When I first received the invitation to teach the class, I was anxious to see who would join; even a little nervous that no one would! I began looking at some of my Salsa II students like a hungry lion looks at a gazelle in the grass, thinking, "I want YOU on the team!" I had choreographed for other salsa groups in the past, but had the luxury of more frequent rehearsals with people with more flexible schedules, but in no time, I had enough students to run the class. The routine featured both partnering and solo shines that displayed the students' knowledge of Salsa II moves and their ability to work with one another. Spectators at our first performance commented that they enjoyed seeing a group mixed in with an evening of mostly dance duets. Following that performance, I received some requests for a Rueda-themed formation. For those readers who may not know what "Rueda" is, it means "circle" in Spanish. Therefore, Salsa Rueda = salsa in a circle. It involves couples executing moves as a group announced by one "caller." It also features partner changes and fun vocal calls. I love it because it gives everyone a chance to dance with everyone on the team, and the lead-and-follow format blends the teaching of material with memorization of choreography. I agreed to try it once to see how it went, and in fact, it went so well that the theme stuck and we are still dancing Rueda to this day.
The things I enjoy most about teaching the formation class are: 1.) Seeing students grow and challenge themselves to try new things. That's what dance is all about. I am so proud of everyone for their patience, support, and hard work, and the salsa formation team is living proof that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it. 2.) Getting to know my students on a personal level. We spend a good deal of time laughing and having fun in class that it's almost like a group therapy session. Every member brings something new and different to the team, so it's a very diverse group of people (and we all know variety is the spice of life). We are always welcoming new members to the team, so don't be shy- get your shoes on and let's dance!
Next performance: DC Dance Challenge- Saturday, October 6, 2013.
The premier of the Salsa Formation team at the Forever Dancing 2012 Spring Showcase
The Forever Dancing 2nd Anniversary & Open House
The 2012 DC Dance Challenge at Glen Echo Park
The team before the 2013 DC Travel & Adventure Show
Having fun in our paper penguin hats at the DC Convention Center