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My salsa classes

 Salsa class

I’m very proud of myself because I’ve been taking salsa lessons for a year now. That doesn’t sound like me at all. I usually get bored with everything so quickly! And yet I’ve been dancing for a year and I love it! I still suck at it though because I don’t have a regular partner and have to learn the temp and lead of like 10 different guys each time. But now it’s much easier for me to remember all those human pretzel movements that we learn every week so I stopped being so concious about new steps. They all have same patterns : you tangle your hands to the breaking point while moving your legs in the same pattern around your partner. When I get it right it’s the best feeling! I was never good at any kinds of sports so salsa makes me feel real good about myself, hehe..

 Salsa teachers

These are my two teachers Sarah and Alberto. They are unbelievably good but always fight about which song to play because Sarah teaches beginners and wants to have a slow temp melody while Alberto teaches second level of beginners and wants us to die from dehydration with his fast temp salsa and tricky feet movements. One of these days they are so gonna break that poor poor ipod..^-^


This is me and Gow having a small break in between routines. After yesterday’s class we were so tired and went straight to bed as soon as we got home. As always Alberto has no mercy on us..^-^ 

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. M #


    This might seem random, as I don’t know you at all, but I’m relocating from Australia to Japan (funabashi) next week, and I’ve been taking Salsa classes over here for a while, and really want to keep it up while I’m away. Your blog came up while I was searching for possible class venues, I was hoping you might be able to point me in the right direction, since you have been doing classes for a while.

    anyway, thanks for your time.


    March 6, 2008
  2. Id like to take that photo!!

    March 7, 2008
  3. Hi Em,
    there are several classes at several locations here in Tokyo including professional studios which train for competitions. I’m not sure about your level but if you contact Sarah Pola she may recommend you something for your level of experience. The classes I take are for beginners so they may not suit you.

    March 7, 2008
  4. Hi Natalia, thanks for your comments! This is true, we’re always fighting with Albertooooo.. I wish you were still very beginners so that I ‘ll still have you and Gow in my class :) gambate!

    March 21, 2008
  5. Oh Thank you Sarah! Bu I still feel like I am a beginner..I can follow Alberto’s moves but I still don’t know how to implement them into a graceful looking dance..

    March 28, 2008
  6. Erika #

    Hello, nice to meet you I’m Erika! I just searched about salsa lesson in Tokyo then your blog was hit! Are you still taking class here in Tokyo? If you don’t mind, could you give me studio information please? Or should I cntact her derectly to email–> ??
    Thanks for your help.

    August 8, 2013
  7. Sue #


    I too am looking for a salsa “fix” when I visit Japan in March 2014. Can you recommend any Salsa venues for socials or casual classses in English in Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka? I dance Cuban, Casino and Linear On1.

    Many thanks!

    February 1, 2014
    • Tokyoholic #

      Asere in Roppongi is the best Salsa club. There is also Paraiso but its not just salsa, lots of different style as well. I dont know about Kyoto or Osaka, sorry..

      February 3, 2014

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