Every Tuesday I co-teach salsa/rueda classes at the Oasis dance club, in Ithaca, NY. This week it went really well. For the salsa class I started out with a new person who showed up. Nancy, my co-teacher, came later around the same time as a couple who usually show up late, and so she worked with them. After that was the intermediate rueda class where people were kept on task and the class moved along at a good pace. As usual I called and we had fun just doing rueda. I also got the class to take turns calling two moves each for a song or two. We reviewed part of the setenta family and made their execution a little cleaner: setenta, setenta cubano, setenta, con alma, and setenta por abajo. This time I showed one guy, who was ahead of the rest, setenta moderno, and at the end of class Nancy worked with another who is obsessed with ponle sabor.
The Latin night that followed, however, was the polar opposite. The typical Latin night with the same old tired music being played. This time it was saved by the people who showed up. There were a couple people whom I hadn’t seen in months – one who remembered I taught her bachata – plus a new Architecture professor with her friend. It was a friend’s birthday, and she really loved the dance that I did with her
So, was it a teaching or a salsa Tuesday, or a bit of both? Well, let’s see. The lessons were good, the socializing was great…the music par for the course, tasting like week old food. A teaching Tuesday, for sure. Unless the music is inspirational it never is a salsa Tuesday.