(I want to dance!)
Not your regular club dancing. I want to dance to Cumbia, Salsa, Bachata! Los ritmos (the rhythms) make me want to move..... I'm not sure this will ever be possible. Let me explain.
1st, Did you know I was on the drill team in highschool? This involved dancing. We danced at the pep-rallys and the highschool football games during half-time. Although these dances were choreographed, I consider myself to have some rhythm.
2nd, I've always loved latin music.....before I understood any of the lyrics, before I decided to learn Spanish, before I met my Mexican husband and latina amigas!
3rd, I'm convinced I may have latin sangre (blood) somewhere in me. I feel a strong connection to the whole "Latin" culture. My father has done extensive geneology research. He has yet to find any latin blood in our lineage, but I'm still convinced it is there....somewhere.
With all of the points above I was convinced I'd pick up these latin styles of dancing with ease. WRONG! Although I can see (in my mind) and feel the moves I want my body and feet to do, my body and feet have other plans.
Shortly after The Mexican and I met, we started going to a latin club on the weekends. It was a blast! The music, the people, the atmosphere. I loved watching people dance to all these different styles. I could feel the rhythm of the music running through my veins! I wanted to move! I wanted to join in! I wanted to go out on the dance floor and twirl my self into a frenzy!
I begged The Mexican to teach me how to dance. He explained to me that he is not the "dancer" in the family... he only DJs. I'm not sure I totally believe this due to him breaking out some salsa spins on the dance floor once at a party. He says he learned those dance moves when living in Puerto Rico for a year. (Uh-huh, sure...)
According to my hubby, his brother is the one who knows how to dance. Guess who lived with us for about 6 months? Dancing brother! It must be true.... He was at a club every weekend. By this time, my hubby and I were focused on family and work. We did not have much time to frequent the clubs. I still had a strong urge to learn. I wanted to ask "dancing brother" to teach me but was afraid it would be innapropriate plus "dancing brother" was too busy chasing girls in his free time.
Here we are almost 7 years later. I have picked up a move or two, but that is it! In seven years! It looks like I am going to have to resort to learning from a DVD (insert frowny face!) In the meantime, I will continue to blast musica en Espanol (Spanish music), bailar (dance) in my living room como una loca (like a crazy woman), with my husband and son either laughing or joining in.
Check out this previous post that has links to different styles of dances.... Multi-cultural Familia