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Some Advanced Salsa Moves

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You look like a passionate salsa dancer! It seems like you have been practicing those basic Salsa moves for a while with that hot partner of yours. Salsa is a great dance to have in your life. It enriches it and glorifies your life. You know the basic backward and forward steps, why leave it there? You are now in need for an introductory class for some advanced salsa steps. Salsa is a cheeky dance with a lot of intricate footwork and eye-catching twists and turns that would burn your fat, build your body muscles and get you a great body.

There are many exotic salsa moves, here are examples of some. Side-way basic, also known as the drop side is a move where you turn right and left, while doing the typical front and back move. Another salsa move is the Cuban open step. This move is simply moving diagonally to the left and diagonally to the right. Then you make a cross step sideways by crossing your right leg over your left leg.

A third example of an exotic salsa move is the spot turn. This move can be performed by two dancers; they do a full turn without moving from their spot. Extension is also a basic salsa move; this is when both partners break away from each other in different directions, creating arm tension.  Cross body is when you switch positions with your partner in a counter clockwise form. Reverse cross body, however, is the opposite. You switch positions with your partner in a clockwise fashion.

The above are only a sample of the many steps you will learn as you progress in salsa. As anything, it is always better to practice these moves rather than simply read about them. A good way to start is to download a good salsa video for the best dancers, such as Louis van Amstel, and then follow the steps of the instructor closely. You will find your salsa moves improving significantly, and the next time you go to a salsa class, you will have something to add.

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Diving is Too Expensive

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This is a big one. First, remember what you’re getting for your money besides just the dive: A day on the water. A day in the sun. A picnic. A chance to hang out with old friends and make new ones. Maybe one of those once-in-a-lifetime underwater experiences. The opportunity to watch members of the opposite sex struggle in and out of wetsuits.

Piggyback diving. A way to stretch both time and money is to piggyback dive trips on to business or family trips ­the travel is already paid for. How many times have you seen business people traveling with golf clubs or tennis rackets? Why not a mask and regulator?

Make your stay less expensive. Check to see if there are accommodations with cooking facilities, such as a condo or an efficiency. Buying a few groceries local and having one or two meals a day “at home” will save a bundle.

Reason for the season? High season is often simply a measure of how many people are on vacation from school and work or are fed up with winter and ready to go anywhere warmer. It does not mean it’s the best time to be there for diving, but it does mean higher prices and bigger crowds. Check your dive travel specialist for destinations where low season coincides with the best diving conditions.

Pay less­, carry a big club. Dive clubs are able to negotiate group rates for diving and travel. Resorts will often offer free spaces for group leaders and the savings can be split among the entire group.

Watch the world. Keep up-to-date on your destinations­. For example, the current global financial crisis is making some of the best diving in the world suddenly more affordable.

Tax actions. It’s about time the government paid for some of your diving. Expenses incurred while participating in diving activities like fish counts and reef surveys organized for non-profit corporations are tax-deductible. Your dear Uncle Sammy may be happy to pay for almost a third of these dive trips­. Just don’t tell him how much fun they are. Also, any cost to join a marine-related non-profit organization that is considered a donation is deductible.

Solution: Realize what a great bargain you’re getting; scrimp and save; be a smart dive consumer.

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