You've seen Dancing with The Stars and how good people look doing those sexy shimmies. And you've wanted to know: Where can I go in Charlotte to learn how to do that?
Rodrigo Jimenez, owner of Charlotte Salsa a local dance studio that teaches Latin-inspired dances, among other disciplines recently talked to Creative Loafing about the sex appeal and the benefits of learning to shake your tail feather.
Creative Loafing: What makes salsa so sexy?
Rodrigo Jimenez: I would say, pretty much the music itself. It's very hyper, and it's music that has a lot of feeling. And when people listen to it, it's like they get into a trance. But it's a good trance. It's something that frees yourself, and your body becomes the way of expressing these feelings. Since it's a partner dance, when you dance with your partner, you always try to become one and communicate with your partner. The main point of that conversation makes the dance so unique. And if your partner is your significant other or you care about that person, it makes it a lot ... stronger and that makes the dance [sexier] and passionate.
Are your Wednesday Salsa Socials a good place to meet new people?
This is the perfect place to come in. It is a free event that we do for the community. It's a really good way to be introduced into salsa because at 8:30 [p.m.], we start with a free lesson. We teach the basics, then from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., it's just dancing. And most of the people that go there are students of ours, and they bring their friends. We create an environment where people don't feel uncomfortable, it's very welcoming and very friendly. A lot of times, people don't want to go to the club because when they come to the studio, it is a more friendly environment.
Do you have to have a partner to attend?
No, you don't have to have a partner, and that's pretty much the point of having the socials. So people can come in and they meet. A lot of people that are students, they come in and meet each other and practice together. But we all dance with each other. A lot of people ask that when they call us. The point is to go out and socialize and meet people.
Why do you think more people are getting into dance?
Dancing has a lot of good effects on people. It's very strong if people want to release stress. It is something that can fill them up. A lot of the people that take classes, they need something . They need their friends; they need to interact with people. They need to feel better about themselves. Dancing can be therapeutic. A lot of the people who take private lessons are going through a divorce, so when we meet privately, it's a lot of talking and not just dance. Sometimes when couples take private lessons together, it makes them stronger. And because of these times and there is a lot more stress, we have more people come in. The people come in, they dance and they relax and they forget about all the problems and they just have a good time.
So, do you want to join in and have a good time dancing or meet some new people like to salsa? Log on to Charlotte Salsa and check out the classes and the Wednesday Night Social.