5. Brains, Brawn and Beauty
"For years Ive taken group dance classes for fun, exercise, and for the sheer joy of dancing. But theyve always been dance classes where everyone learns the same steps to a piece of music. So it was with a bit of trepidation that I signed up for partner salsa lessons with Steven. Whats it like to follow someone who leads? Would everyone else know what to do, but not me? What if I cant do it?
With the very first class, my fears were allayed. Steven is such an excellent and fun instructor. He explains what the movement should feel like, not just what the steps should be. He adjusts and corrects and tweaks without making you feel self-conscious, and his encouragement and praise makes you want to try even harder. Stevens passion for dance sweeps you up in the moment and the lesson is over before you know it. (Though you find yourself thinking about it during the week and looking forward to the next lesson.)
Ive taken dance classes from so many instructors; Steven has an amazing knowledge of technique, and, whats more, he imparts that awareness to his students. With his fun and reinforcing approach to teaching, Steven can coax the best out of us. The result: the joy of dancing comes alive in his lessons."