One of my plans in trying new things was to sign up for a Salsa & Latin Dancing class. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of this class, but from what I’d seen on Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance I knew it would probably be a little out of my comfort zone. I expected a lot of shimmying and shaking to say the least.
I figured I could handle it though, and my love for dance would get me through any moves I might find out of my element. I’m an avid swing dancer, but salsa and Latin dancing were completely new to me.
And as it turns out, for a while I actually preferred my Latin dancing class over my West Coast swing class! I really enjoyed the music and the movement, and surprisingly was better at moving my hips and getting into the rhythm than I thought.
It’s been a lot of fun learning Latin dancing, and has been a great workout as well. So far I’ve learned Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Rumba, and Cha-Cha. They’re all pretty fun, and Rumba is a nice break from all the faster dances. My swing background has actually carried over to the Latin Dancing a bit too, and funnily enough some of the more advanced people in the class are convinced I’ve done this type of dancing before! I’m just a quick learner.
At some point I am hoping to try going out to a salsa club and seeing what it’s like on the real dance floor. Should be interesting!