Salsa Moves
Toronto Dance Salsa Blog
by Aleksander Saiyan
8M ago
Salsa Moves There are so many beautiful Salsa moves. But the best part is that they are all variations on the foundations that every beginner learns. So here are breakdowns of three basic moves that will help you in all levels of Salsa.   The Right Turn After the basic steps, the move you will use the most is the right turn. For leaders, tap forward with your left foot on count one. About 90% of your weight should remain on the right foot. Twist your torso as far to the right as possible on count two. Both feet should still be on the ground. On count three, suck your ankles together and f ..read more
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Improve Your Salsa Turns
Toronto Dance Salsa Blog
by Aleksander Saiyan
8M ago
Improve Your Salsa Turns The move followers and leaders do the most are right turns. Although it is a basic move, the better you execute right turns, the more confident you’ll feel. So here are three simple things you can do to improve your Salsa turns.  Turn with Your Core I was confused by this advice when I started dancing. More simply, it means to turn with your belly button. So your torso is twisting and leading the turn. To practice the twist, tap forward with your left and then use your belly button to twist your torso to the right as you look over your right shoulder. Keep twistin ..read more
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The Great Plate Escape
Toronto Dance Salsa Blog
by Aleksander Saiyan
8M ago
The Great Plate Escape: How Vitamin C (Connection) Turned My World Right Side Up Life, my friends, is a rollercoaster. Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down, and sometimes you’re hanging upside down, wondering how the heck you got there. Let me whisk you away on a wild ride of my own, where the loops were many, the drops were steep, and a plate became my unlikely savior. Growing up, my mom was the North Star in my universe. “Just focus on school, kiddo,” she’d say, her eyes twinkling with dreams of my bright future. “Get into York University, and the world’s your oyster!” With her sacrifi ..read more
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Find Bachata Classes that are Right for You
Toronto Dance Salsa Blog
by Aleksander Saiyan
8M ago
Find Bachata Classes that are Right for You Where should you take Bachata classes? There are so many things to consider and so many options. So whether it’s with our school or other schools, I want to ensure you have a great time. Here are some tips to help you find Bachata classes that are right for you. Look for a FRIENDLY environment Taking your first dance class can be intimidating. Pick a school with a welcoming and friendly environment. You want a school and instructors who will build your confidence. I give my students high fives, hugs, and positive energy to help them overcome their ne ..read more
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Big Decisions, Bigger Heartbeats: A Dance with Destiny
Toronto Dance Salsa Blog
by Aleksander Saiyan
8M ago
Big Decisions, Bigger Heartbeats: A Dance with Destiny Ah, the age-old conundrum: to follow the heart or the head? It’s like choosing between a chocolate lava cake and a sensible salad. Both have their merits, but one is undeniably more exciting. Flashback to a pivotal moment in my life. Picture this: I was on the brink of making a massive career shift. From the bustling world of sales, where I was raking in a cool $56,000 a year (a significant jump from my $22,000 security guard days), to the rhythmic beats of a dance school. Now, I wasn’t just grooving to the music in my living room; I was c ..read more
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Enhance Your Health With Salsa Dancing
Toronto Dance Salsa Blog
by Aleksander Saiyan
8M ago
Enhance Your Health With Salsa Dancing Recent research has shown the profound positive impact that Salsa classes and Salsa dancing have on overall health. Beyond the evident physical advantages of keeping you active, Salsa also has a remarkable influence on mental health. Here are three ways to enhance your well-being with Salsa dancing.  Community Salsa classes give you a sense of connection and community. Salsa helped me feel less alone in the world. I joined Salsa dance classes to feel confident, but I stayed for the community, the connection, the friends and the relationships. One of ..read more
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Elevator Games and the Labels We Wear (or Don’t)
Toronto Dance Salsa Blog
by Aleksander Saiyan
9M ago
Elevator Games and the Labels We Wear (or Don’t) Let me spill the beans on a quirky little game I play in elevators and how it led me to challenge a label I didn’t even know I wore. Spoiler alert: It involves a fist bump, a teenager, and a whole lot of overthinking! So, flashback to a year ago. Picture me, the life-of-the-party dance school owner, sitting in a psychiatrist’s office. Why? ADHD stuff. But then, out of the blue, he drops this bombshell: “You might have social anxiety.” Say what now? Me? The guy who can salsa his way through any crowd? It felt like being told I’m a cat when I’ve b ..read more
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The Love We Often Miss: Understanding Love Languages
Toronto Dance Salsa Blog
by Aleksander Saiyan
9M ago
The Love We Often Miss: Understanding Love Languages Ah, family! The ones who’ve seen us at our best, our worst, and every awkward phase in between. Speaking of family, let me tell you about my big bro. He’s nine years my senior and has always been my knight in shining armor. From shielding me from bullies to teaching me the coolest tricks, he’s been my go-to guy. But, as time went on, I felt like we were drifting apart. Or maybe, just maybe, we never truly understood each other. Recently, I made it a mission to reconnect. Every phone call, no matter how trivial or heated, ended with me saying ..read more
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The Unexpected Zippo Saga: A Journey from Temptation to Triumph
Toronto Dance Salsa Blog
by Aleksander Saiyan
9M ago
The Unexpected Zippo Saga: A Journey from Temptation to Triumph In the vast realm of life’s challenges, who would’ve thought a Zippo lighter could teach such a profound lesson? Dive into this tale of late-night shopping, old habits, and the undeniable power of setting an example. It’s a story that underscores the importance of our actions, especially when we think no one’s watching. The Smoke-Free Milestone For five glorious years, I had successfully dodged the smoky bullet. Cigarettes? They were a thing of the past. I had transitioned from “I’m trying to quit” to “Aleks doesn’t smoke.” It was ..read more
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Dancing with Fear: My Oops Moment with Les Brown
Toronto Dance Salsa Blog
by Aleksander Saiyan
10M ago
Dancing with Fear: My Oops Moment with Les Brown  “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” – Les Brown Imagine being at a star-studded event, surrounded by the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson flexing his muscles and Kevin Hart cracking up the room with his infectious laughter. Now, imagine being handed the golden mic to ask a question in this dazzling setting. Dreamy, right? Well, for me, it was more of a delightful misadventure sprinkled with a bit of comic relief. It all began at a virtual conference, buzzing with over 3,000 eager attendees. The main attraction? None othe ..read more
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