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What Do You Do When You Can’t Connect With Your Someone?

What Do You Do When You Can’t Connect With Your Someone?

Connection It's that one thing that everyone says is super important and yet it seems to evade most of us, not only in dance, but in life as well. What is connection? To me, it's the result of an agreement between two people to: be respectful to each other be...

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...

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...

17 Important Tips for Salsa Spins

17 Important Tips for Salsa Spins

Question: I was working on the drill you teach for spins that focuses on 1/4 turns, 1/2 turns, 3/4 turns, and then full turns. I seem to do okay with the 1/4 turns, but the 1/2 turns and above have me desperately seeking more balance. I cannot seem to find where...

Magna Gopal is a Mindset, Movement & Communications Coach. Using the richness of her experience as a leader in the international Salsa dance industry, she provides unique insights and a deeper understanding into our sense of self, our thoughts, our relationships with others, and how we communicate.

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