All of my life music and dance have surrounded me. My earliest memories are of my parents dancing at parties to the likes of musical genres such as: disco, salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia, etc etc!
Not only did my parents dance, but they were those people that others looked at in awe. When their dancing powers unite magic happens.
As a kid I would watch them and never understood how it was done, how they did it, how they made it seem so effortless.
Dancing requires a person to release, to let go, to feel the music, and to let it guide your body.
I never understood this (being shy didn't help any!)
Basically all those surrounding me had the ability to dance, my uncles, my aunts, my siblings, my cousins, it seemed like everyone danced except me.
The more and more I didn't do it, the more and more I became insecure with the idea of it. I struggled with this insecurity for many years, until I decided to ACT
Having reached a point in my life now where I accept new adventures, and look for different situations to keep life interesting. I could not think of one thing I wanted to overcome more than my insecurity of dancing.
So back in February I decided to do something I had avoided for many years. I decided to DANCE!
A friend of mine (who loves the Hispanic culture...aka woman) decided he wanted to enroll in Salsa classes. However he did not want to do this alone, so he asked if I wanted to join.
I thought about it for most of the day, coming up with excuses to why I should, and should not do it.
In the end a motto I use on others, I used on myself : " STOP thinking, START doing"
I told him I was in.
We had a mutual friend who posted on Facebook about a dance company where we could take the classes, and before we knew it we were at week one of a six week salsa beginner course.
Here I was standing on a dance floor about to do something I dreaded for so many years. I was about to overcome a fear.
The man I am today was about to tell that shy little boy, who turned into a shy teenager, who carried the shyness with him into his early adulthood.
"You got this, you can do this, you can dance!"
and so it began
That first course did something so much more than just teach me the basics of salsa, it shared a wisdom for life.
<3 Things look difficult sometimes, but if you fully commit, you will succeed! <3
Each class taught me new skills, and chipped away at my insecurity.
Twelve weeks, two salsa courses completed, and a whole lot of dancing later, I now officially know how to dance salsa!
At first I didn't mention what I was doing to my family as to surprise them, and surprise them I did. I was able to showcase my talents at family parties, and received various compliments for my new moves.
I was so proud of myself for just going with it. I finally got to partake in all of the fun I had missed for so many years.
I finally knew why the people that dance have smiles on their face, and a passion in their moves.
Dancing releases you from care, it frees your body, and it frees your soul. The music overtakes you and you can only just go with it.
At any chance I get now, I dance!
I am glad that I made the decision to ACT & learn how to dance.
Sometimes in life you just have to go with the flow, release, and live it up!
I would like to share some of my favorites songs that aided me on my path or have become personal favorites when dancing!
My favorite Salsa song:
My favorite Bachata song