wow the judges and win

Post  ashishsax on Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:21 pm

Kumar,
Its a very nice article... i really enjoyed reading it... esp. the para abt. using swords.. hehe.. pls post more such articles..

Aman,
Kindly be more careful with your choice of words.. you may end up discouraging the poster... i understand that you had no such intentions and only wanted to convey your suggestion..

cheers!! Very Happy
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Post  AnandMajumdar on Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:26 pm

"admin" ashishsax,

you are alive ? really ? im surprised

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Re: Salsa competition - How to wow the judges and win

Post  kumar on Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:39 pm

Thx Ashish for ur support.

Anand, Hope u liked the article

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:07 am

HEY ASHISH WELCOME BACK............

GOOD TO C U AGAIN.............

i aplozise for ma aggresive comment........

ASHISH WE REALLY MISSED YOU.........

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Post  ashishsax on Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:27 pm

hey Aman.. how r u buddy... i was just caught up with work last couple of days... missed u all..
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