When I was in high school about 394 years ago, music was a huge part of my life. As in, between rehearsals, classes, lessons, etc., I would average 5 – 6 hours a day in an orchestra or choir-related activity.

Upon arriving to college and deciding to go for 2 degrees in 4 years, work and volunteer all at the same time (bad idea for maintaining sanity, BTW), there was hardly time to sleep, much less be involved in any sort of music group. To go from having music play such a significant role in my life to being more or less nonexistent was pretty terrible, to say the least. I needed an outlet but didn’t have enough time to devote to an orchestra, so I enrolled in a dance class instead – salsa! 

Post UO, I moved to Austin for work and continued dancing, branching out to many other Latin dance styles including merengue, cha cha, samba and my current favorite, Bachata! It was something I still loved and also happened to be an easy social activity to attend alone, which worked out nicely for the girl who moved across the country to a city where she knew a grand total of 0 people. (: 

While out last week, a friend took a short video of me dancing. In the 7ish years of dancing salsa, I had actually only seen 1 other video of me, so it was fun to watch and see what I was doing well and what needed a little (or a lot) of TLC. (: Slowly but surely, I’m making progress!

The 1st video is from the other night and the 2nd video is at one of my first salsa recitals – about 7 years ago!

Salsa & Tap

I was never a dancer in high school, so I’ve always wondered why I recently became so interested. The best conclusion I’ve reached is that because I was once “hardcore” involved in music, basically from the 2nd grade through high school – towards high school when I became more serious, between early bird rehearsals, sections, classes, private lessons, symphony rehearsals, practicing, concerts, etc., I was spending on average at least 4-5 hours each day playing the violin/singing in choir/playing piano. The summer after my senior year we had daily rehearsals that lasted about 6 hours each, beginning the week after we graduated through July, when we left to compete the the Vienna Youth and Music Festival. 

Once I came to the U of O, with school and work, I didn’t have the hours to dedicated to music. Enter my newfound passion: dance! I figure it’s a way to fill the musical/artsy void I’ve been missing!! (except for this year I formed/joined a string quartet which is beginning to come together nicely!!!!) Anyway, thus far I’ve taken swing, hip hop, tap, salsa, meringue when I studied in Mexico (we were also taught this dance native to the Michocan region, but gosh knows if I remember it’s name)…

So this past term I took tap and salsa – my friend took a video unbeknownst to me; however, I now have my hands on the videos, so here they are!!! One final side note…as I am still an amateur, don’t judge me (yet) on my dancing abilities!!