We want to try and grab your attention to this article on the subject of salsa dancing and the prowlers (better known as “predators”). This article aims at providing you with information on how to identify predators. So read it well.
Prowlers (better known as “predators”), but unfortunately, other types are bent on limiting the space you can use to dance.
So, “what are predators?”, You may ask yourself.
First: they are overconfident in their skills; however, lacking even the most basic skills – timing and respect for the dance.
They pray, mostly, on women who are newcomers to the scene and don’t know/understand the basics of salsa.
For instance, where the man should place his hands, the timing of the music (in correlation to how fast you should move your feet), and whether he is a good dancer or not.
Women displaying vulnerabilities, such as naivety. They know what to look for in their prey; and take advantage, to feed their ego, “feel her up,” and achieve his ultimate triumph – sexual satisfaction later on that night.
The females, we usually see coming a mile away. They like to wear the teenie-tiny, painted on outfits, and, most of the time (but not always), leopard print or other animal style clothing.
They have their privates in public and will dance WAY TOO CLOSE to you. In either case, they take up an immense amount of space on the dance floor and have no idea of who or what is around them.
Then, there are your bystanders. These, also, come in 2 categories: Intentional and oblivious bystanders.
Intentional bystanders will invade your space to get a better look at your dancing with the hopes of “stealing” some moves or just plain enjoy your dancing, but stand way too close.
Oblivious bystanders are the people who go to a club and don’t have the sense enough to distinguish where they can stand (or walk through, with their overfull glass of liquor) and hold a conversation.
These geniuses don’t even look where their heading and can’t figure out why their expensive drink just got knocked out of their hands.
Of course, the worst are the “dancers” who seem to walk by others with no sense of “timing,” to pass SAFELY and without disrupting the people who are dancing.
Remember: the guy moves forward on the 1 and the girl on the 5! You can use that to pass behind either one without causing anger or injury.
Dance floor hogs are the people oblivious to the fact that they may be dancing in a space made for 30, but occupied by 100.
These people use giant steps, movements and patterns which use double the space required, with the leader NOT being aware of his surroundings; often disrupting (or crashing his partner into) other dancers/things.
Space invaders include but are not limited to your average beginner trying to practice the latest “move,” drunks, people with no rhythm whatsoever, other people with no rhythm whatsoever but think they can teach and attempt to do so, large groups of non-dancers (bachelorette parties), etc.
Whether you are a leader, a follower, a spectator or just out for a good time, you need to be aware of who and what is around you to avoid stepping, hitting, bumping, spilling your drink on others or disrupting dancers. Leaders this applies especially to you since this is called protecting your partner.