This week is our last session of Salsaholics Anonymous for 2018, and the end of my third year of running Salsaholics after Sunny Devine decided to step aside (I’ve been involved with Salsaholics now for a total of 13 years). Since the beginning, Salsaholics has taught over 2,000 students. Since I became the owner, we’ve collectively learned over 100 unique choreographies in the Repertoire class of both salsa and bachata, and have performed basic steps, spot turns, cross-body leads, travelling turns, hammerlocks, and a few miscellaneous styling things more than I can count to everything from Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star to Ed Sheeran’s The Shape of You, with a whole bunch of Latin music mixed in for “sabor.” Along the way, we’ve been very fortunate to have had four great administrators, and a wonderful gaggle of Salsa Dealers.
Admittedly, it’s been quite the challenge to come up with new choreographies, new reflections for my weekly, “Mark’s Lead” essays, not to mention the complete descriptions breaking down each choreography. In 2018, we completed our 13th year of hosting Sidewalk Salsa along with our good friend (and former Salsa Dealer) Ravi, and have had the great pleasure and honour of welcoming new dancers to the dance almost every week. All in all, it’s been a “happy old year” that is about to pass into the annals of history.
We’ll be back in 2019 on January 10. We hope the new year will bring joy, happiness, health, and prosperity to all of you and those whom you love. Truly, it has been an honour and a pleasure to have been able to share your individual dance journeys with you, and in a couple of weeks, I look forward to the second Thursday in January when I will hopefully…
See you on the dance floor.