The following was written way back in September of 2008, and I never got around to publishing it. Funny enough, it’s actually very relevant to what I’ve been recently doing. A little revising, and here we are.
My salsa dancing skills are slowly improving. I would like to say I’m on the verge of moving past beginner level into intermediate, yet it’s not as easy as I had hoped. I’ve been taking drop-in classes at Atomic Ballroom in Santa Ana to learn new combos and moves, yet when it comes to practicing I feel people aren’t too eager to dance with someone who has a repertoire of about eight moves that I repeat over and over again, and trying out new moves doesn’t usually lead to a success the first time.
I’m still in the beginner classes, which is a bit odd because they always start with the very basics for newbies, but I’d say one in every three classes I’ll learn something new that I didn’t know before. I’ve actually taken to jotting down notes on the moves I learn so that I don’t forget. Yes, I’m an organized dancing nerd.
One of the big draws of social dancing is the fact that it is exactly that and nothing more. People out dancing are looking to dance and to have fun. Ballroom, Salsa, Swing, the social interaction is always the same. If a guy were to ask a girl for a dance, 9 times out of 10 she would say yes, and the 1 time she says no is most likely cause she’s tired from dancing so much. It’s rude to turn down an offer, although I have known of guys who were a little too free with their hands. I would just like to tell all the ladies out there to be very free with your elbows, and a knee to the groin always works.
That’s the big annoyance of clubbing with me. People aren’t there to dance. It’s a whole matter of asking girls if they would like to dance, and they give you a quick look to see if you’re cute enough, and if not they dismiss you, usually with hand signals or dismissive glances, not even gracing you with verbal communication. Really, now? This is fun? Parrrrrtay!