I like to dance. I may be the only columnist on the
Web who would make such an outrageous statement.
Not to put other columnists down, but I can't imagine
Dave Barry breaking out into Salsa or George Will doing
the Lambada. If I could imagine that, I wouldn't, because
it creates a very unpretty picture. With or without
Maybe if they had more time, they would visit their
local dance halls. Heck, Barry lives in Miami, so surely
he could find a decent Latin nightclub there. Wait a
minute, if he had MORE time? Writing a weekly column
shouldn't take that long, maybe on average 15 minutes
a day. I guess the man does have a family and has to
answer fan mail. What does fan mail look like? Maybe
I have some too!
Anyway, back to dancing. Long, long ago, before there
was fire, and before there was Earth, Wind and Fire,
dancing was a popular event amongst humans. Realistically,
they thought dancing would produce fire, but instead,
someone finally rubbed two sticks together to make this
great invention. And I must remind you, Billy Joel had
nothing to do with it.
Nowadays, dancing is seen more as a feminine activity,
at least by many outside observers. Little do they know
that in clubs all across the world there are actually
males, some of whom resemble Michael Jackson, and others
who resemble Andrew Jackson, burning up the dance floor.
If you are perplexed, check out this article on Why
guys dance. If you are ready to move on, put down
that George Will article and get your maracas.
It appears that many males are not comfortable with
their dancing techniques and therefore shy away from
cutting a rug. If you are one of those types, I have
the solution for you: Visit Bustamove
and learn to dance immediately!
Bustamove has combined knowledge with short movie clips
to show the world how to do variations of Salsa, east
and west coast swing, hip hop and wedding dances. For
example, in the Salsa
section, there are beginner, intermediate, advanced
and club steps. Choose the free preview to see a sample
of that particular step. You may be able to learn the
moves just by watching the preview; if you need more
help, you can purchase the series of step-by-step moves.
One word of caution: You might be surprised to learn
that it's overwhelmingly difficult to Salsa by yourself.
Although I was able to practically perfect the Cross-Over
Break with Spot Turn, my dance partner, Broom Outofthecloset,
had trouble with her footing.
I think George and Dave would agree that the only thing
missing from this site is a breakdance section. Don't
worry fellas, just visit Breakdance.com
for all sorts of killer moves. There are videos of some
moves, including the Worm.This
will surely set the place on fire if you can perform
I hope you utilize these links to relieve your reluctancy
to dance the next opportunity you have. Maybe I'll see
you at a club some day. Bring Dave and George too, although
you may have to pull the fire alarm to get them out
of the office.