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“The Salsa Lesson”
Elena Kulikova and Albert Sheppard practice for a Beginner Salsa Exam

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“The Salsa Lesson”
Elena Kulikova and Albert Sheppard







“We pass by potentially great friends, compatible business, cultural, and political exchange partners, and possible perfect mates everyday and FATE NEVER causes us to meet them, in a safe environment for a long enough time to discover that we like each other. We are programmed by Hollywood films and music and media stars to reject anyone who does not immediately meet our usually misguided standards. Perhaps that is a fact of life and may even be a instinctual human trait, but we know it fails to recognize a more developed and current human state. I personally have tried the pen-pal, friends, social networking, dating, matching, and marriage sites for many years with some temporary success, but they did NOT meet my most important expectations, needs, wants, desires, and goals. Their concept is good, but misdirected. It is hard enough to deal with the random odds, the random chance, the fickle fate, and the chaos in the real world; so why extend it into the virtual world. My future websites take into account these social networking and dating/match-making site short-comings, their trial-and-error approach, their best intentions, their best concepts, and their best practices and adds a structure to give nature an intelligent helping hand.

I have NO doubt that each of us can do some small or BIG things to stop violence; raise better children; stop violence against women; stop drugs and alcohol abuse; ostracize the ignorant conservative politicians and their controllers, who want to take the world backwards in the misused name of traditional values; raise your voice, your pen, your blog, and your web site to stomp out racists and religious bigots -- do NOT be silent (your silence implies consent); stop global threats and human suppression by countries of their own people and their threats to other nations and territories; remove the causes of terrorism; help capture or kill terrorists and dangerous criminals; create global friendships with appreciation for global cultures find ways to communicate effectively with people, who speak other languages; give aid and care for others in disasters; get rid of world poverty, disease, starvation, illiteracy and ignorance, rape, child abuse, pedophilia, and the rampant abuse of our globe and the protective atmosphere. Help immigrants, seeking a better life and trying to support their families, to do so. Make a legal path for illegal immigrants seeking to do the work that you and I reject, etc. Do not accept the globe the way it is. We can make it better. Just do something! Even a small thing. Any action you take, no matter how small, will set off ripple effects that will reverberate around the world. Courage is not the absence of fear, but overcoming your fears.

Albert V. Sheppard


Video The Salsa Lesson Elena Kulikova and Albert Sheppard practice for a Salsa Exam -- In the spring of 2010 Elena Kulikova and Albert Sheppard met in a beginner's Salsa class at Skyline College and partnered for the final dance exam. This video shows a private Salsa dance practice session at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts -- a private dance studio in San Francisco... to practice for the dance exam on the following day at the college. The instructor didn't know that Albert was also a Salsa dance instructor and had been teaching 9 Latin dances for years. Albert was just in the class for fun. So, Elena had an advantage for the final dance exam. Albert choreographed a three minute dance routine for them to dance for their final dance exam that contained six simple basic dance maneuvers and two "shine" steps that were REQUIRED by the teacher: Cross body lead Hammerlock Basic step Followers under-arm turn Followers outside under-arm turn and Leader's inside turn with leader's hand behind the back variation. The Suzy Q Flare Albert added improvised styling and one advanced maneuver to impress the class and the teacher: A Follower's inside turn with Leader's 180 degree turn, with a stop and hair brush and follower's cross-body lead with with an inside turn. It's simple, if the follow follows the lead, but as you will see from this video, for a beginner it took over an hour and a half to perfect a three minute routine. Elena, however, achieved FAR MORE than most beginners ever could in so short a time; and she dances with elegance, grace, and hot Latin movement. Thank god, at a real dance, you can dance free and not a practiced routine, but to be an excellent dancer, the woman must learn to follow the lead. Unfortunately most men have a weak or poor lead and lack confidence in their Latin dance skills. an Albert V Sheppard website . ... matrimonio... kjærlighet... kärlek, förtjusning, любовь... passion... die Hochzeit; Hochzeits-… mariage die Hochzeit; Hochzeits-… γάμος, γαμήλια τελετή házasságkötés, (polgári) esküvő gifting, hjónavígsla perkawinan matrimonio مَراسيم الزَّواج 婚礼 婚禮 svatba; svatební bryllup; bryllups- huwelijk pulmad häät, hää- mariage die Hochzeit; Hochzeits-… γάμος, γαμήλια τελετή házasságkötés, (polgári) esküvő gifting, hjónavígsla perkawinan matrimonio 結婚式 결혼 laulība vestuvės, vedybos bryllup, vielse małżeństwo, ślub casamento că¬să¬torie свадьба svadba; svadobný poroka boda giftermål, bröllop evlenme, nikâh (töreni)