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Dance Cruise!  Alert!

As we gear up to depart on our 7 Day Caribbean Dance Cruise out of New Orleans, we've announced our super-duper high end world dance vacationer cruise (and it's a doozy).  Before we get to it, our straight up Salsa Cruise to the Caribbean departs next month, and you can still get on board. I think we have only two or three cabins left though, so better act fast. Now, on to the big cruise, leaving October 1st, though the 12th, 2012…

Twelve (count em' 12) whole days at sea, leaving out of Venice (no, not Venice beach, think bigger). This is the dance cruise you've been dreaming of, and it's going to be crazy (would it be anything else?). The cruise features both salsa and swing dancing (so no, it's not just a "salsa" cruise), and you can expect a fair amount of the ballroom dances to be represented and sprinkled in their for good measure.

This cruise features all the great activities and amenities of a Grand Mediterranean Dance Cruise – Plus the fun and excitement of a West Coast Swing & Salsa event at sea. Those booking with SalsaCrazy (and our cruise producing partners, DanceFun) will enjoy many hours of dancing throughout the cruise and workshops on our days at sea with great professionals. All Dances & Workshops are “Private Parties” only for our group.

Cabin Prices include all Dances, Workshops, and Group Activities on board
Inside $1699.00 / Ocean View $1999.00 / Balcony $2489.00

Prices are per person based on double occupancy
*Prices include Non-commissionable fare of $300.00 (port tax)
Government Taxes of $163.19 are additional / Airfare additional

NCL is offering Huge discounts !
Get Ocean View for Interior Price OR Get Balcony for Ocean View Price AND a $400 Coupon Book – through Feb 2nd
Latitude Members get $250.00 on board credit – They can expire any second (or they may still be active).

Check the website for all the details and to book,

http://www.SalsaCruiseCrazy.com

But, let's take a look at these amazing ports of call, and see how this trip really lays out on a day to day basis.

Departure, Day 1 – Venice, Italy -> Overnight
Day 2 – Venice, Italy
Day 3 – At Sea
Day 4 – Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Day 5 – Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey
Day 6 – Istanbul, Turkey
Day 7 – Mykonos, Greece
Day 8 – At Sea
Day 9 – Naples, Italy
Day 10 – Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Italy
Day 11 -Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy
Day 12 -Provence (Toulon), France
Day 13 -Barcelona, Spain

Days of Workshops and Classes and Exotic (European) Ports of Call
Nights of Dancing, Stars, and The Mediterranean …
And lets not forget the eating. ;)

Features of the Ship
Norwegian Spirit is all about traveling in style. Cruise to the Grand Mediterranean in 2012. While at sea, check out the Tivoli Pool, four outdoor hot tubs, two Aquaswim water “treadmills” and, for the kids, Buccaneer’s Wet & Wild. And that’s just the beginning – you can also enjoy the 14 dining options, 10 bars and lounges, Maharajah’s Casino and the Roman Spa & Fitness Center.

We hope you can join us onboard. This one's a doozy of a trip! :)

Keep Dancing and Keep it Crazy.

Check the website for all the details and to book,

http://www.SalsaCruiseCrazy.com

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SalsaCrazy Presents their Complete Salsa Dance Mastery System. From absolute beginners (having never danced a step in their lives), to solid Intermediate Social Salsa Dancers, this system will take you step by step through the entire learning process. This 5 DVD package take you effortlessly from your very first steps as an absolute beginning dancer all the way through to a high level of salsa dance mastery. Be able to dance with anyone, anywhere, anytime.

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We all have to take dance classes, that's how we get started with just about every dance.  In fact, just recently, I had to start yet again, as a beginner, in swing dancing. Yes, having mastered one dance certainly helped to learn another, but no, it was not easy, and no, it was not fun to start out again as a beginner.

There's a certain frustration that evolves when you want to be able to express yourself in a dance, envisioning yourself being able to do it, and then not being able to because you simply can't complete the moves, or keep the timing, or conquer the ebb and flow of the dance steps.  So, as I struggled through learning the new dance, I went back to the basics, to focus on the three tips to dance class mastery.

Apart from the basics – smile, be happy, pay attention, etc … there are three things I'm doing that are going to make all the difference. You expect me to talk about dance videos, and yes, they are important, but they're really the means, rather than the end, much like finding a dance partner. The end is … practice and repetition! You want to improve, and be the star? Practice! Even 20 minutes, with a partner, and perhaps a dance video, and you will soar to the head of the class.  I can't stress this enough. It's the bread of learning, and here comes the butter.

Which brings me to point #2. If you're goal is to social dance, then you have to practice social dancing! It's not enough to steal away with your dance partner, watch videos, and practice moves in a studio. You have to get out there and fumble around, and that is tough when you're a beginner. Comfort yourself in the knowledge that you will someday master the dance – and be the person people line up to dance with. You'll need that comfort in your mind, because right now, you likely suck. :)

So, as you practice with your dance videos, search out willing dance partners. and struggle to survive more than five minutes of social dancing, remember rule number three. Take it to heart, and go easy on yourself. Enjoy the process. Everyone goes through it. No one is born knowing all the moves. While it's true, some have natural skills, regardless of your innate skill, you will master the dance. But is that really the end goal? Is that the end game?

I look back on my learning process, before I became "SalsaCrazy", and before I took it all so "seriously", and I realize the learning process, and being a beginner, and working through the basics, were some of the best times I've ever had out dancing (and in life). They were exciting, they were crazy, and they're cherished. Tip #3 – stay positive, and enjoy the process – every second of it.  Learn to dance, it will change your life.

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VIS 2012 – The Vancouver International Salsa Festival

It's almost here, and SalsaCrazy is going to salsa dance! This festival has me pretty excited. After years of attending every salsa congress and salsa festival in the world it takes a lot to get me excited.  There's only a few festivals around the world that I haven't been to, that are consistently talked about and rated highly by attendees … and Vancouver, now in it's fourth year, is one of them.

This looks to be a stellar event, with full passes having been sold out for months. Check out the Salsa Festival Website because yes, there's still ways to get passes (especially to the night time events). This festival has been getting rave reviews from everyone I talk to as the model for organization, class, and of course, fun!  Their marketing materials are awesome, funny, and really get you pumped to attend.

And my standards are absurdly high. It's not enough to have a great lineup of dancers, endless dance floors, or great performances, or even  great organization. I'm looking for beautiful and fun cities, amazing hotels, top notch music, and a focus and understand of social dance. That's what makes a festival for me.  It's a mixture of everything combined … (plus a great bar).

So after 4 years, it looks like I'm actually going to be able to go to the Vancouver Salsa Festival. My tickets are booked, my hotel is reserved, and I'm ready to travel, explore, and have an amazing vacation (I am not teaching or performing). That being said, you're always welcome to buy me a drink. ;)

Keep Dancing, and Keep it Crazy!

SC (SalsaCrazy)

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