Salsa dancing is a popular form of social dance that originated in South America and New York, and has grown to be one of the most popular dance forms in the world. Maybe you've watched people dancing salsa on popular shows like So You Think You Can Danceand Dancing With The Stars, or seen people dancing at the many salsa festivals that are held throughout the Bay Area. If you've ever thought it would be fun to learn how to dance like that, then I encourage you to start learning how to salsa today.
Here are 10 reasons that you should make salsa a part of your life:
1) Salsa is good for your health
Salsa dancing is a great way to get into shape. Whether you take salsa lessons, join a team, or go out dancing several times a week, salsa is a full-body aerobic workout that works all your core muscle groups such as your abs, hips, and legs. Salsa dancing is a fun way to burn calories and tone your muscles, and it's a lot more fun than running on a treadmill at a smelly gym!
2) Salsa is a great way to meet people
Salsa, unlike many other dance forms like hip hop or ballet, is first and foremost a social activity. Whenever you go out to a salsa club, you will be dancing with dozens of members of the opposite sex, and getting to meet a lot of new people. Whether you're looking for a date or just want to make a lot of great friends, salsa is a great way to break your daily routine and meet lots of new people. Trust me, it beats grinding people in a noisy club or getting drunk at the bar.
3) Salsa makes you feel sexy
If you've ever seen salsa dancing before, you know that salsa is a very sexy and sensual dance. By learning how to dance salsa, you will learn how to better express your sensual side. If you're like me and work in an office all day or have a regular day job, you probably don't have many opportunities to really express yourself in your day-to-day life. Salsa provides you with a fun and safe outlet for exploring your sensuality and creative side.
4) Salsa builds confidence
One of the common insecurities that many people have is that they don't know how to dance. Fortunately, taking a few salsa lessons will help get rid of that insecurity in no time! In addition to helping you be a better dancer, salsa also helps you build confidence in meeting new people and interacting with others of the opposite sex, as you'll be doing a lot of both in any given night of salsa. Salsa also provides opportunities for performing on stage, and there are many different salsa teams in the Bay Area that perform around the country and the world. There is no bigger confidence booster than getting on stage before hundreds of people and dancing your heart out.
5) Salsa is international
Like I mentioned before, salsa is one of the most popular forms of dancing in the world. If you like traveling, then you will LOVE salsa dancing. Whether you like exploring the Americas, or you enjoy visiting Europe or Asia, in whatever city you find yourself in, you will likely find a salsa club. Salsa dancing provides you an instant connection with people in cities around the world, even if you don't speak their language. Salsa is like its own universal language and by learning it you will be able to enjoy connecting with people from all over the world.
6) Salsa is diverse
One of the misconceptions about salsa dancing is that it's only for Mexicans and Latinos. However, while salsa does have Latin American origins, the salsa community, especially here in the Bay Area, is incredibly diverse. In a typical night you can expect to dance with peoples of many nationalities, from all walks of life, from tech entrepreneurs to restaurant workers and homemakers.
The word salsa means "mixture", and like its namesake, salsa brings together people of all stripes for mutual enjoyment and pleasure. If you're looking for a fun and diverse community to be a part of, you can't go wrong with salsa.
7) Salsa is HUGE in the Bay Area
If you live in the Bay Area and you aren't taking advantage of salsa dancing, then you are really missing out. Next to New York and Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most active salsa spots in the country, and indeed the world! On any given night, there are dozens of salsa events going on that you can be a part of. Many of the world's top salsa instructors also live in the Bay Area, so you have the opportunity to learn from some of the best dancers in the world, right in your own backyard!
Those are just 7 of the many reason why you should start salsa dancing today. Salsa is really just an incredible dance and community that will transform your life if you just give it a chance. Feel free to post any questions about salsa you might have in the comments, and save a dance for me on the dance floor!