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9 February 2011 2,059 views 2 Comments

OK, so I’m always banging on about how I could be alright at dancing if I had lessons. Enough jib jab, get on with it Jamesy…
So tonight I started lessons with Picante Latin Dance. I did the Intermediate 1 class which was great, covering the fundamentals of cuban salsa in detail and a good chance to practice rhythm, body movement and, yeah, nail the foundation steps.
But then I stayed for Intermediate 2. Now that was fun. We did heaps of wicked moves. These cool tap steps (like jab the floor instead of proper stepping) as warm up, and some fun turns. Then we practised three similar steps, one was called the sombrero, I don’t know the names of the others. They were great though – this one where you spin in to your partner and get wrapped up – awesome.
After that we did something called rueda: we were all in a circle and you danced with your partner and then spun around changing partners – completely fun. It was tricky though you had to know what the instructions meant and be able to do it. As one of the guys said to me “it’s a good job you follow well” cos I had no idea what was happening. (Actually I just found a list of ‘directions’ on the Picante website – how handy is that!? Gracias)
The class was great – nice venue, good price, lovely people, good numbers – and I’m glad they let me try both classes because it’s a combination that worked out well I reckon.
Strictly something.. watch this space…


  • Cat said:

    Awesome… Am liking the sound of Intermediate 1 & 2 and also La Rueda! You go get em girl ;-). La Rueda….the best way to dance with everyone on the dancefloor, in a well coordinated and timed fashion! WIth lots of cheeky twists and moves. Crack out those sombreros and ensouffle’s!

    More updates please…!

  • lucyjjames (author) said:

    Lovely Skype chat this eve, gracias.
    Next time you can show me some dance moves and help me improve my Rueda and twists and, well, everything…?

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