|Salsa dancing, my absolute favorite!|
I remember the first time I heard this song on the radio while driving in my car. It was just earlier this year, and I felt like my spirit was going to jump out of my body! I loved it from the beginning! The beat, the musicality and the lyrics made me want to get up and dance. But I'm getting ahead of myself...
My love of dancing started at the tender age of 14. Born and raised on the border of Mexico, it seemed like every other girl my age was preparing for or having a quinceañera (a big, 15th birthday party). It's the equivalent of an American Sweet 16 celebration. Only, where I come from, it's comparable to a mini-wedding. While I had the option of having one, I was not interested.
Thus, I became everyone's dama (English translation: lady—similar to a bridesmaid), which meant I got to dance in my fair share of quinceañeras. I was in so many that I did not feel like I missed out by not having my own. I was quite familiar with the whole process, and enjoyed it.
|Being turned while dancing in my very first quinceañera. I was hooked!|
While I did not do any salsa dancing during this time, it gave me the foundation I needed for it. Originating in Cuba, salsa is similar to the traditional Mexican cumbia. I learned how to dance this when I lived in Des Moines, Iowa, and instantly fell in love with it! It was lots of fun and great exercise, too! With a "one, two three...five, six, seven," beat, I quickly became familiar with artists like Celia Cruz and Marc Anthony—giants in the world of salsa, if you will.
|This was a fun ladies' weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota. |
We went salsa dancing and spent a day at the spa...sigh.
|Beau, me and Beau's beard at the Marc Anthony concert|
—it was an amazing show!