“I’ve met so many great friends, and I always look forward to my dance classes”– Praise indeed from the student who the Salsabor team have voted as being the most outstanding overall in Term 1.
United with us by our mutual love of dance, Anne has become a familiar face at Salsabor. Her joy and enthusiasm are plainly evident, both when she talks about the subject and also in plain sight – her joy is written all over her face. We’re delighted that she agreed to share her story, telling us exactly why dance now plays such a pivotal role in her life.
When and why did you start at Salsabor?
“I began in 2017, signing up for term one, Salsa 2. I’d been learning Salsa Rueda for a couple of years and was keen to progress to Linear Salsa. And that was it – I was hooked! Since then I’ve taken pretty much every class Salsabor has to offer. I’m well and truly addicted. And to steal a well-known a slogan, ‘Once you pop, the fun don’t stop’. Although, of course, dance is way, way better for you than eating Pringles…”
What do you love about dancing?
“For me, it’s all about the technique and timing. I not only love learning new moves, but I really get into the theory behind them too. I guess that’s the thing about learning new, fun things; The more I learn, the more I realise I don’t know. And then there’s the social aspect. I’ve met so many lovely people, and dancers are such a diverse, interesting crowd.”
What’s your favourite class and why?
“Oh! What a hard question. I love them all, so it’s hard to pick just one. I suppose that because I’ve done Salsa for the longest it’ll always have a special place in my heart. When it comes to what I love watching and aspiring to it has to be Zouk and the Cha Cha. But Bachata is definitely the style I feel most comfortable with. Ha! That’s a pretty non-committal answer, I know.
And then, I took Burlesque and Belly Dance for the first time last term. They were such great fun – we had so many laughs. And then I had the added experience of training for a performance too. I’m not really someone who would usually seek out such an opportunity, but I really, really enjoyed it. Having such a goal to work towards really makes you think about proper technique. I’d recommend it to anyone.”
What’s your favourite song to dance to?
“It has to be Video Games by Lana Del Rey – the Zouk remix. I love the song, it’s just my style – hauntingly beautiful. Or, as my friends would say, sad and depressing… Ha ha.”
How has dance changed your life?
“Oh, in so many ways. I’ve made so many great friends, and I always look forward to my dance classes. At the end of a long day at work I know hitting the studio will always make me smile. And, as an added benefit, learning dance has also improved my timing when I do classes at the gym. Not just Zumba, but even my weight class (Body Pump) where I’m constantly tapping along with the beat.”
When you’re not dancing, you’re ..
…“at the gym, exploring a gallery, catching up with friends over food, watching trashy TV shows…”