I come from a very generic American background. There really isn’t any single country that I can claim as my heritage as my distant relatives mixed with other nationalities as often as they could. Well, every European, caucasian nation, that is. Likely because of this, I don’t have a dancing or even generic rhythm gene in my body. So in a desperate attempt to improve my dance skills, we headed to the Salsa capital of the world: Cali, Colombia.
While in Cali, we discovered 6 different types of dances.
Basic Salsa Dancing:
Generally done by infants and foreigners.
Private Salsa Instruction:
If you want to impress your friends and family, or just look like you have some idea of what you’re doing on the dance floor, this is the best route.
Salsa Club Dancing:
The dance floor heats up in more than ways than one.
Rockin’ costumed bodies covered in glitter, paired with crowd participation. Learn to shake like never before.
Professional Salsa Dancing:
If you aren’t sucked in by the hawtness of the dance, you will be engrossed by how unbelievably fast they can rhythmically move.
When someone finally decides to leave Cali after 4 months, sometimes hostel owners feel it appropriate to give that person a farewell they’ll never forget.