Meet Anne 😍
How did you get into learning Salsa and Bachata in Singapore?
Pure chance! All it took was a click on Instagram 😂
Salsa and bachata were both foreign to me. Back home, salsa would be akin to a tortilla dip, and bachata - well, I didn't even know what it was. Lol. This was until a close friend of mine from Uni shared to us her experience from joining Salsa social dances. She mentioned how fun and therapeutic it was and so I became interested. Unfortunately though, I never had the chance to join her before I moved to SG.
Fast forward to late last year, I was supposed to book a pole dance class with my colleague when I stumbled upon Caliente Dance Studio's post on trial dance classes. Since I've always wanted to try social dancing, I immediately booked for a dance class. When I showed up at the trial class, it was love at first step! 😍 Now I know, there's more to Salsa than a tortilla dip.
What is your favorite dance class and why?
I love all my Bachata classes - partner, lady styling and performance. And that says a lot about the amazing team of Caliente Dance Studio teachers because I can't choose one!🙈
Partner classes because you get to dance with someone (yay!) and really mingle with other people. The teachers also make it a fun and comfortable learning environment for all.
I absolutely also adore Lady Styling classes. It could be such a handful (pun intended) at times. But with practice, all those body rolls and hair flicks would be beautiful to watch - something one can apply even for Partner dances.
Lastly, Performance Team: learning a choreo as a team, putting on a nice costume and dancing outdoors - need I say more? ;)
What do you enjoy the most about dancing Salsa and Bachata?
Being in a typical 9 to 6 job, dancing has been a great catharsis for me to escape the mundane. I would always look forward to my classes after work because it helps me to unwind. It had also provided me with a creative and sociable way to work out. Bonus: gaining new drinking buddies...I mean, friends -from dancing in Caliente!🤭
What reasons will you give to someone to start learning how to dance Salsa and Bachata?
Dance for F-U-N:
F - Fitness: Dancing is such a nice way to stay fit because it improves the physical and mental health for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. The increased level of physical activity and exercise offers a lot of benefits for your immunity. And because the body releases happy hormones while dancing, your temperament also improves, so it’s a win-win situation all the way around.
U - Upgrade: You upgrade yourself when you learn a new dance, just like learning any other skill. There's always this sense of accomplishment whenever you level up in the courses or be able to do a challenging move. In this sense, it also helps to gain self confidence.
N - Network: I love how dancing brings people of different backgrounds together. This gives you an opportunity to increase your network and gain new friends. I feel blessed to have found friends from Caliente who I can regularly go to socials practica with or even for cool activities outside of dancing.
In short, dance for F-U-N! And certainly because it's fun ;)
Which Salsa or Bachata song do you like the most?
Propuesta Indecente by Romeo Santos, for sure. It's my classic favorite bachata song.❤️ Animals by Alex & Sierra is a close second!
For Salsa, I like 5 Minutos by Ivan Venot & Toni Velardi.
Thank you for sharing your salsa and bachata dance passion with us!
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