When I started dancing salsa a few years ago in 2012, there were a lot of misconceptions about latin dancing.Most people think it’s ballroom. Men shy away from it because dancing is, uhmm, ‘effeminate’.
Salsa nights were only once a week on Wednesdays at MAYA. There were only three men in the city who could dance salsa; and the only styles taught was the Cuban style.
Years later, everyone now knows about salsa. Cebu salsa nights became affectionately known as a ‘tita thing’, but the crowd they draw in is far from our beloved, high-class titas: seeing an international, hip and young crowd of diverse nationalities.
Salsa nights are now done three times a week in MAYA (among other places) and along with salsa dance festival such as the Cebu International Beach Festival held at Solea Mactan Resort every 4th weekend of January.
Still not convinced in trying latin dancing? We’ll give you five good reasons why salsa is always a good idea (and we are NOT talking about the dip!)
- It’s never a sausage party.
At a female-to-male ratio of 5:1, it will never be a sausage party. Men who can dance are flocked and adore by women. It is actually the ladies who approach the men and ask them to dance with them!
Men, hear this: it is only during salsa nights you would see the rare times when the woman actually listens to you!
- You learn important life skills
Dance isn’t just about physical activity and musicality. A huge part of salsa is knowing how to listen. It’s understanding subtle body language, hand signals, knowing where to go, when to turn, and being in tune with your partner and yourself. It’s about fine tuning intuition and understanding what they meant without even uttering a word.
- You can do it wherever in the world!
Salsa is a very convenient hobby to do. There’s no need of heavy-duty or expensive equipment or outfit to get you into latin dancing. Plus, in every big city in the world there’s always a thriving salsa scene! All you need is to pack your dancing shoes and you are good to go.
It’s great to check out the latin dancing scene whenever you travel. Even if you do not know the language, dancing is a universal language and it is easy to make friends in the local dancing scene.
- Go for the 2-in-1 specials.
If not for the dancing, check out Maya Mexican Restaurant’s 2-in-1 specials! They have 2-in-1 mojitos on the salsa nights: mojitos and cuba libres, depending on the day you’ll come.
- It’s HOT!
The biggest reason is really that salsa is sultry, sizzling hot. It’s hot to see a man dance and know how to lead. And it’s hot for women to flip their hair and move their hips like that.
If you would like to check out the salsa social events, come to Maya Mexican Restaurant. It is part of the Abaca group of restaurants and located in The Crossroads, Banilad. Come to Maya at Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays when the second floor transforms into a salsa dance floor.
Address: The Crossroads, Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Kasambagan, Cebu City
Opening Times: Open everyday, 5PM to 1AM
Average Cost: 2 drinks for 180 PHP for 2-in-1 nights on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Facebook: MAYA Mexican Restaurant
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CEBU SALSA CLUB CLASSES, FESTIVALS AND EVENTS:
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