I decided to start attending Beginner Salsa lessons back in November. Due to the holidays and vacations, I wasn’t able to attend more than one class in December, but I’m happy that I’ve been able to attend every Wednesday this month.
The classes are medium sized, between 12-18 students, and there’s usually two instructors leading the class. The gender ratio is mostly even, however the last couple of times there’s been more guys than girls. It is diverse in both ethnicity and age, I’m guessing ages range between 20-55.
What makes it fun is that most of us are at the same level, and wanting to learn the sensual dance of salsa. So far I’ve learned the basics of salsa, such as the 8 count steps, always starting with the left foot, and how to lead my partner using hand motion. It’s been very exciting, and at times frustrating. Last week I left the studio frustrated because I couldn’t complete a 360 degree turn in 8 steps, while holding my partner. Trust me, it’s not as easy as it looks.
If someone would have asked me a year ago if I knew how to dance salsa, without doubt I would have answered with a confident yes. Reality is I just know how to move to the rhythm of the music, but I had no clue on how to properly lead my partner through turns and other movements. Being a Latino that has loved to dance all of his life, it’s very frustrating not being able to do what is supposed to be simple turns.
I know I’m definitely going to improve my skills this year, but it just can’t happen soon enough. For now, all I can do is practice.