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Caliente Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk Student Spotlight - Keane

Today, let us introduce to you one of our Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and Zouk partner social dance student🥰❤️‍🔥

Meet Keane!

Tell us a little about yourself!

Hi! My name is Keane. I am from Singapore, although I've spent my last 6-7 years living overseas. It's good to be home and I am happy to get to know all of you.

How did you get into learning Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and/or Zouk dance in Singapore?

There are many reasons, and fate and stars to align... I'll just share the main ones. It started way back around a decade ago. A lot of my expatriate friends in Singapore are learning Salsa dance and told me that it is a fun activity and a great way to get to know people as a foreigner in a new country.

I joined them occasionally but didn't really get into it back then. Things changed when I became an expatriate myself in Montreal, Canada where I remembered the life tip and learned Salsa and Bachata social dancing more seriously for a couple of years. I wasn’t that good and was still not feeling confident so I didn’t really attend a lot of social parties and practice then. I stopped after I moved to Hong Kong later.

But now that I am back in Singapore, I went to Caliente Dance Studio to take a single Bachata social dance trial class because a friend told me about the dance studio. So happened that the day I've decided to show up was the Caliente Open House in Sep 2022. I've had lots of fun then, especially the monthly Caliente Latin Sunset latin pool party, and really liked the dance studio vibe here so I stayed on.

What is your favourite dance class and why?

Right now, I am more into Salsa as the music is really upbeat and enjoyable, the moves are super fun and technical to execute. It feels amazing when it works and we get into the flow during the dance. I am constantly learning a lot about how the human body moves, and the natural connection for the dance to happen magically and unchoreographed.

What do you enjoy the most about dancing Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and/or Zouk?

It is fun to learn a new skill, to get my body moving and to appreciate new music genres. But most importantly, I also enjoyed the social aspect of this hobby. On my recent trip back to Hong Kong, I was able to just show up at a social dance party to dance with strangers and get to make so many new friends bonded by a common love and passion for Latin dancing. Not to mention the dance community and friends in Caliente Dance Studio - both for the other guys who give me tips to improve, and the ladies, who tolerated dancing with me when I was (and still am) struggling to execute the moves and be on-beat.

What reasons will you give to someone to start learning how to dance Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and/or Zouk?

Dancing is a very entertaining way to exercise and creatively stimulating activity to activate both the brain and body. Also, it is always useful to learn an international language for making new friends everywhere around the world. Another thing! For those who’ve stopped dancing after a while, try to restart. Come back again, and keep going. Bottlenecks happen, but eventually from my experience, resetting with a fresh perspective, a little grit and consistency can pay off, and you know the reward is worth it.

Which Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and/or Zouk song do you like the most?

For Salsa, I like "Que Locura Enamorarme De Ti" by Eddie Santiago, and upbeat and catchy “Conga” by Gloria Esteban. Cantopop legend George Lam wrote a rap cover of it, and I appreciate this cross-cultural, cross-genre aspect of music.

Bachata wise, I like the upbeat music of "Bachata A Lo Loco" by Dustin Richie, and the more chill Bachata remix of "Me Acostumbre" by Arcangel ft. Bad Bunny.

Caliente Team.

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