I felt confident and empowered. You know, the first time I ever went out salsa dancing on my own was after your boot camp last year.
You're a great teacher! Thank you for getting back to me and for the reservation. I will be counting the days. - Jef Crider - Philly
It was amazing - you are the best teacher ever. Since the boot camp, I started dancing at the Turn. Weekly. I must say that the basis I learned from you at boot camp is so amazingly empowering and an important foundation for everything I learned since, that it is really a catapult into Salsa dancing. I have been practicing the great techniques you tought me and have already moved to the intermediate class. No way I could do that without your foundations. I am grateful, and I am sure some of the girls I dance with are too J .
What is your next event? I want to learn more from you
I enjoyed the 2 days of boot camp enormously. I think that not only are you an amazing woman and an amazing dancer – you are also an amazing teacher. You combine the knowledge with the passion and harness them together with your fun personality to create an experience that is both educating and enjoyable. Thank you David Spitz - Denver
Time:See above Arrive ~ 30 minutes prior - NO JOKE. DON'T WAIT IN LINE!!!
Food: FREE Snacks! (we will break for lunch)
Click here for: Downloadable and Printable Flyer - Pass Flyer out to your FRIENDS!! The more people we get the MORE FUN it will be!!!
Men: What to Wear: Flat Shoes or slippery-bottom sneakers that have slick soles (bottoms) to turn and spin well. Collar shirt, loose comforable pants. Dance Shoes or Slick - bottom tennis shoes - nothing that will stick to a wood floor. Shoes that slide or glide around easily.
Ladies: What to Wear: Flat Shoes or slippery-bottom sneakers that have slick soles (bottoms) to turn and spin well. Comfortable (slippery - bottom) sneakers, or dance shoes. No high heels necessary for today.
(unless you like pain after eight hours). Dance Shoes or Slick - bottom tennis shoes - nothing that will stick to a wood floor. Shoes that slide or glide around easily.Comfortable loose pants, long shorts, or dark-colored tights / shorts. Nothing white (we will be doing floor-work, and your white will become brown).
Masculine Feedback from Advanced Salseros who took the Weekend Salsa FREAK Bootcamp...
Hey Edie, Just wanted to touch base and say hi real quick - I really enjoyed helping out at the beginners' bootcamp on Saturday! ...
I also had some quick feedback. In addition the entire bootcamp program being great, I actually wanted to let you know that the high point for me is when you were talking about the masculine and feminine essence, and how they polarize. After your "lecture" on the subject, and you had the women say "I trust you, I respect you, and I honor you", I really saw them open up. After that, during the next two dances, I saw the biggest impact my masculine essence had EVER had on a woman during a dance, ESPECIALLY with newbies! It felt like once they understood to get out of my masculine way and roll with wherever I take them, they allowed themselves to fully enjoy what was taking place...and that was SUPER rewarding for me as a man!
A few points to illustrate -
I was leading moves that we hadn't even touched during class - turns with both hands (right over left), open break, rock steps, and much more complex variations of what we had already done - and they successfully went with it!
This was the real kicker for me - I dipped both of my partners while spinning them out of an open break, and they both ate it up like crazy. After bringing the first one back up from the dip, she said "Wow, that was HOT...<pause>...ohmigosh...<looks down>...I think I'm actually blushing..." After bringing the second one back up from the dip, she had a smile she couldn't wipe off of her face, and she said "That was. SO. COOL.", and I could see the asking in her eyes that she wanted me to do it again.
No exaggeration in what I'm telling you!! My personal feeling is that you should do this section EVERY time in your bootcamp, don't wait for guys to ask for it! I've been dancing for around 5 years, and I've never had this happen before. The ladies' breakthrough in this section had nothing but reward for me as well, and I'm willing to bet that I'm not the only guy who enjoyed it.
...there's one more thing I'd like to mention that I feel would be helpful if you were to append it to the original comments in my first email. In addition to the initial ego stroke that I got from making that happen, the real takeaway for me was that seeing the reaction of both ladies during that exercise gave me a deeper insight as to how much mileage my masculine essence can get when it comes to creating a shared experience like that on the dance floor.
Not every dance is going to have a spike in mutual enjoyment like that, but when it does...dear lord! My confidence definitely got its own spike that hasn't come down very much since I attended your boot camp. ;-)
Hi Edie, After attending both days of your bootcamp this previous weekend, I went out and . . .
Well, first, I loved the bootcamp. The two days one of the best dancing experiences I have ever had, but also one of the best learning experiences. You have a fantastic teaching style, and I stunned at what you taught – many things were simple, but almost all of the instructors I've had have never brought them up (such as going into closed position by flicking the woman's hand and then touching forearms before going to her back; how to ask a girl to dance, etc.).
I learned a ton on the first day, and saw an immediate improvement that night in my dances that night at La Rumba. And then I learned even more at the women's styling day (which surprised me; I expected to get something out of it, but I wasn't sure what and how much).
So I went to D Note afterward, and WOW. I've improved a lot over the past few months, but with what I learned from you, it really brought me up. I went into the D Note with more energy and confidence than I've had in a long time. About two or so hours in, I asked this woman to dance . . . I hadn't seen her dancing earlier, but she turned out to AMAZING—one of the best women I've ever danced with at a club. I was blown away, and thanks to what you taught, I was able to keep my composure, and more so, was able to give her those opportunities for her to really cut loose and reach her potential on the dance floor.
It wasn't until afterward that it hit me, but I had never seen or FELT a more clear example of it: the more I help my partner to plunge into depths of her ability, the effect will rebound and I'll in turn go deeper into my own. During the bootcamp, you described going into trance during a dance. After we finished out the song, It felt like I had a grenade detonate in my head — I was not only blown away by her dancing, but also by my own. I was so satisfied that I almost left right then and there because I didn't know what else to do. When I did leave an hour later, I was still overcome by the sensation. My face was slack the whole drive home, and I was so happy by the experience that night I was tearing up — the only time I have ever felt like that before is when I finish the first draft of a novel. Unbelievable.
I love your teaching
I also like the way you rotate the lines so everyone
has a chance to see you in action...- A.L., Paris, France
She has the ability to speak to your soul. What a pleasure to watch, and to learn from. Such keen insight, presence, wit and candor. To the point. And her sense of humor? Honest and refreshing. Impeccable timing, as in her dance. The total package. And I can tell you, for sure, that I participated in the workshop because of her. Her interpretation of that music piece was an award-winning performance, worth every penny. It made my day. - C.A. Pittsburgh, PA
She is simply fantastic and a psychologist on two agile feet too.
John, please tell her [Edie] how amazed I am at her completeness beyond dancing, I'm bringing my cousin with (Mika), who's in CTfor the confidence boost, Edie has the capacity to change lives beyond the dance itself. ..I must say, she is awesome...that's why I'm investing and making an effort to fly down to take a second bite at this... I really do want to get it right with a big smile.
- J.R. Johanesburg, South Africa
I just wanted to say thanks again for the terrific boot camp. I had high expectations for your class and can now see why people fly across the country to join your boot camps. I enjoyed everything from learning the correct hand and posture positions to learning fun things like spins and dips, which I've never done before -- ever -- in my life. I'm your classic, uncoordinated guy who was previously intimidated by salsa. I'm not afraid of it any more....
- JC, Palm Desert, California
I was very aware of what you were actually giving to your students; it was a success recipe for life skills that included Salsa!I personally really admired your teaching technique. Anyway, I wanted you to know you were a special treat for all. Thank you for coming to Alaska. I hope you don’t quit and move on to something else... - R&B Bishop, Anchorage Alaska
WOW! I am really honored to have taken this day to learn under you. You really are a pro. Great teacher. I had never danced with a man. You made the instructions clear. It was really hard work and I am sooooo sore! But what a pleasure. Felt so emotional/teary even.. after class. You taught the proper respect between men and women and that is priceless ... - AT, Denver, Colorado
You are the BEST.
I am writing you this short letter to show my appreciation for
the joy and happiness you have brought into my life as well as
my friends around me. You have been an inspiration for my dance
partner and I...- N.A. Miami, Florida
I have taken three of your classes last year and I want to take more. You do have really inspiring classes that is just not about dancing but about life! One day while I was not to busy at work, I read all of your blogs and really enjoyed the way you think and how you keep growing and especially how you help so many others. - K.Y, Colorado Springs, CO
Edie's workshops are always the most popular and year after year, sheexcels inkeeping her workshops fresh, exciting and entertaining. Students absolutely love her!...- A.L., Sydney, Australia
It was a real pleasure to experince your workshops during the first Scandinavian Salsa Congress 2006 in Gothenburg!You werevery talented, educational and funny! My girlfriend and I (and hopefully everybody else) lovedthegreat show you gave on Sunday... - P.B. Gothenburg, Sweden
I am NEVER BORED in your AWESOME classes! Most instructors bore me so much, I stopped taking workshops. Not the case with you! You always keep my attention, I just don't know how you do it!... - J.C. Ft. Lauderdale, FL
We traveled six hours for your workshopand it was well worth the trip!! My dance partner and I must say we both enjoyed the workshop very much! You are an amazing instructor. ... - J.C. Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Fate was smiling on me the day I experienced two of your workshops. I got to enjoy your wonderfully witty and wise performances. So I went along to the spins class and that too was witty and wise. (You looked absolutely regal up there on the balcony, with that dreadfully melodramatic picture of a horse behind you; did you notice? What a performance!!)... - J.H. Manchester, England
One of the Best Instructors in the world. The workshops with Edie the Salsa freak where good. I think people who visit the workshops know now why she is one of the best Salsa teachers and dancers in the world. Her explanations where crystal clear and there was really a connection with the audience is my opinion.- R.C. Dusseldorf, Germany
Over and over again and every time WITH PLEASURE!!! Workshops with Edie –
Really nice on the legs part.
Edie has shown with the Workshop not only your huge teaching talent, she can also handle really well with the people and does with humor and a lot of charm. It was to be seen very interesting like you this does so... - I.D. Frankfurt, Germany
Your workshop made me excited about Salsa more and more.
I respect you that you are a great teacher as well as a great dancer with great sense of humor.
I really liked your teaching style. I liked your ‘performance’ that telling a story of a song to show us the phrasings, paragraphs of the music. I liked very much the demonstration of how to recover from ‘fall’. Also, I liked the demonstration of how to ask other people to dance with me..- C.S. Phoenix AZ
You are AWESOME!! Hi Edie!
I heard of you, but when I finally took one of your workshops, I had NO IDEA of how well you could CAPTIVATE us while keeping ALL OF US MESMERIZED the entire time! You TRULY have a gift...- H.C. Munich, Germany
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