SalsaSoul’s Salsa y Cha Cha

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Salsa, salsa, what do I know about Salsa?

In all honesty, my knowledge stops at the spelling of the word. But I was most certainly curious. Curious and excited, but mostly terrified.

Not just about being horrible at this, but worse yet, that there was a room full of people (a lot of them, women to be precise) who’d witness my shameful attempts at ‘dancing.’

For special cases like mine, they employ the Salsa for Dummies handbook which was handled by the evening’s teacher, Josh. Josh starts off by teaching us the fundamentals: footwork.

He goes very slowly just so everyone is on the same page and we repeat the steps several times. Just when we think we’ve got it, he introduces more advanced footwork, and just when we think we’re safe, he adds music to that.

"They just want to dance!  And dance they did."  (Photo supplied by Salsasoul productions)

“They just want to dance! And dance they did.” (Photo supplied by Salsasoul productions)

With the music playing, he mixes and matches the moves he’s taught us and when he feels the room has a basic understanding of the evening’s lessons, we pair up.

Now, dancing by myself is one thing, but sharing the space with a partner will certainly reveal the chinks in your Salsa Suit. (That’s why I pretended to be taking important pictures for this write-up when we got to that part of the evening. Haw haw)

The regulars, or the people who know what they are doing as I like to call them show up after about an hour since they do not need the introductory lessons. They just want to dance! And dance they did.

There was a sense of unity on the dance floor...maybe some love stories begin here (Photo supplied by Salsasoul productions)

There was a sense of unity on the dance floor…maybe some love stories begin here (Photo supplied by Salsasoul productions)

There was a sense of unity on the dance floor, people switch partners, old friends uniting, maybe some love stories begin here, I wouldn’t be surprised.

All I do know is that its much more fun if Salsa Thursdays are a part of your lifestyle rather than a one-time experience.

The event was hosted by the fine ladies of SalsaSoul Productions in collaboration with Josh who represents Defining Movement. Ultra Lounge the venue, hosts a Salsa night every Thursday while SalsaSoul Productions hosts on the third week of every month.

The dynamic duo Florence & Lisa of SalsaSoul Productions- (Photo supplied by Salsasoul productions)

The dynamic duo Florence & Lisa of SalsaSoul Productions- (Photo supplied by Salsasoul productions)

SalsaSoul Productions, comprising of dynamic duo Florence & Lisa began the group simply as a way to not just spread the word on Salsa, but to create a community through it. They started hosting events in November 2012, and then the events became regular in January 2013. They begin around 8pm and last past midnight usually.

If you are serious about this, but would prefer warmer weather then you can look forward to Salsa on the Waterfront, which will be in the summertime on Pier 8 and Dance on the Waterfront which will be in June/July.

If you would like to get started before the summer comes around, feel free to join the SalsaSoul Productions team and their friends on the third week of every month.

* Josh Taylor has been teaching Salsa and Cha Cha for 10 years with training in American & International Ballroom dancing, Latin dancing and a self-taught hip-hop dancer.

* SalsaSoul Productions is dedicated to creating social salsa dancing events, both indoors and outdoors, in Hamilton.
Email: salsa@salsasoulproductions.com

Abdul Hakim has laboured, fought and bled to attain his B.A. (hons) in Communication Studies with additional Graphic Design credentials. He is a writer, multi media artist, and poet. When he isn't writing scholarly articles he can be seen flying around cyberspace via his secret identity MistryKiDD.WordPress.com