“Beyond Being a Salsaholic – Confessions of a Salsa Junkie”
By Marla Friedler
I have to confess that I am actually worse than a Salsaholic. Add my obsessive/compulsive personality to that of the average Salsaholic and what you get is a downright salsa junkie. Not only do I dance every day (and yes, I am the same Marla who changes clothing in the car between clubs), but when I am not really dancing, I am either writing about dancing, reading about dancing on Dancer Hangout, answering e-mail about dancing, or, believe it or not, dancing over the phone. Yes, it has come to this. Youâ€™ve heard of phone sex – now enter “Phone Dancing”.
I have danced over the phone with my friend CÃ©sar a number of times. Itâ€™s funny. I havenâ€™t actually seen him in person for about two months but I still dance with him all the time. I was so excited about the way people dance in New York that I had to teach it to him, over the phone.
A typical conversation would go like this,
Marla: Okay, where is your right foot now?
CÃ©sar: Itâ€™s forward and Iâ€™m counting 5. Is that right?.
Marla: Perfect. Now break forward on your left. Thatâ€™s 6. Got it?
CÃ©sar: Got it.
Marla: Okay, cool. Weâ€™re doing it.
CÃ©sar: It was good for me. Was it good for you?
Marla: Yeah, I love dancing Salsa!!
Now, you have to realize that this conversation is a little ridiculous because we havenâ€™t actually ever danced together on 2 but, since we virtually have, we think we love it.
So, I have to publicly admit that I have definitely crossed the line and gone beyond salsaholism to an all-time low/high of being a “Certified Salsa Junkie”.