Welcome to Episode 93 of the Salsa Kings LIVE podcast
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This very special episode of Salsa Kings Live is all about how you can apply dance as well as the lessons this podcast gives about dance to your daily life. Andres is joined by fellow dance teacher Natasha Ferrera. Natasha is a second generation ballroom dancer with twenty-six years of dancing to her name and is versed in twenty-nine dances as both lead and follow. She has all trained and competed internationally. Even now she is working on the Florida west coast to expand interest in dance in the area, particularly bachata. Suffice to say that she knows her stuff.
Born into a family that danced -a Jamaican mother and a Columbian father that toured dancing around the world- she grew up watching them dance and inside the dance culture her entire life. Finding an affinity more for dance than for music, she ended up following into her parents’ footsteps. She went to arts schools where she studied dance of various different types. At seventeen, she went to the Broadway theater project to study dance under Broadway masters. It was this support that helped her become such a skilled dancer.
It is this understanding that Natasha wants you to understand the importance of showing up. If you want to do something, the first and most important step is to try. You may fail at first, you may be incredibly bad at first, but it’s important more than anything. It can be daunting and intimidating, of course, but it will never happen if you don’t actually attempt it. Natasha discusses how it was a very intimidating and intense time to work, particularly during her time in Europe. She also speaks on how intensely she was working the basics, being at the bronze level for a full eight years.
None of this would have been possible if she had been willing to simply have the courage to go and do it. Many people can become intimidated and worry about the logistics of things that could go wrong or that they will struggle with. What is important is that you show up. If you want to do something all you have to do is do it, and with work and the support of others around you, you will find what you need.
“I went to Europe having no idea what to expect. I didn’t know anybody to introduce me there. I didn’t speak the language and had to dance alone until I found a partner.That is so scary, but showing up to class every day, training every day, practicing moves every day, showing up to the try-outs, being willing to put yourself out there, to be rejected, or even turning down an opportunity. So, showing up, that’s something my parents always instilled.”
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