AmbiDancetrous: Dancing Beyond The Box
For years I was only an On1 Salsa dancer. When I first became addicted to Salsa and all dances of Latin/Afro-Latin origin I had no clue there were so many different ways to interpret the music. The first time a guy asked me to dance On2 I had no idea what he was talking about. I had no idea I was dancing On1! I avoided learning On2 for as long as possible and was very lucky to not live anyplace where On2 was the ONLY way to dance Salsa.
Then I traveled to Colorado to receive training with Edie "The Salsa Freak". She has developed this amazing system for teaching Salsa and other dances based on the martial arts belt system for progressing from one level to the next. Imagine my horror when I found out that I not only would be learning to follow On2 but also how to LEAD! In less than 10 days I learned to teach, lead and follow On2. To say it was challenging would be an understatement. In order to overcome my feelings of failure, discomfort, fear, feeling small I got to accept that this is what so many of us feel when we are learning something new. Especially when it is something