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Is That The Correct Label?

Is That The Correct Label?

If you saw a bottle with the label poison and another with the label water, which would you drink? The answer should be obvious (I hope). Drink the water. ūüôĄ Labels play an important role in directing our actions, not just with what we consume, but with everything we...

Do You Always Say Thank You?

Do You Always Say Thank You?

Do you put the same effort at the end of your dance as you do during the dance itself? The same question could be asked of the time you spend with people off the dance floor. Forgetting about the connection When it comes to dancing, sure, not all dances or...

Make Your Own Magnet Wall

Make Your Own Magnet Wall

When you take a trip to a new place, do you ever collect souvenirs? I collect magnets! No, not because they rhyme with my name.  Though, on that note, I am gonna go ahead and call my collection Magna's Magnets! Magnets Are The Perfect Souvenir I travel quite...

My Favorite Habit Tracking App

My Favorite Habit Tracking App

"Let's do 100 push-ups every day for a month." A lot of people I know have committed to new habits for the new year, like fitness challenges. I'm sure you've had someone say: "Let's do 100 push-ups every day for a month." Or the crazier version proposed my insanely...

Should You Take Private Salsa Lessons?

Should You Take Private Salsa Lessons?

Question:I'm thinking of starting private classes but I'm not sure with whom.  Is it better to choose a male or female instructor considering I'm a female dancer? I also discovered that you learned by social dancing. When I go out social dancing, I feel like I forgot...

How To Learn Efficiently

How To Learn Efficiently

Question: I have been to a couple of salsa events and people mentioned that I have the potential to dance salsa. The thing is I don't know where to start and I am very picky about who I want to take my lessons with. Not to mention, they can be a little bit...

How To Improve Your Balance

How To Improve Your Balance

Question: I wanted to ask you, what can I do about improving my balance? Sometimes, I am slightly distracted and I don't know if that also affects my balance. Answer: Balance has a lot to do with focus.  If you find yourself distracted then...

How To Be Creative When Styling

How To Be Creative When Styling

Question: I am a teacher of salsa in Derby (UK) which I absolutely love but sometimes have difficulty being creative with my styling.  My dance partner also tells me that I spin very well, but I cannot help feeling I could be better.  I  feel that there is a lot more...

How To Be More Grounded When You Dance

How To Be More Grounded When You Dance

Question: I notice when watching you social dance that you have great fluidity, but also sharpness. You look relaxed, yet precise. When you follow complex patterns and change directions etc, it is very definite, but also smooth and seems to be just the right energy,...

Musicality and Creativity in Dance

Musicality and Creativity in Dance

Question: I feel stuck in my dancing with 123 567. I can tell that when you dance you're breaking up the music in different ways, especially with footwork - even when you're following turn patterns. How can a follower start to be creative this way and still keep up...

Why A Bad Lead Stays A Bad Lead

Why A Bad Lead Stays A Bad Lead

Have you ever had a dance where everything was lead off time? How about a dance where the lead was so rough that you were certain you'd lose an arm? Have you ever danced with someone who never made eye contact, never smiled, or worse, looked at everyone else but you?...

Are You Really Asking?

Are You Really Asking?

When you ask, are you really asking? Or are you expecting a certain answer? Masked Demands I've observed that too often, especially on the dance floor, when people ask for something like a dance, they're not asking so you can reply with a "yes" or a "no." They are...

Questions & Answers On Rejection

Questions & Answers On Rejection

Learning When & How to Say No A little background on the questions and answers below. The above Mpowered video on rejection received the following comment which was a long list of questions. Given the length of the video, it's impossible to think of answers to all...

Do You Always Say Thank You?

Do You Always Say Thank You?

Do you put the same effort at the end of your dance as you do during the dance itself? The same question could be asked of the time you spend with people off the dance floor. Forgetting about the connection When it comes to dancing, sure, not all dances or...

Make Your Own Magnet Wall

Make Your Own Magnet Wall

When you take a trip to a new place, do you ever collect souvenirs? I collect magnets! No, not because they rhyme with my name.  Though, on that note, I am gonna go ahead and call my collection Magna's Magnets! Magnets Are The Perfect Souvenir I travel quite...

My Favorite Habit Tracking App

My Favorite Habit Tracking App

"Let's do 100 push-ups every day for a month." A lot of people I know have committed to new habits for the new year, like fitness challenges. I'm sure you've had someone say: "Let's do 100 push-ups every day for a month." Or the crazier version proposed my insanely...

Should You Take Private Salsa Lessons?

Should You Take Private Salsa Lessons?

Question:I'm thinking of starting private classes but I'm not sure with whom.  Is it better to choose a male or female instructor considering I'm a female dancer? I also discovered that you learned by social dancing. When I go out social dancing, I feel like I forgot...

Magna Gopal is an Mpowerment Coach focused on improving your Mindset, Movement & Communications. Using the richness of her experience as a leader in the international Salsa dance industry, she provides unique insights to help understand and improve the way we think, move, connect and communicate with others.

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