Valentine’s Day 2011, Hubby surprised me with a Living Social voucher for a 1hour dance lesson. This was a step totally out of his comfort zone. My husband DOES NOT DANCE!! He slow two-stepped through our first wedding dance. With the exception of his dance with his mom, I don’t think he returned to the dance floor that night. While on our Honeymoon, I convinced him to participate a Salsa lesson on board the cruise ship. Since those two instances, I may have danced with my husband twice in the last 5years!! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone places where the music is bumping and I’m out tearing up the dance floor while he’s holding up the wall!. So, I was brought to tears when I recieved the email with the voucher.
Well, that was February 2011. The voucher was good for 1year. As the expiration date fastly approached, I finally called to schedule our lesson. Due to our schedule and that of the studio, we weren’t able to get a private lesson in time. However, we were able to use our voucher for group begining latin dance class. It turned out to be a better deal because the class lasted 1 1/2 hours!
We got up early Saturday, the class started at 10am on the other side of town. RJ’s sitter arrived bright and early and we headed out to get our dance on! Our instructor, Antonio, was very thin man with a heavy Spanish accent and there were three other couples ready to dance.
First we learned the Merengue. This was my favorite. The instructor said merengue is like the gateway to Latin dance. It was very easy to pick up. I loved the turns, though Hubby nearly pulled my arm out of its socket during one of them:|
Next up was the Rumba. I’m not a fan. It’s slow and he had us add a turn. Well, trying to turn, not pivot, while chanting, “Slow, quick, quick, slow…” just wasn’t working for me!
The third dance was Salsa! Now this, I knew! I mean don’t we all do some version of Salsa everytime we hear Reggaton, or any song with a Latin beat. If not, haven’t we all seen Victor Cruz do it enough, in the last few months, to know how it’s done?!
Then, we learned the Sha Sha Sha. If you are wondering what that is, you are not alone *MJ voice*!! Once we figured out Antonio was saying Cha Cha Cha, I think it went pretty well. I honestly don’t remember much about this one.
Finally, we learned the Tango. I always imagined the Tango as it’s done on television. The episode of ‘Living Single’ with Max and Kyle doing the dance in some restaurant comes to mind. Either that or at least a rose clinched between my teeth! Well we looked nothing like that. As I said, my husband isn’t a dancer and the Tango commands that the male take the lead. With Hubby being totally out of his element, that wasn’t going to happen. Honestly, it didn’t happen with any of the other couples either. We were the sorriest looking group of Tango dancers ever!!
We had a blast!! It was great to experience and learn something new with Hubby. I think we will definitely have to go back so we can keep our skills fresh;)