There is a fresh rhythm on campus, and it is coming from the new Ritmos Latinos Salsa Club.
Created by Andrea Sotosainz, sophomore anthropology major with a love for salsa dancing, the club meets from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Monday and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Wednesday in Aerobics Room C202 in the Athletic Pavilion.
The club is free to join.
No salsa experience?
That is not a problem. This club is open to anyone who is interested in learning to dance.
“Anyone who wants to have fun, young or old, male or female, with any level of experience is welcome. We want anyone ready and willing to learn to come check us out,” said associate professor of Spanish, Ann Hills, the Salsa Club’s faculty adviser.
Sotosainz, who has been dancing salsa for five years, will be there not only to dance with the rest of the club, but to teach some of the classes as well.
“I will teach the basics to the members, but my goal is to have different instructors come teach different routines and styles. Since each instructor has their own approach to dancing, the more you dance with different teachers and partners, the more you learn,” Sotosainz said.
Members, along with getting to dance at every session, will learn the history and legacy of salsa, including the origins of the dances they are being taught and the music they are listening to.
In the first few meetings Ritmos Latinos has held, the aspiring salsa dancers have been having a great time. “The students coming to dance are really enthusiastic and excited about learning the moves. It’s been a lot of fun so far,” Sotosainz said.
Feedback from fellow La Verne students about the club has been very positive.
Sophomore political science major Nick Pozo though not currently a member, expressed interest when hearing about the club.
“I would be really interested in joining a club like this. I have some experience with salsa dancing, and it’s a lot of fun,” Pozo said.
Even students without experience are interested in checking it out. “I think the idea is cool, and even if I wasn’t interested in dancing myself, it would be neat to watch a club like this perform,” Danielle Jones, senior broadcast journalism major said.
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