Salsa and Latin Dance Club began in 2006-2007. Started by a freshman with Latin dancing experience, Salsa and Latin Dance Club was intended to increase the knowledge and active practice of Latin dances on campus, which at the time was essentially limited to cha cha, rumba, and a little bit of salsa. During the first year, the lessons at the beginning of club gave members a basic understanding of merengue, samba, and jive, and increased the knowledge of salsa. At the end of the year, the founder transferred out of Carleton, leaving the club in the hands of several rising sophomores with basic knowledge of the dances. The club struggled to increase membership during its second year and brought down a social dance instructor from the Cities to teach Argentine tango and salsa as well as helping to organize a trip up to the Cities to dance at Cinema Ballroom.
This summer, one of our members took lessons in bachata and merengue in order to increase the club’s knowledge of these two dances. Fall term’s lessons will focus on these two dances, along with salsa. Join us Thursdays from 9 PM to 11 PM in the Cowling Dance Studio to learn these dances, which are the primary Latin club dances. Lessons will take place the first hour, with open dancing to a variety of the Latin dances during the second hour. We also will be organizing a trip to a Latin dance night at Cinema Ballroom near the end of the term.