I consider myself a pretty good dancer. I love to dance, but believe it or not I did not learn how to dance until I moved to the US. When I was younger I learned how to dance to Merengue, but that is a pretty basic dance. I also did a lot of dancing to club music but it was not until my Mom started teaching me how to dance at holiday parties that I truly started to learn Salsa which is what I think I can do best now.
I saw my little cousins this holiday dancing with my Mom and it reminded me of how I learned from her. My Mom and one of my uncles are excellent dancers, moving through the floor with easy and precision. I am not up to their level, but I hope someday to be able to look as cool and natural as they do when they dance.
Cali, the city I was born in Colombia is known for its party atmosphere. Every December the city transforms into the Salsa capital of the world. There are many good dancers there and I am sure they are way better than anything I have seen here in the US. I really hope to spend my next Christmas vacation in Colombia so that I can party there like I have never done before.
From ballroom dancing to the samba street dancing in Rio de Janeiro, dance is an expression of culture. It is a form of art that a lot more people should use to express themselves. So many emotions can be expressed through dance and I feel that people don’t embrace it here in the US as much as they maybe do in other countries. I know there are a lot of dancers here in the US and dance, but I am talking about the average American being really passionate about dancing. Maybe I need to go to the south and see how line dancing is a part of life down there. I know that a lot of people in the northern states see dance as something you do in clubs and are amazed to find out that every new years at my family’s party there is dancing going on.
A lot of protestant Christian churches frown upon dancing. We have all seen foot lose I hope. It is a reality for a lot of people in many places in a America to see dancing not as a form of art but a gateway to evil. That and the prohibition of secular music has been one of the hardest things for me to swallow when it comes to that flavor of Christianity.
The word party is not a synonymous of dancing for many Americans. When I hear the word party, I think of dancing. Nothing wrong with a simple dinner party and just conversation and drinks, but believe me once you have experienced a party where you can dance all night long it will be hard for you to not want to be a part of it every opportunity you have.