by Monicah Wangari
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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.

Some semesters later as I was graduating with Silver 1. She is Cate, my sweet friend, who dances too. We just had to wear matching dresses that day 🙂
His name is Bob, smooth dancer this one

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;

  1. JP of Afro Dazzlers YWCA on +254 720999179
  2. Tim Reynolds of Salsa Afrique on +254 722270291
  3. Kevo of MiST Salsa KU on +254 718254574

Craving a salsa party? There are many around Nairobi within the week;

  1. Club Spree on Thursdays from 5pm till midnight, Contact is JP on +254 720999179
  2. Club Metro on Fridays from 6pm till late, Contact is Tim Reynolds on +254  722270291
  3. The Big Elephant Cafe Parklands on Saturdays, find them on Facebook

For more, here are pages to follow on Facebook for updates;

  1. Salsa Afrique Entertainment
  2. The Dance Factory Kenya

Signing Out,


Salsa dancer.

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Waswa Grace May 30, 2018 - 3:33 pm

I’ve always loved salsa but I am terrible at it😭😂😂
Nice read

mkareblog May 30, 2018 - 3:40 pm

Hehe, you should give it another shot, these trainers are really good

ronnieckdance May 30, 2018 - 4:19 pm

Great. Though I have one thing to point out and that is salsa is not a term used to refer to Latin dances. Salsa is a dance on it’s with African influences as well, as 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 and it’s not a Latin dance but rather a family couple dance. Otherwise great rticl right there 🙂

mkareblog May 30, 2018 - 4:24 pm

You can call me layman too 🙂
Thank you for the insight Ronnie

Mkash May 31, 2018 - 8:34 am

i love to dance n i think salsa is on my to do list….Mkare so utanifunzaa;-);-)?!…hhehehe….insightful post….

mkareblog May 31, 2018 - 9:14 am

yeah, i can teach a few basics. Let’s create time for that

Kipainoi May 31, 2018 - 4:57 pm

I’ll just leave this to the smooth dancers…

I’m off for the neck dance and stick to my Moran dance classes. (You should have a taste of Maa dances in the not so far future :))

mkareblog May 31, 2018 - 5:04 pm

Hehe I would love to try that, let me rephrase, I will do it sooner than later

Kipainoi July 19, 2018 - 9:50 am

Haha! That’s it!

mkareblog July 19, 2018 - 12:19 pm

Btw if you around we will be dancing at Metro lounge, CBD, on Tuesday the 24th Jul

kevohwz mkare May 31, 2018 - 7:29 pm

I love this mkare…….keep it up.

mkareblog June 1, 2018 - 8:01 am

Thank you namesake, have an amazing madaraka weekend

Wesley May 31, 2018 - 8:59 pm

Well I also need some lessons😊.

mkareblog May 31, 2018 - 9:01 pm

My guys gatchu Wes. Hala at them

Audrey June 4, 2018 - 2:45 pm

Omg!! Awesome read, i just added to my to do lists thanks to you.

mkareblog June 4, 2018 - 2:47 pm

Hey Audrey, as excited as you, can’t wait to see you on the dance floor 🙂

blakworld June 8, 2018 - 12:13 pm

Hehehe!! come on i had to coment

mkareblog June 8, 2018 - 12:18 pm

Lol! And that issa comment by itself

dixions June 25, 2018 - 12:15 pm

‘……especially when i go with the flow, when i let my heart dance along, not overthinking or predicting moves. Good read.

mkareblog June 25, 2018 - 12:29 pm

Thanks Dixon

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