Monday, October 20, 2008

Baile, baile, baile!

As part of our "immersion" in the Latino culture, we are slowly but surely learning how to Salsa and Merengue! ICA has a clase de baile (dance class) once a week and it really is a lot of fun!

For those of you who don't know much about the different styles of Latin dance, here's a brief synopsis. Merengue is a dance with dos pasos (2 steps). It is the more basic of the two dances, but when you are doing it correctly you'll know because you're hips will be aching! Salsa, a bit more complicated is comprised of tres pasos (3 steps). You've got to constantly be thinking 123, 123, etc. With both of these dances, the guy does all the leading, so he's really got to know his stuff! And even though I have dance background and rhythm in my head, it still isn't easy!

This is a photo from our first clase de baile at ICA, courtesy of our friend Mike Gillman.

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