Repost of first Medium Blog

Why I started writing about music and dance

There’s nothing I love more than dancing. I’ve always felt music intensely and, ever since my first ballet class as a girl, I’ve never been able to ignore the magnetic pull that dance has on me. However, after high school, I did what any good Caribbean student was expected to do. I went to college and got an engineering degree then pursued a career as an aerospace engineer.

Oddly, my first engineering job is what lead me back to dancing. I had never danced salsa before but a couple of my coworkers were salsa instructors, so I showed up to class out of pure curiosity. To say that I discovered myself in salsa music and dance would still be a gross understatement. Now, it’s weird to even think about my life pre-salsa dancing. I’m still a bit baffled at why it took me so long to find it. But, that doesn’t matter.

I’ve spent the last five years in an intense love affair with this dance form. It brings me peace, tranquility, and manic euphoria in a single package. I’ve traversed states and countries for my salsa fix and I’ve immersed myself in the pursuit of dance education and skills. Ask me what I would bring to a desert island, the answer would be “A comprehensive of Cuban music, a hardwood dance floor, and my boyfriend.”

Why I Am Starting This Blog

Despite my passion for dance, I’m still very much a scientist. And my biggest frustration throughout the years has been finding factual and thorough information regarding the social dances I enjoy. I suspect that many of my fellow social dance enthusiasts feel this frustration. So, I’ve decided to be the change I want to see in the social dance scene. Subscribe to my blog for daily dance educational content that can help you gain a deeper understanding of the social dances you enjoy and help inform your pursuit of deeper artistic expression.

I’ll cover the histories of popular social dances including, but not limited to:

  1. Salsa, in all its variations. So, simmer down Cuban, NY, and LA peeps.
  2. Dancehall
  3. Kizomba
  4. Bachata
  5. Cha Cha Cha
  6. Semba
  7. Break Dancing
  8. Two-step

I’ll also explore some of the beautiful but more obscure dance forms from around the world.

My Promise To You

I’m not a professor. I can’t promise to get everything right all the time. My goal for this blog is to provide well-researched, thoughtful, and factual content. If I get something wrong, please feel welcome to let me know in the comments. My goal isn’t to arm you with a false sense of security. My goal is to help you deepen your understanding so you can grow, not just as a social dancer, but as a complete dancer. I look forward to engaging in spirited conversations on my blog posts with my followers.

P.S Be sure to follow my YouTube channel to enjoy my social dancing adventures with me.