Friday, June 15, 2007

Salsa

Thursday afternoon I returned to the school for salsa lessons. There were several girls gathered at the top level of the school and the two instructors. (I was informed later that these guys are 'mangos' = hot guys!)

The girls formed a line and the lesson began. It's very easy, our instructors said. Tiene ocho partas - there are 8 parts. Right foot back, left foot steps, right foot forward = uno, dos, tres. Pause. Left foot forward, right foot steps, left foot back = cinco, seis, seite. Otro vez! uno, dos, tres, cinco, seis, siete! (Yes, he skipped cuatro because that was a pause.)

Then we learned a sidestep move: uno, dos, tres, cinco, seis, siete! Otra vez!

Then we learned a spinning move: uno, dos, tres, cinco, seis, siete! Otra vez!

Over and over and over we practiced the steps. It was getting darker and darker as the clouds rolled in for the afternoon rain. uno, dos, tres, cinco, seis, siete! Otra vez!

The salsa music was turned up on the tape player and the wind picked up. uno, dos, tres, cinco, seis, siete! uno, dos, tres, cinco, seis, siete!

Then there was a large crack of thunder and lightning lit up the sky. uno, dos, tres, cinco, seis, siete! uno, dos, tres, cinco, seis, siete!

It began to rain and the thunder rumbled. uno, dos, tres, cinco, seis, siete! Otra vez!

There were three or four girls for each guy, so we all kept up the dance moves and the guys moved down the line, dancing a complete set with a girl, then moving on to the next. uno, dos, tres, cinco, seis, siete! uno, dos, tres, cinco, seis, siete!

After 45 minutes, I think I got the steps down!

3 comments:

Aimees mom said...

I am trying to imagine you dancing... can't. Can imagine you out in a storm - at least you didn't have an umbrella! Will need pictures to prove you did this..

Mom

Aimee said...

Don´t worry, pictures are coming! Except, I took the picture, so I´m not in it. Hmmm. Perhaps I´ll have to get a signed statement from a friend? =)

Cosand said...

Uh huh. So Jess & I try to teach you, and there's much relucatance. But send ya off to another continent, and bam! Good grief...