Usually this stands for quite a number of latino dances for one who has not much knowledge on them yet. So, in layman language, it stands for; salsa, kizomba, bachata, chacha, rueda etc. But let me educate you a little bit more as Dancer Ronnie CK did me; Salsa is not a term used to refer to Latin dances. Salsa is a dance with African, European and South American influences. Bachata is dance on it’s own that originated from a fusion of bolero and traditional dances, it’s believed to be from the Dominican Republic. Kizomba is an African dance from Angola. Layman also thinks it only involves a guy spinning a girl but, there’s more to it. Attend a class you’ll see – contacts at article end.
I first encountered salsa back in campus. A friend invited me for his first level graduation. You see in my former campus, Kenyatta University, Salsa is a serious club going by the name MiST Salsa KU. There are three levels that one goes through; bronze, silver 1 and silver 2, when I left, I had accomplished the first two.
On that beautiful night, I was super excited to see it unfold. I love to learn and am a curious being too. We picked our graduate Oscar from his hostel room, and headed on to the venue within campus. Glowing souls beaming with smiles, excitement greeted us. As the night went on, we watched performances, there was open dance, and the highlight of the night; a candle lit kizomba dance.
Candles are lit, and placed on the floor forming a circle, with all lights off. Then, the graduates are to pick a partner from within the crowd and bring them inside the candle circle. Yes, I did get picked #happydance# It was the most beautiful experience. Having no prior experience of the dance, somehow, it was perfect, I enjoyed it, I don’t think i stepped on him or vice versa, the moment was IT! Btw Kizomba is my number 1.
I was going through my past pictures and happened to land on these that brought back all the beautiful memories.
I miss these days, I mean, I used to have so much energy that i would dance all night, all sweaty and without fading excitement. I recall this one time there was a Masquerade Party at Club Metro where Sabina and I were all dressed up, we even got some pretty expensive masks for that. On getting there, roughly 5% of us were in masks. Kenyans, SMH!
It has been long since I went to dance (a month) or at least to learn how to (some years since i attended a class). Whenever I stay this long without dancing, I make sure to tell my partner on the floor “nimerust” – just the same way iron rusts for not being polished – as a warning to insure my possible mess ups.
But I don’t always mess up, especially when i go with the flow, when i let my heart dance along, not overthinking or predicting moves. And when I dance like this, that’s when i feel most fulfilled.
A reknown teacher in the field, JP of YWCA once told me; “You cannot really learn on the dance floor, ie, at a salsa party. That is lying to yourself. You have to actually attend classes for legit improvement.”
There’s this guy San, one of the few people that I have met in my life that are IN LOVE WITH LIFE. He once told me that if you love something, make sure to do it once a week for you to stay sane. He loves football so he makes sure to play atleast once a week.
But why did I slow down? Let me pull the Life Happened card today ey?!
Most people who know i dance were at first very fascinated 1,at me and 2, to learn
So let me refer you to who i would love to learn from myself;
- JP of Afro Dazzlers YWCA on +254 720999179
- Tim Reynolds of Salsa Afrique on +254 722270291
- Kevo of MiST Salsa KU on +254 718254574
Craving a salsa party? There are many around Nairobi within the week;
- Club Spree on Thursdays from 5pm till midnight, Contact is JP on +254 720999179
- Club Metro on Fridays from 6pm till late, Contact is Tim Reynolds on +254 722270291
- The Big Elephant Cafe Parklands on Saturdays, find them on Facebook
For more, here are pages to follow on Facebook for updates;