Scarlet’s Blog

scarlettDance has been part of my life since I was 15-years-old. I was born and raised in Mexico and I owe my parents for their support and vision throughout my childhood and adolescence.

My father owned a salsa dance academy and at age 16, I was teaching classes. My father knew that it was something natural for me and helped me to become successful. My parents have helped me by offering up their time and energy and giving me the opportunity to take professional dance lessons.

When I dance, I feel energy takes over my body that allows me to express myself. There is energy and emotion. I feel beauty and grace and I enjoy doing it; that’s what it’s about.

That is why I dance. Everyone should try salsa!

The Salsa Community Abroad

CollageLiving in a foreign country can make you feel very lonely. But what makes it easier to live abroad is to find and be part of an inclusive community. Latin dance has been very popular internationally, especially among students. In my case, I attended a salsa class for the first time when I was abroad, in Mexico.

Unsurprisingly, there were many participants but unexpectedly, most of the community was made up of international students. This did not seem too strange to me being a Latin American country. However, years later, I travelled to Italy for an intercultural exchange, not knowing of the existence of a salsa dance community until I followed my neighbour to one of the events organized by an association of international students. The most popular classes among the students was salsa. There was even a waiting list to register! I did not think salsa or Latin dance, in general, would arouse such intense interest for people across the Atlantic, but I was wrong.

At first, everyone feels intimidated to learn to dance something new, especially in front of a large audience of strangers. It happened to me although I had already taken one or two classes before. It also scared me to join, not only to find people perhaps more experienced than I was, but also because I did not feel included in the group. Fortunately, this was not the case, and joining a salsa class and events abroad not only opened me up to meet new people, it allowed me to try something fun and challenging. Through that community, I found a sense of inclusion and unity.




El baile ha sido parte de mi vida desde los 15 años. Nacido y criado en México, tengo que agradecer a mis padres por su visión y estímulo. Mi padre tiene una compañía de baile de salsa y tuve la suerte de ser parte de ella. A los 16 años me convertí en instructora de […]


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