Originally Posted by mrpologuy
I couldn't dance decently if my life depended on it. I don't even have moves to get by. There is a salsa dancing place not too far away and the teacher says he can turn anyone into a decent dancer. Have I got a challenge for him!!
I'd encourage you to try. I was in much the same situation as you. I've taken some private lessons now and while I'm far from good, I'm starting to get by. In about a month I should be at a passable level that I won't feel completely shitty about ;p
It's really tough for a man that's never danced before and is probably more than a little inhibited about it. You have to learn to lead, you need to learn rhythm, timing, and all your basic steps. Finally, you need to learn how to blend it together in to a cohesive dance. And dancing in a club is way different than dancing with your instructor. You're boxed in and chances are that your partner isn't as good a follower as your instructor so she won't magically do what you want unless you provide clear signals.
It's true what they say though, a good dancer is made. I'm taking privates and I'm definitely improving. Now that I've become more comfortable dancing I'm going to switch in to group classes to meet more people, and hopefully a partner that i can practice a lot with. Practice is really the key. And download or buy some salsa music, you need to learn the beats so that you can time your steps correctly. Practice every night on your own to wire-in the movements so that you've got them down when you go out to a club. Practice blending different moves together.
How old are you btw?