Dancing is an extremely vast form of creativity and expression with many styles and sub genres. Although I can appreciate and enjoy each and every one of these, I fell in love with Salsa many years ago and it stuck with me the same way I stuck to it. There are several aspects of salsa dancing I absolutely love which inspire me to dance. It all starts with the music – the beat of the drums and the rhythm of the strings and trumpets creates electricity within me needing to be released in the form footwork and arm styling. The difference between the fast paced quickness and precision slowness relationship between the music and movements has always been appealing to me. I am an avid fashion follower and am inspired by this aspect of salsa dancing too – from the extravagance of costumes to the colours and representation of style as well as the confidence to try new and bold looks. The people inspire me and the way they show their own uniqueness within the community of dancing. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from or what your background is – everyone is one.
The beauty about dancing in any style or form is that it is an universal language. We may all come from different places in the world, but we all understand the movement of the body in the form of dance and the enjoyment thereof. I am personally inspired when I am introduced to new cultures through dancing such as going to the theatre to see different dance companies from all around the world perform, YouTube and the internet expose me to many different styles of dancing, artists, tutorials and blogs which broaden my knowledge and skills on a daily basis. The studio where I teach my students as well as take classes is a very special place to me – it has always been there for me during the good times and the bad, and I owe a great deal of my inspiration to this place of learning.