Day 2: What Funk?

Turns out, I can do a mean Salsa, but only in my mind. I’m having a hard time listening to the music and moving around at the same time. It’s tempting to just sit, watch and listen. Who needs to dance?

Salsa, Merengue, Samba, Cumbia all have their sections on the instructional workout. I can do none of them. I am heartbroken that the music that I’ve listened to for years is leaving me behind on the dance floor. I want to dance for the joy of it, but it seems that there are rules to this dancing business.

“Feel the Music” the instructor says. But it seems I should turn off the volume, get out my teaching materials and begin like I am studying for the GRE: Make charts and diagrams, flashcards, maybe conduct an interview or two. One question I would ask is “When does the fun start?” So many steps, and so many beats to separate them. I see sticky notes posted on the floor in my future.

The one thing that is keeping me going, besides a stubborn need to accomplish what I set out to do, is the sweat at the end of each session. I didn’t count on such a great workout. But fun? What fun?


8 thoughts on “Day 2: What Funk?

  1. Don’t let technique stop you. The census bureau otherwise might change your racial category. I suggest that rather than turning off the sound, send the kids out for the evenings, turn out the lights and let Stanley help you work this out.


  2. Ah yes, the male assistant. When I met Mr. Two Left Feet my dancing days were over. That’s love for you.


    1. You had to give up dancing or forever damage your feet? Difficult choice.
      There are so many left-feet in our class, even dancing without partners, we are warned to ‘give ourselves a lot room’!!!


  3. What in the world is “aguartiente?” I know what “aqua” is (water). Does this mean you are going to drown yourshelf in loud musci, swet, and more muscle?

    Webster’s New World Dictionary doesn’t have AQUARTIENTE. I looked it up. You must be speaking Spanish! It all gives me a headache…….

    BBMamma June 16th, I’m way behid!!


    1. aguardiente is a verrrry strong drink we came across in Colombia – I never really drank any, but don’t tell anyone, it would ruin my reputation. The smell was so overpowering, I couldn’t get it past my nose.


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