When was the last time you tried something new? Something that you were afraid of, that took you out of your comfort zone? For me there’s nothing more exciting on taking a gamble on trying a new experience and discovering that you really enjoy it! And by this I mean anything from trying a new restaurant to a new shade of lipstick. It may turn out to be a disaster, sure (bright pink lips reaaally weren’t my thing, no matter how fashionable!) but you may just uncover a new passion.
I guess my aim here is to convince anyone who is curious about giving salsa dancing a try to just be brave and go for it! What have you got to lose? Chances are if you’ve been thinking about it then once you get over any fears and actually turn up to a class, you’ll really enjoy yourself! There’s a reason so many of us are so keen on it ;) I know what you’re thinking though, it’s easy for me to say right? When I try a new salsa class or even a completely new dance style, I turn up with 8 years of experience behind me and I can’t deny that that puts me in a far less nerve-wracking experience than someone trying dance for the first time! Perhaps you are worried about people watching you, about turning up alone or simply that you won’t be able to do it? My question to you is how do you know that these fears are justified until you try it? And isn’t that half the fun? Allow me to share with you my experiences with my latest new challenge…snowboarding.
I always wanted to try it. Don’t snowboarders just like they have so much fun? And so cool! I’m definitely not cool enough to be a snowboarder and I’m afraid of being out of control, falling over and breaking myself. These were the thoughts going through my head when I signed up for a set of lessons on Manchester’s indoor skislope. Across 16 hours of lessons I fell over, lost control, landed on my bum/face more times than I can count on all my fingers and toes (all of which are all still intact luckily)! Slowly and steadily though I was improving and falling over less. It was such an amazing feeling once I could get from the top to the bottom of the slope in one go and with increasing speed, I was ecstatic! I then accidentally bought a snowboard (I like shopping) and today was my first time on the slope without an instructor present. It was terrifying! Suddenly I was out there on my own with no-one to help me and it felt like everyone was watching me as I fell over time and time again. Kids half my size raced past my with ease and grace as I lay flat out in the snow. But every time I got back up, brushed the snow off my hair/bum/face/just about everywhere, and carried on to the bottom. By the end of the session I had forgotten about my fears and just concentrated on improving and most of all enjoying the ride! It was so much fun! And actually when I did take the time to watch others, I realised that I wasn’t the only one falling over and that everyone was so busy concentrating on their own ride that no-one was bothered if I was falling over or not.
I promise you that this will be the case if you were to try salsa! You probably won’t pick it up straight away, there will be some people there who seem to pick it up straight away and you will stand on some toes. Probably your own. But it’s a pretty safe bet that you won’t fall over, and if you do at least you won’t get ice down your back. So be brave and go for it! Ask yourself, what have you got to lose? You might just uncover a hidden talent and a new passion and I’m sure you’ll have have lots of fun along the way! See you on the dancefloor ;)