Hopefully this short article (and video) will persuade you to spend some time on your shines.
Beginner dancers usually shy away from learning Salsa shines (footwork) because they do not understand their practicality or value. The following video is an example of improvisational fluidity.
Why Salsa shines are good for you:
- Improve your timing – If you get lost in the middle of a turn pattern, you will be able to get back into the beat more easily.
- Improve your body movement – If you want to dance salsa like a fish swims in water, shines are a perfect way to loosen your body and look more “latin”.
- Expand your spinning abilities. – It is more difficult to spin by yourself that to have a partner spin you. If you can spin in shines, then you can spin twice as much in partner work.