Salsa to some means cheesy nachos; to others, it means chips n’ dips. If this is you, read on because you are in serious need of a salsa education… and I mean, the tantalising deliciousness of salsa dancing.
To ‘fill one’s soul’ has always seemed an odd expression to me, yet it comes to mind when I think of why salsa is so fantastic. When you attend a salsa lesson, a salsa club, or simply salsa dance in your kitchen, your soul is filled with joy, laughter, sensuality and confidence – you feel liberated. Liberated from your dancing or musical insecurities, you swing and swizzle your hips, tapping your toes until you are forced to stop (usually because the class ends or the club closes – not by choice).
One might think that with the excessive amount of partying that “Geordies” and Newcastle university students enjoy, that there might be a wider variety of clubs and dancing. Unfortunately, this is not so, but I have done my research – which I cannot call research because it was so enjoyable and the term insinuates boring endless trails of useless information – and there are some local salsa gems.
By the end, we were all agreed that salsa had to become a very regular activity.
Revolutión de Cuba, my personal favourite discovery, not only has two cocktails for £10 (stronger than your average drink, too), loyalty cards which include you into their Amigos de Cuba club and giving you a sense of honour, but every Wednesday evening hosts salsa classes which are for all levels of amateur dancers. I took with me three accomplices who were all beginners (I had previously dabbled), and I can confirm that each of them moved their bodies in ways which made us laugh till we could not laugh (nor dance) anymore. They were apprehensive at the beginning, but by the end, we were all agreed that salsa had to become a very regular activity. In fact, we became so involved in the Latino lifestyle that we left to go home and cook fajitas – which funnily enough did include tomato salsa – which we ate whilst ‘salsa-ing’ around our tiny student kitchen.
Salsa is not something everyone should try once, but instead, something everyone should try once a day, every day.
I thought about saying that if, like me, you like to keep busy and are always looking for new adventures to replace the daily visit to the pub to ‘do something’, then salsa is the perfect solution. However, this is not true. Salsa is not something everyone should try once, but instead, something everyone should try once a day, every day. It makes you feel tremendously joyful, and it makes you feel tremendously sexy – what else could you want?