Awkward Salsa Moments
February 19, 2014 1:05 PM Subscribe
I just started taking a beginning salsa class. I really like it except that occasionally the moves include dips that I feel very awkward executing as a pretty tall, somewhat overweight woman. Any tips on how to deal with this?
posted by thesnowyslaps to Education (16 answers total)
We switch partners throughout the class, so I end up dancing with guys who range from shorter to much shorter than me (I think there is one guy in the class who is taller). I mean, obviously with the really short guys we can just kind of laugh it off when the teacher directs the guys to dip their partners really low down or occasionally has the girl kind of fall back into the guy who is supposed to catch her, but I feel like it has created some awkward moments with some of the guys who might semi-reasonably be expected to successfully dip me. Specifically there was one dude today who when the teacher directed us to dip said really loud and kind of self-consciously "WHAT WAS THAT HE WANTED US TO DO?? OH, I JUST DIDN'T UNDERSTAND! GUESS WE MISSED OUR CHANCE!!" (Which would have been kind of maybe a normal thing to say if this had just happened once, but seriously the teacher told us to do this move like five times in a row, to the point where it just felt pretty obvious that this guy was trying to make a show of not having understood or heard the teacher in order to avoid doing the move with me.)
I mean, I guess there is not much to do except to kind of laugh it off where I can, but I was wondering if anyone else has come up with any less awkward way of dealing with this sort of situation.