Salsa Lessons Update

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.

Salsa Lessons Update

Yo no se mañana, English Lyrics

I’ve been hooked on Yo no se mañana since it first got my attention during a night out at La Bodeguita Del Medio, Puerto Vallarta. La Bodeguita Del Medio is a nice place to hang out, have Mojitos, genuine Cuban cigars, while listening to live salsa and bachata music.

Smoking a Cohiba Cigar, Bodeguita Del Medio
Smoking a Cohiba Cigar, Bodeguita Del Medio

I like both the rhythm and the lyrical content of Yo no se mañana. I decided to translate the song from Spanish to English since the message of the song has a good meaning. I did my best to translate the lyrics to English.

I don’t know if tomorrow

I don’t know if you, I don’t know if I
if we’ll continue to be like today
I don’t know if after sunrise, we’ll continue to feel the same thirst
Why think and assume, don’t ask what I don’t know… I don’t know
I don’t know where it will end, let the touch of our skin let us know
Why swear and promise something that is not in our control
I don’t know if it’s forever, don’t ask what time will decide

I don’t know if tomorrow, I don’t know if tomorrow
If we will be together, if the world will end
I don’t know if I will be for you, if you will be for me
If we will love or hate each other
I don’t know if tomorrow, I don’t know if tomorrow
You and me will be here

From a coffee to the sofa, from a button to everything else
We didn’t set rules or time, it was just you and I
Everything you see is me, don’t ask for more than what I can give

I don’t know if tomorrow, I don’t know if tomorrow
If we will be together, if the world will end
I don’t know if I will be for you, if you will be for me
If we will love or hate each other
I don’t know if tomorrow, I don’t know if tomorrow
You and me will be here

This life is like a book
Each page is a day lived
Let’s not run before we can walk
Tonight we are alive
Only this moment is reality

This life is a roulette that keeps on turning without stopping
I don’t know if you, I don’t if I, how will it end
If it will be worse, if it will be better
Let the heart decide what we feel

Tomorrow… I don’t know
Today we live something really special
No one can decide what will happen tomorrow, nothing is written
It’s just you and me
Let’s live the moment… let’s live

Yo no se mañana, English Lyrics