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Remember When Trolls Were Cute?

Remember When Trolls Were Cute?

I’m probably dating myself here, but I remember a time when trolls were just cute dolls and cartoon characters with wildly colorful spiky hair that wanted to show love to everyone. These days, they are more likely to be anonymous profiles seeking attention and...

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...

How Do You Spin in Heels?

How Do You Spin in Heels?

Question: I normally dance in heels, but I’ve been practicing the drills in flat practice shoes. I just tried to do the spins in heels and nearly fell over. Just wondering if you had any pointers on spinning in heels, since I notice that you also practice in flats (on...

When Do You Pedal During Spins?

When Do You Pedal During Spins?

Question: When you do multiple spins during social dancing, you don’t seem to pedal at all on the 2 and 4. Why is that? Answer: When I started dancing I used to pedal to keep the rhythm and give myself the push I needed to do another spin. Once you develop control...

How Do You Generate Power For Spins?

How Do You Generate Power For Spins?

Question: When you do 10 spins, how do you power yourself? How much is from the leader and how much comes from yourself? How many times do you have to pedal for 10 spins? Answer: The power for multiple spins comes from your preparation.  I'm not talking about an...

“Shoulder Punching” During Spins – Right or Wrong?

“Shoulder Punching” During Spins – Right or Wrong?

Question: I tried the technique of shoulder punching; - would you recommend this for multiple spins? I seem to punch myself out of balance with this. It’s about powering oneself through punching the left arm across when one does a right spin. And the harder you punch,...

What Is The Difference Between Solo and Partnered Spins?

What Is The Difference Between Solo and Partnered Spins?

Question: How are solo spins technically different than partnered spins? How do I practice solo spins? Answer: When spinning with a partner, the obvious difference is the hand-to-hand connection. The hand connection can be used by the follower to assist with the...

What Is The Role Of A Lead & Follow With Spins?

What Is The Role Of A Lead & Follow With Spins?

Question: This is regarding leads for spins.  Most of the time in workshops, teachers do not talk to the leaders about proper technique in spinning the women. I am forever wondering is it the follow or the lead? It’s 50/50 but am I, the follow, supposed to...

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...

How Do You Spin in Heels?

How Do You Spin in Heels?

Question: I normally dance in heels, but I’ve been practicing the drills in flat practice shoes. I just tried to do the spins in heels and nearly fell over. Just wondering if you had any pointers on spinning in heels, since I notice that you also practice in flats (on...

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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