This weeks post was Guest written by a Belgian Salsera (Delphine) who I absolutely enjoy dancing with (especially Bachata), So check it out:
I consider traveling as one of my biggest passions (closely following salsa that is!), but the fact that I can often combine the two things I love the most is just amazing. The salsa addiction has become so international that you can go to any city in the world and most will have at least one salsa club…I’ve started to fall in love with finding these new salsa clubs with different vibes, styles and teachers in any new country/city I go. Plus now, with congresses in a different European or U.S. city almost every weekend, traveling (at least once a year) for salsa has just become the norm if you’re really into the salsa groove (which, let’s face it, if you’re reading this, you probably are… 🙂 ).
Now the really interesting part is revealed… if you’ve been in one of the situations described above, how many times have you danced with someone and you have no idea if they speak the same language as you? How awesome is it that you could come from completely different backgrounds, be 60 years apart in age, have completely conflicting religious views or not even be able to communicate verbally and yet you manage to share this amazing, intimate 3-minute ‘conversation’ with a stranger if they ask you to dance?!
There are some clichés that are sadly but blatantly true (I’m normally the first to hate anything cheesy!), but ‘dance being its own language’ is really one of those realities. Salsa is a conversation between two people. The lead is communicating to the follower and the follower responds accordingly… the most beautiful social dance to watch and more importantly to feel is when this conversation is a dialogue, where both dancers are responding to each other equally (i.e. there isn’t one person dominating, out-shining the other or showing off)- perfect, fluid harmony. And the magic really happens when all this can be achieved with someone you’ve never met before in a new club and it just clicks…
After reading this, I want you to think about a random city you’ve been dying to visit for years… got it? Cool, now type in google ‘salsa club in… ‘ and voila! There’s probably a salsa club there… Also just a slight aside, what other hobby or passion can you combine with going out/clubbing/getting all dressed up and socialising (you can’t exactly do Pilates or bowling in a club in heels, right?!) And now to all of those who have been fortunate enough to dance in different countries/cities, get a pen and paper and make a list of all those places you’ve danced and fully appreciate how cool that is…
Here’s my experience: I first learnt salsa when I used to live in New Delhi, India… When I moved to Thailand, there wasn’t much salsa in Phuket so I started teaching small classes… I then lived in the UK for 3 years (president of the salsa society at my university) and during that time traveled and danced in Cyprus, Paris, Cuba, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and now I live and dance in Cape Town, South Africa!
You really gotta love that salsa can be danced anywhere with any salsa dancer!