Down the Docks

April 3, 2006

Mistakes when Dancing

Filed under: Salsa — ealing @ 1:15 am

I read a thread on Dance Forums about how often people make mistakes when dancing, and it gave me pause to consider. The short answer, of course, is all the time, in practically every dance.The long answer though, is 'get over it'.

That might sound a bit tough, but it's not really. Everyone makes mistakes. I've been lucky enough to dance with some of the world's best, and I dance with some of London's best every week. They all make mistakes. Everyone expects it, and no-one is going to hold it against you if get in the wrong place, screw up your timing, or don't follow perfectly.

Apart from being injured, the only thing people really mind is stopping the dance. So don't stop. Whatever you've done or your partner has done, keep moving with the music and don't worry about it.



  1. Uh, your short answer is longer than your long answer…?

    Comment by sweavo — April 4, 2006 @ 5:14 pm

  2. … but well said!

    Comment by sweavo — April 4, 2006 @ 5:18 pm

  3. Unless you are competing who even bothers to be watching others, isn’t dancing about having fun. God forbid if someone was watching me. My kids say I look like I’m a cheerleader when I dance, in the living room of course.

    Comment by Mimi — April 6, 2006 @ 1:35 pm

  4. Dancing should be about having fun, I agree. In my experience, though, most people do watch others, at least for a part of the night. Not many people can dance every song, after all. I’ll defend watching other people because I think you can learn by doing it.

    What I came to realise is that most people watch the best dancers, not the worst. Unless you’re one of the best dancers in the room, most spectators will ignore you, because they’re paying attention to someone who looks better.

    Comment by ealing — April 6, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

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