What Could Be a Better Workout Than a Night Of Salsa Dancing?!

23 Mar

I have mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of exercise. I only like it when it’s fun, and usually it’s some sort of a sports game like tennis, volleyball, or ice skating. There is one more fun activity I’d like to share with everyone, which is guaranteed to boost your mood to the sky, leave tons of positive emotions for the whole week ahead, and make you exercise without even noticing, and that is salsa dancing!

Do you remember the scene from the movie “Along Came Polly” when she took him to the salsa club? 

I’m talking about clubs exactly like that! Los Angeles is full of hidden jewels like a little bar called Mama Juana’s, where my husband and I go sometimes. It’s a small little place with live band playing Latin American music. It’s very easy to just pass by without even noticing it if you don’t know what this place is. You don’t even have to know how to dance; you’ll catch up with it as you go. The trick is to find the right bar or night club and someone to spend time with, whether it’s your boyfriend, fiancee, husband, or just your girlfriends. The cool thing is that many of those little clubs offer free lessons before the actual dancing starts. Usually it’s a 30- to 45-minute drill where they teach you basic steps, then the crowd starts to appear, and later on you are on your own dancing the night away. In fact, that’s how I learned about Mama Juana’s; my girlfriends were going there almost every week for salsa classes and were staying later on to mingle with the crowd because apparently you can always find a partner to dance with right there. My husband and I went there for the first time back when we were still dating. I made sure our little romantic date wouldn’t intersect with my friends being there because as much as I love them, I didn’t want any familiar faces witnessing our tryouts. We both knew how to dance salsa, so we skipped the learning session and went there when the dancing was in the full bloom. We sat at the bar, ordered a couple of mojitos and decided to give it a little time for the drinks to kick in and meanwhile adjust to the situation. I should say that when you go to such a club for the first time, you might feel a little bit intimidated by other people’s skills. But it’s impossible to resist the tunes of live salsa music playing, and whether you want it or not, your feet will drag you to the dance floor! We started out with shy, basic moves, adjusting to each other’s style, but already after the first song he was spinning and twirling me like we had been competitively dancing our whole lives. There’s something very intimate about dancing together, especially Latin dances like salsa. It’s a magical feeling that enriches a relationship with hot steamy passion.

There isn’t really a downside to it. It’s a tons of fun and an awesome idea for a romantic date night. And it’s also a great work out. **Side note, ladies, if you ever decide to go salsa dancing, try to avoid stiletto shoes, which can ruin your evening! The best are ballroom dancing shoes that are strapped around your ankle, something like this (see photo).

All the best,

— Vita (:


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