Salsa at Union Square

Posted On: December 6, 2007
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My long time buddy, Kenny, has been trying to get me to go Union Square for some Salsa action. I have been quite resistant in the past, because I know for a fact I can’t dance well enough to ask any of the girls there to dance with me. I can count the number of moves I know with my fingers, so that’s not going to last a full song! Add to the fact that my wife reminded me not to “lose the face” of our dance school. Anyway, despite all the alarm bells ringing in my head, I decided to meet Kenny at Union Square. The idea was to observe and learn.

I was slightly late and four minutes past our arranged time, I received an SMS asking, “are you coming at all?”. Once I paid the $8 entrance fee and entered the place, first observation was that Kenny was sitting at the side chatting with a tall and pretty lady. Both of us were without our wives – OMG! It’s like hungry wolves let loose into a field of sheeps! Err… not quite. I felt more like a puppy over there than a wolf.

When I look at the way people dance over at Union Square, I was able to recognise some of the footwork, but none of the styling and hand movements were familiar to me. Some of the people actually look very good dancing, while others (mostly guys) looked a little crude. I was trying to watch the footwork and trying to catch the beat of the music… 1, 2, 3. 5, 6, 7… 1, 2, 3. 5, 6, 7… 1, 2, 3. 5, 6, 7… The dancers could change their paces matching that of the music. They also danced what I used to call “the sexy dance”, which I now know as Bachata.

Kenny, being Kenny, whispered something into one of his friend’s ear, and to my horror, she came over to me and extended her hand asking me to dance! I was quite embarassed, since it was the first time a girl asked me to dance, but I had to reject her 🙁 But we eventually did try dancing in a corner for like one minute, which I totally screwed up. It’s amazing how many things a guy can screw up in one minute, but it obviously was not a problem for me! I felt like doing a “William Hung” – “I do not have professional training”…

When I left Union Square and Kenny to his dancing, one thing was very clear to me – I need more lessons and more practice! The fear of embarassment is motivation enough 😀