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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Salsa Class at The 411 in Winston Salem

So I randomly decided to join a salsa class at a club called "the 411" in Winston Salem. It was fun, we did it in a way that we kept rotating and switching partners. Since there were about 9 guys and 8 girls (including the instructor), a guy's out of a partner 1 out of 9 "rotations". I learned the basic Salsa 6-step, the instructor taught some bells and whistles in addition to the 6 steps, such as the steps to rotate to the next partner, both the girl's version and the guy's version.

Since we rotated quickly, with each rotation lasting anywhere between 10 seconds and 45 seconds (depending on when the teacher calls it), I had multiple sessions with each girl. I enjoyed almost all of them. With most of them, I'd be polite, and ask for their names while we're doing the 6-step in a coordinated pattern (guess it's the basic Salsa version of the 2-step). I gave some of them a small compliment, such as "I like the way your waist moves when you do the side step", or "I like that thing you do with your hips".

The best dancer there seemed to be a Southeastern Asian American chick, in her early 30's. She's average looking by DC standards, above average looking by Carolina standards. She obviously has done this before, added her own little fancy twist and turn with each step, etc. She just seemed super arrogant, and when it's time to switch partners, she gave that arrogant dismissive pointing finger, telling the guys which way to go (myself included), almost like a girl in a club telling you to "take a hike". She seemed to be overly confident, almost like overcompensating for something else, but I'd imagine her to be what PUA's call "high social value" in that setting at that specific time.

Overall, I had an awesome time, and at least I now know the basics of the Salsa step (even though I probably look like a dumbass doing it.


Anonymous Sarah said...

Paul, Have you considered that "I like that thing you do with your hips" might be considered sexual harassment, not a "small compliment" as you seem to think? I would probably slap you if you said that to me.

5/16/2008 5:05 PM  
Blogger Paul Zhao said...

The girl took it as a compliment. And for me to say that, the girl has to actively try to do something with her hips on a sway, and she did it intentionally, wanted to get noticed.

But there's something to be said about uptight women.......they're suspicious of physical compliments, they give that vibe fairly clearly, and in turn, they get complimented a lot less.

5/19/2008 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Adenadrian said...

I like Salsa dancing because it creates more energy in my body and is refreshing for my mind. Salsa dancing learning technique is easy. It is a step-by-step dancing and it makes for a close relationship between lovers. Salsa dancing soothes my mind and helps me to forget my problems.

7/17/2009 8:23 AM  

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