Sunday, March 21, 2010

Salsa Dance Class With AKAs

The weekend the AKA sorority partnered with the 100BMC to bring our mentees together again for a Salsa dancing class. What I enjoy about Latin formal dancing is the enforcement of gender roles. The male or “lead” is like a driver of a fancy red race car, he must pay attention to what he is doing, what she is doing, what he wants her to do next, and what is happening around them both. Spectators will know when the lead/driver is handling the car well, or driving it into a wall. The female or “follow” must do everything the male is physically doing, except she is going backwards, in high heels, and like the race car everyone is watching her, not the driver.

Her job is to look good, his job is to make her look good.

Were the 100BMC mentees ready to step up to the plate?…..initially, they punked out by the dozen. However, Steve Day from Latin Street dancing ( helped them overcome that. He covered Merengue, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, and Salsa in a line formation before bring the Ladies and Gentlemen together. This was one of our best events to date.

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