It is always breathtaking to watch professional salsa dancers perform. My favorite episodes of “So You Think You Can Dance” or “Dancing with the Stars” are those that include salsa in their choreography. As you watch the couples move gracefully on the dance floor you can’t help but wish you were them.
However, if they offered you the chance to walk (or dance) in their shoes, how long can you keep up? What does it really take to be a professional salsa dancer? Here is a glimpse of the top 5 tips on how to become a professional salsa dancer.
- Get some training
When aiming to be the best at whatever you do, it is important to learn all the skills required to make you the best among the best. This means that you should be ready to invest in training. If you could gain access to training from a professional the better your chances of excelling in your field. Therefore, set some time and money aside and enroll for salsa dance training. Even if it means starting from zero, never assume or overlook anything. Keep training for as long as necessary and always be ready to learn.
- Join salsa dance competitions
Competitions are always the best way to test your skills and challenge yourself to do more and be more. Competitions are good such that when you think that you are the best, you are presented with someone who is better than you and you can learn a skill or two from. On the other hand, if you are not feeling confident enough, they help you build your confidence and stage presence. They are also nice avenues for interaction and capacity building. Therefore, next time you see applications for salsa dance competitions don’t let that chance pass you by.
- Be ready to sacrifice
Most salsa events take place at night. This means that if you want to become a salsa dance professional, then you should be prepared to stay out late. You should also be ready for the multiple practice sessions in a week. Moreover, it is important to note that being a salsa dance professional will require you to spend some money. This is through buying salsa dance shoes, the different outfits, makeup and travelling among others. Therefore, for you to be a professional at salsa, be ready to sacrifice and do whatever it takes to get you there.
- Always work with a team
Salsa dancing is always a team effort. You cannot make it if you want to do everything by yourself. Salsa dance requires partnership and the sooner you realize this, the better for you and the faster it will be for you to excel. Most salsa competitions require group participation. It is very hard to find a solo category, and this is why you should always be ready to work with a team. Being a team player will also get you more gigs and recommendations. As a result, you will be able to build your career as a professional salsa dancer since you will be more exposed to better opportunities.
- Gain experience
Experience and professionalism always go together. Take your time to gain experience in salsa dancing. Know all the do’s and don’ts. Find yourself a mentor. The importance of a mentor cannot be emphasized enough. Having someone to look up to is a major milestone in whatever profession you are pursuing. If you are lucky enough to have a personal relationship with your mentor, you will be able to achieve much more than you could ever imagine. Also never stop learning. No matter how good you think you are there is always something new for you to learn or try out.
Being a professional salsa dancer is not a walk in the park. In fact, it can be very demanding of you especially when you are starting out and you have no one to look up to for guidance. However, if you do it right, you will be able to achieve excellence. However, it is worth mentioning the importance of good character. Salsa dancing is not just about talent, it is also about character and attitude. No matter where you go, people will always choose character and attitude over talent and bad attitude. Therefore, if you have been asking yourself over and over again what it really means to be a professional salsa dancer, now you know!