An Attempt at Salsa

One night my friends and I decided to go to a Cuban restaurant for a salsa lesson. For the 40 peso charge, we got a two-hour class, a plate of food — and if we had stayed long enough — a salsa music and dance show. Only one girl among us actually had some dancing experience, so she was placed in the advanced group. The rest of us beginners, however, fumbled and tripped our way around the dance floor, trying to master the ostensibly simple steps.

I couldn’t help but think of a scene from an episode of the t.v. show Friends, in which Monica takes a tap class even though she really can’t dance. Instead of trying to follow what the teacher and the rest of the class is doing, she does some of her own crazy moves. The instructor calls out, “Hey, you’re doing it all wrong!” and Monica replies “Yeah, but at least I’m doing it!”

So at least we did it!

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