Fort Hays State University's Hispanic American Leadership Organization is sponsoring a Salsa Club from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, in the basement of Wiest Hall, for anyone interested in learning how to dance the salsa.
"Like other types of dancing, salsa dancing is a way of expressing one's feelings of love, passion, friendship and life; it is a way of communicating with people," said Maria Parra-Chiclano, student and instructor of Salsa Club at FHSU. "Salsa music and the rest of Latin music, by themselves, are expressions of love, freedom and social claim."
Conchita Espino-Bravo, instructor of modern languages, decided to form the Salsa Club to help others to become more aware of Hispanic culture and music. She said it is a way for FHSU students to learn how to dance the steps of the salsa, Merengue, Cueda de Casino, Bachata and Puerto Rico salsa.
"There are two styles of salsa dancing, Cuban and Puerto Rican, said Parra-Chiclano. "The Cuban salsa is the style that I teach and the Puerto Rican salsa is what you would see in competition."
To learn these dances, Parra-Chiclano took classes four days a week for a year while living in Spain.
"I love dancing the salsa," she said. "I've always been interested in dancing and enjoy learning something new."
People are encouraged to bring a friend or partner, but it is not required. "You can come by yourself, because we encourage partners to switch throughout the class so that way you can catch your mistakes," said Parra-Chiclano.
"Everyone is welcome to join the club," said Espino-Bravo.
"Salsa Club is a very good way to have fun while spending time with the people you love and enjoy, " said Parra-Chiclano.