Salsa classes started in my office yesterday. I was a bit skeptical in the beginning, thinking of skipping the class but 30 minutes into the class and I realised what a mistake that would have been. Where else can you find a chance of dancing with five different girls. πŸ˜‰ More on it later.Β 

First a little bit about Salsa.Β 

SalsaΒ refers to a fusion of informal dance styles having roots in theΒ CaribbeanΒ (especially inΒ CubaΒ andΒ Puerto Rico), Latin and North America. The dance originated through the mixture ofΒ Mambo,Β DanzΓ³n,Β GuaguancΓ³,Β Cuban Son, and other typical Cuban dance forms. Salsa is danced toΒ Salsa music. There is a strongΒ AfricanΒ influence in the music as well as the dance.

Salsa is usually a partner dance, although there are recognized solo steps and some forms are danced in groups of couples, with frequent exchanges of partner (Rueda de Casino). Improvisation and social dancing are important elements of Salsa but it appears as aΒ performance danceΒ too.

(source – Wikipedia)

So there I was staring at the Thin, Sensuous, high heeled, Curly haired lady instructor(I’ll call her WOW) and her male apprentice(UNWOW) while they taught the first three basic steps of forward, side and rock to the 20 something boys and 25 something girls. WOW and UNWOW looked so elegant dancing together that a sigh got released from my mouth. How much I wanted WOW to dance with me. Anyways, since there were more girls, so they took turns to dance with the boys as we started dancing in couples.

The-pink-trampler

Pink-trampler was my first partner and is incidentally my project mate too. She was a little awkward in her movements and ended up landing on my feet quite a few times. WOW saw her trampling my feet and asked her to practice alone first before trying the steps with a partnerΒ and replaced her with the-Black-top.

The-Black-Top

I award her the perfect-partner-of-the-day. Her movements were rhythmic and not awkward at all. The moment I cupped her right hand in my left one as she placed her hand on my shoulder and I placed my right hand behind her back, we danced magically. We did not missed a single step and our foot movement never went awry, even when they increased the tempo of the song. It was lovely, dreamy and delightful.

The-Jaya(Bachchan not Lalita)

My next partner was so short that I felt like Amitabh Bachchan, although I am just 5’8″. Her head ended somewhere near my chest and I had to stoop down a little bit to place my hand behind her back. She was quite shy and was not looking at me at all. πŸ™ We did a few side hand movements in a closed loop position. It was a little tough to move your hand as well as feet in two different directions and co-ordinating with your partner as well. She was good and picked up quite quickly. πŸ˜‰

The-Follow-me-will-you?

Although as the class started, it was explained , that in Salsa the guy leads the girl, but follow-me-will-you? somehow missed this piece of information. Now we had to move in an open loop position which meant that she could not place her left hand on my shoulder and my right hand was free too. We had to join the free hands and move them upwards while we moved our feet to the music. It had to be done very gently but the lady just forced her hand so much, that it looked as if she was scrubbing a wall in her home. So, instead of our hands going up in 90 degrees, went 30 degrees towards my right ear. I tried to explain it to her, but she was adamant on scrubbing the wall. Sigh!

The-Black-Top(again)

The moment partner change was announced, the black-top ran towards me. πŸ™‚ Now we had to do the closed loop andΒ open loopΒ positions alternately while we moved our feet. It was tough and I heard a lot of OOOOOs and AAAAHHHs as it was just our first class. But, since the-black-top was with me, we mastered that in a few seconds. We laughed and smiled and clapped as we ended.

The-Jaya(Lalita not Bachchan)

My last partner wasΒ taller and wider than me. πŸ™ I looked like a small kid whoΒ was holding a teddy bear bigger than himself. We had to do the same steps again with faster music. The first question she asked me was – “Did you get the hang of it?” I was quite speechless.

“Are you crazy? Didn’t you saw the girls falling on top of each other to dance with me?”, I wanted to ask. (Ok. I admit that that was a bit of exaggeration, but then what the hell!)

“Yes. I guess.”, I mumbled and smiled.Β 

She too was a little awkward and clumsy and almost trampled my feet again. The ordeal was over in a few seconds as she picked up the steps somehow. She forgot to place her hand on my shoulder time and again as we went from theΒ open loopΒ to the closed loop position and I was reminding her again and again, looking like a sex-starved-maniac.Β 

So, this is how the first Salsa class went. It would have been a disaster if the-black-top and WOW would not have been there. Its been after such a long time that I am “learning” to dance. The last I remember, it was in school for my Bhangra group. Sigh! Good old days.

Anyways, will keep all of you posted with the spicy gossips from the forthcoming sessions.Β 

That’s all folks!

p.s. Now that I re-read the post, its more about girls rather than Salsa. No?

About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016. Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping. He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

42 Comments

  1. shivya October 15, 2008 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Yes! I hope all your dance partners read this post and bash you up royally :p I wish you’d get it all on video (the dance and the bashing). Haha. Happy salsa-ing!

  2. Asmita October 15, 2008 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    hey amit…..
    awesome post…i could actually imagine the gals u described n those dance steps…but was bit difficult to imagine u dancing….lol
    all the best..hope no dance partner of ur’s reads it…next class will surely turn into a disaster…:P
    enjoy ur salsa….

  3. Reema October 16, 2008 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Wow!! Salsa. Check out the dance on this post
    http://nomadsjournal.wordpress.com/2008/07/11/street-performers-of-paris/

    I wish atleast one of those girls reads blogs and comes across yours πŸ˜› It would be fun! All the best for more dances with black top and WOW!

  4. Manoj October 16, 2008 at 12:57 am - Reply

    Wow..thatz interesting!! DO your dance parteners know you have a blog? So yourself and the Black top lady seemed to have picked up almost instantly!! Good going, and all the best!! Looking at a girl in her black itself is like “WOW”..and you were doing Salsa…OMG!! πŸ˜€

    PS: I see that “Vizag and Araku Trip” still lists out as one of your “TOP MUSINGS” in the blog. That post was a gateway for me to your blog. So good to see πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  5. Atipriya October 16, 2008 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Exactly Amit…. Your note is 100% correct…
    Tu apni is saas-bahu type ki gosip se kabhi baaz nahi ayega na πŸ™‚
    Leave apart Salsa, I bet you would have enrolled for bharatnatyam also if you were told you’ll get a chance to dance with girls like this:)
    Good going…Enjoy!!

  6. Vijaya Bharat October 16, 2008 at 4:23 am - Reply

    Nice to hear that you are learning Salsa although I am in the land of Salsa and not even able to think of it. I pray god that Ms.Shivya’s wish come true πŸ˜‰ I think u will continue writing more about ur partners than the Salsa in future posts too πŸ˜‰ Any way I wish that you will get “Black-top” beauty as a partner for more times & I feel that it is ur wish too πŸ˜‰

  7. Liju Philip October 16, 2008 at 6:41 am - Reply

    We’ve had Salsa, line dancing, kickboxing, power yoga classes going on all the time in our office.

    As IT guys, we just ignore them all πŸ˜€

  8. abha October 16, 2008 at 10:38 am - Reply

    wow………………………….tha would hav been so so much fun.,…………………..
    n the way u write.one can weave a whole picture!!
    Keep posting bout the classes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I jus hopw ur partners in dance don’t get to read all this!

  9. Lively October 16, 2008 at 11:34 am - Reply

    ahaan… it must be a hell lotta fun watching girls swirl n twirl to the music and esp you too getting to swirl with them. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  10. A October 16, 2008 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Now that’s called something about dance! (okh little less than from ‘about girls’) Glad to know someone else is interested in dancing too, in my blog world πŸ™‚
    Tell you what I’ve been on formal training for Salsa/Jive (and little of Waltz) for quite long now…and have written about my revelations and experiences (stage performance) here and here. Hope you would like reading them. Do you…? (for a change, they are a little less about girls, lol πŸ™‚ )

    PS: Have again an upcoming grp performance in Nov. Hope my body just allows me πŸ™‚

  11. Sakhi October 16, 2008 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    wah wah.. so somebody is enjoying! do keep us posted on WOW! πŸ˜‰ and of couse we are also interested in the DANCE!! i hope your toe which was boken b your project mate is okay!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  12. Dinesh Babu October 16, 2008 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    he he … Fun post. I enjoyed it. I guess you had great time learning to dance and just learning to dance πŸ˜‰ Yes the post became classification of salsa dancers and I thought classification was patented by a certain “opinionsandexpressions” blogger πŸ™‚ Now you should write a post on how you asked them out and what was the result of asking each one out, or probably an imaginary post.

  13. Nikhil October 16, 2008 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Hehehehe! I’ve gotta learn some Salsa, dude. This sounds very.. um… interesting, if you know what I mean! πŸ˜‰
    And you didn’t get WOW’s number? Damn!

  14. Nita October 16, 2008 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Looks like you are enjoying yourself although can’t imagine why these classes are being held in office! I guess times have changed!
    I learnt Salsa last year. It was great. I love dancing although I found the salsa a little difficult! I guess it was because I have never learnt any type of formal dancing.
    Don’t ever forget salsa! its beautiful.

  15. Amit October 16, 2008 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    @Shivya : Oh yes! The pink trampler read it. πŸ™ I just told her that I had just stated the facts. Thankfully she agreed.

    @Asmita : Thanks. I dance quite well. We didn’t get any chance to dance in Bhubaneswar, so I can understand your amazement. πŸ˜‰

    @Reema : I saw the video. Its very good. This swinging movements are very difficult. We did the first ones today. It becomes more and more difficult as the tempo increases. And yes, the pink-trampler read it. πŸ™ She was not very furious as I haven’t written much about her. πŸ˜›

    @Manoj : Yes, we picked instantly. Today we had a class and I had another partner. It was a good day. And yes, I get hits everyday on that post. Someone is always searching about that place.

    @Atipriya : Thanks. πŸ˜› That was a very kind remark. πŸ˜›

    @Vijaya Bharat : Yes, Shivya’s wish came true but I was not beaten up. We had a class today and I didn’t get a chance to dance with the-black-top. I had another partner today and she was better.

    @Liju : I too was going to do the same thing but I was forced. And I am happy about the decision.

    @Abha : Yes it was. One of them read it.

    @Lively : Yes it was. Thanks.

    @A : Dancing is something I really enjoy. Specially when someone is teaching me and stage performances. Sadly, that stopped after school. I read your posts and enjoyed them a lot. And do post about your group performance.

    @Sakhi : My toe is intact. Thankyou. Yes, WOW and DANCE will keep appearing.

    @Dinesh : Thanks. Yes, I am having a great time. Had another class today. Ask them out?? Hmmm…food for thought. πŸ˜‰

    @Nikhil : Yes, it is. πŸ˜‰ And there are so many sensuous movements that you will definitely love it. But believe me, a bad partner can completely ruin the fun.

    @Nita : It most of the IT companies and BPOs, there type of classes are held as extracurricular activities. Its just like a stress buster as employees work for long hours in stressfull conditions. As Liju pointed out, there are many such activities.
    And you have learny Salsa too? Wow!!! Yes, it is beautiful. Just two classes and I have fallen in love with it.

  16. Arpit October 17, 2008 at 12:18 am - Reply

    oh what a great opportunity you had! i too had learned salsa at pre elementary level at shiamk davar institute of performing arts(sdipa) and i got to do a solo performance πŸ˜€
    it was really awesome and you know the kind of music you usually get to dance on and with the audience hooting and cheering its total fun…….and on which song did you got to dance?

    i would recommend you to check out this groovy number for salsa dance
    http://bitsnbytesoflife.wordpress.com/2008/07/12/music-for-your-soul/

    its one of the best song and you would surely like it and yes if you want to learn more of it you can straight away head to sdipa branch.its the best πŸ˜€

  17. Arpit October 17, 2008 at 12:25 am - Reply

    lolz ….you know what when i was first taught the movements i actually held my instructor as if i was the lady πŸ˜€
    but that was when i was a kido. lolz πŸ˜€
    thank you amit for reviving some old joyful memories it really brought a smile on my face as today i was feeling quite low
    and yes enjoy your classes and do keep writing about it . i would love to know your experience ! cheers πŸ˜€

  18. lallopallo October 17, 2008 at 8:06 am - Reply

    I have never known a single guy who enrolled in Salsa classes without the sole intention of hooking up with a girl there. So, you are doing fine. πŸ˜‰

  19. Shefaly October 17, 2008 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    @ Amit

    I hope your investors will soon protest about this waste of money when times are dire. πŸ™‚

    PS: It seems you compulsively classify girls at every possible opportunity; I am pretty sure you have some labels for all bloggettes as well. Now, now, don’t be shy. Do a post on that too. πŸ˜‰

  20. Reema October 17, 2008 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    @Shefaly I’m sure u meant Amit not Nita but I agree with your suggestion.

    @Amit yes do the post on bloggettes.

  21. Shefaly October 17, 2008 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    @ Reema

    Oops. Yes I meant Amit.

    I have once left a comment for Nita with someone else’s name. So this isn’t new. There is a term for the affliction – continuous partial attention.

    @ Amit

    The comment is for you. Please edit if you don’t mind. Thanks.

    @ Nita

    I apologise πŸ™

  22. Amit October 17, 2008 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    @Arpit : Wow!! You are blessed then. That must be something! And I am not sure which songs they are using. Its generally some piece of music which i can’t place right now. And thanks for the song. Loved it. πŸ™‚ Now I can practice in the weekends. πŸ˜€
    I intend to keep writing about the classes. I just hope and pray that I complete them. πŸ™‚ And why are you sad? Cheer up!!!

    @Lallopallo : Shit! I thought no one would know. πŸ™ Thanks for the faith anyways. πŸ™‚

    @Shefaly & @ Reema: The employees pay for the classes. So the investors have no right to protest. πŸ˜› And I like classifying people in general. remember, I did that with the actors in the previous post too. πŸ™‚ And I have never thought about the bloggettes labelings, but now since you have proposed it, it seems quite interesting. But I am feeling quite shy about doing it. I have a feeling that I’ll get a hard kick in the butt.

  23. Shefaly October 17, 2008 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    @ Amit

    ” I have a feeling that I’ll get a hard kick in the butt.”

    Try us – we may surprise you πŸ™‚

    PS: Please edit Comment 19. It is for you, not for Nita. Thanks…

    PPS: We all classify people. But some of us are cleverly not writing about all that goes on in our heads πŸ˜›

  24. Nimmy October 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    πŸ™‚ I love ths dance..loved the part when you felt like a teddy bear..lol..

  25. Xylene October 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    I love this dance. Well have seen it on NDTV good times.

    Enjoy yourself πŸ˜‰

  26. Amit October 19, 2008 at 12:06 am - Reply

    @Shefaly : Its ok to classify complete strangers but I think it would not be right to classify people who read my blog. It would be unfair when I have already named them as my inspirations. πŸ™‚
    Even if I classify all of you, it would be in a very positive sense. πŸ™‚

    @Nimmy : Thanks. πŸ™‚

    @Xylene : Thanks Xylene. I will. πŸ™‚

  27. Prax October 19, 2008 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Cool , interesting read – i agree it is more about women

    i like the dance form but i really like the music
    after classical Indian music this is the other music that has the power to touch ones soul !

  28. vishesh October 19, 2008 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    lol πŸ˜› so you are only 5’8 πŸ˜› should learn it when i get to coll i think πŸ˜› need to find a good partner πŸ˜›

  29. arvind October 19, 2008 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    wow and unwow !!!!
    ROFL πŸ˜†

    I have never danced till now ..I mean once i danced on lohri with freinds but that was more like a man dancing after 10 bottles of beer πŸ˜€

    enjoy ur classes and keep updating about girls , oops i mean salsa πŸ˜›

  30. Amit October 19, 2008 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    @Prax : Thanks. πŸ™‚ Yes, the music is so peppy that your feet start moving automatically.

    @Vishesh : Yes. I am sorry if my image gave you some other impression. πŸ˜› Yes, good partner is a must.

    @Arvind : Thanks. πŸ™‚ Well, you can either dance or you can’t and the earlier you identify the category to which you belong, the better. πŸ™‚
    Yes, I too hope so.

  31. Preeti October 20, 2008 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Hmmm…
    U seem to be having good time then.
    Enjoy nd keep updating us more on that. πŸ™‚

  32. Su October 20, 2008 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    kash mera college mein bhi Salsa class hotha! πŸ˜›

  33. Amit October 20, 2008 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    @Preeti : Yes, I am. πŸ™‚ Will definitely keep you updated. πŸ™‚

    @Su : That would have been the breeding ground of so many love stories then. πŸ™‚

  34. | Balu | October 20, 2008 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    I can never do salsa though a friend of mine has been nudging me to learn it! I think am allergic to dancing altogether πŸ˜›

  35. Amit October 20, 2008 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    @Balu : What a pity! πŸ˜› But you must give it a try.

  36. Gauri November 4, 2008 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Wow, I must get my HR department to think about something like that. I think dancing (any type, whatever makes you feel better!) is the best stress buster and I don’t miss even a single chance to let my hair down. I always wonder when I see people glued to their chair when you have a ready made dance floor just to enjoy!

  37. Amit November 4, 2008 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    @Gauri : Welcome!! Yes, it would be a good stress buster. Infact many companies have such activities, besides having gyms and gaming zones in the office areas.
    Go talk to your HR!!! πŸ™‚

  38. sunita June 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    i want to learn a salsa dance

  39. ashreyamom September 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    i wanted to learn salsa so much.. but some how couldn’t.. now that i am married and living in a conservative society that to away from hubby, cant even risk being seen dancing so close with someone. hope to learn when my daughter too is ready to dance.. then i will also join the class with her..
    yes, i have to see my hubby reaction.. i think he will be more bothered looking who is holding his daughter than his wife.. πŸ™‚

    • Amit September 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      I too left the classes midway because of work pressures but you should learn whenever you get a chance. It is a refreshing change. πŸ™‚

  40. Stacy Lobo September 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Was reading through the post and then noticed that there’s a full fledged Salsa class happening in Kuwait which uses the same images you used and descriptions as well clearly copy pasted … heres the link of their fb page….. hmmm..soo much for copyrights !!
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Salsa-Dance-Studio/425434804162490

    • Amit September 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      I think I too used that image from somewhere in Google.
      I am not sure about the text. They have used a very small part of it. I have seen people copy my full posts. Sigh!

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