Have you ever seen the movie dirty dancing, or seen Salsa video and said, “Man I wish I could dance like that.”
UNC Charlotte offers free Salsa classes for both beginner and advance levels. The one hour long classes are taught Mondays and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. in the group fitness classroom in the Student Activity Center.
Each class starts out with a quick five minute warm up where the instructor Wendy Jimenez makes you stretch your whole body. The stretches begin from your shoulders, to your chest, to your rib cage, to your hips, to your legs and finish off with your feet.
Jimenez always emphasizes on how important the stretches are since they help you with the actual body movement required to dance.
After the warm-up is over, if there are new dancers, Jimenez goes over the basic steps in the dance which are always essential to practice and perfect.
After the warm-up and going over the basic steps, the real fiesta beings. Salsa is not only a fun dance, but requires the dancer to let loose and enjoy his or herself.
For the rest of the class every individual is partnered up, and learns a certain spin or turn in addition to the basic step. After a minute of practicing as a couple both the leader and follower switch partners, this helps both the leader and the follower not to get use to just one move.
For those who have no idea how to salsa, but have wanted to get involved with it, join the class. Even though the semester is coming to an end, the Salsa classes will be held same time same place next semester and Jimenez will continue to teach.
Jiminez and her husband Rodrigo, who taught Salsa last semester, also have a dance studio where they teach more Salsa classes.
So next time you want to try something new and exciting try Salsa, a dance that will shake up your routine and make you look forward to Mondays and Wednesdays.