Each term Raquel and I like to award one stand out student with the Most Outstanding Student Award. Last term, we gave Jasmine Martens the award and I wanted to share a little bit about her journey with Salsabor with you all.

Bachata is my favourite style to dance

In red ribbons and fishnets for the Sydney Bachata Festival

When asked what it is that she loves about dancing Jasmine shared a special quote that summed it all up for her.

Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy and sadness.

“This is exactly how I feel about dancing,” Jasmine said. “Dancing also makes me feel happy, reduces my stress, keeps me fit and it puts a smile on my face. Most of all, it makes me feel alive.”

Even cowboys danced!

Cowgirls dance the best.

And although she loves dance, there is one style that stands out more than any other for Jasmine.

“Bachata is my favourite class because it makes me feel very relaxed, it makes me feel like there is no one else around me except for the partner I am dancing with and it’s about LOVE,” she said.

“I am mad about Bachata. And this term I am really looking forward to mastering my Advanced Bachata class as it is a challenge for me at this point in time, but it is definitely something that I want to do.”

If Bachata ceased to exist tomorrow not all would be lost. There are still dance styles that Jasmine would love to learn.

“I have always wanted to Salsa and Tango. Since I am on the right track at this point in time, once I have accomplished all the levels of the dance styles that I am currently learning, Tango will be my next,” she said.

“Raquel and Andrea, will we have Tango in our studio at some time?”

Possibly! We’ve had it before and we may have it again if there are enough students who want it and if we find the right instructor.

Jasmine will dance until she can't dance anymore

Jasmine having fun with her mama at our end of month wig party

As I thanked Jasmine for taking the time to share her love of dance with us she added:

“Most of all, I would like to thank you and Raquel very much for the birthday surprise. It took my breath away! It was a true surprise that I did not expect. Thank you for my gift too. I really like our new t-shirt. [It] looks really nice.”

“I was so spoilt last night by everyone at the studio. It was lovely. It will be something that I will never forget for the rest of my life.”

“My 23rd [year] turned out to be better than my 21st.”

Thank YOU Jasmine. We love having you as part of our very special Salsabor community.


Her favourite dance to dance, Bachata

One last twirl before we go.