I’ve been taking salsa lessons since June in an effort to get myself out of the house and meet some new people. It all started with a deal from amazon local, along with cheap swing dancing tickets from the Boston phoenix. I went swing dancing once in an old factory showroom with no air conditioning on a 95 degree Friday evening and decided I never wanted to go to that building again. Maybe in the winter?
Salsa was a whole new story. It was hot there at first also but they got air conditioning pretty quickly. I enjoy the instructors a lot, they’re very helpful and fun. There’s definitely a difference between them. The instructors are Lili, Roberto, and Stefanie. When I dance with Lili she tells me to relax and have fun, and Stefanie just yells the count at me to make sure I don’t miss a beat. My training as a trombone player in band class has finally paid off and helps me keep the beat, and also get back on track when I miss one.
Over the summer I’ve progressed from beginner to advanced beginner, and am now in training group level 1. Every Monday after class there’s a social dance where we get to dance with people from all levels as well as those from the community who want to come dance for free (as far as I know, the only place where you can dance salsa for free). That’s a great opportunity for us to practice the combinations we just learned as well as others, and to get to know each other more as well.
I was going dancing every Friday night over the summer as well, even took my mom when she came to visit. I didn’t know as much then and it was harder to help her learn then but I’ve promised her more lessons over Christmas. I had to cut down on the number of times I was dancing due to developing a bit of tendonitis, and I also bought some new balance shoes with thicker soles that my feet can bend as much, which I’m happy to say have helped a lot. I have another class Wednesday night and am going dancing again on Friday.
Thursday night, I have my 2nd bachata class!
And now, I’ll leave you with a video of me and my partner dancing. This was taken a couple months ago now, so just imagine I’m even better now
Just make sure to turn the volume down low on your device, this video was recorded near the speakers and it’ll be very loud.