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The Epitome of a Slow Salsa

11 PM, the night before my final 120 class.

In reality: In Memorial Library study lab, grading papers, grading Emoji essays, gearing up for tomorrow’s discussion sections.

In my mind: …one two three…five six seven…just want to dance…(also, doesn’t help any that my iPhone just started playing “Vivir Lo Nuestro.”)

The epitome of a sad salsa.

So sad, but I just wanna dance…

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Another Salsa Saturday Night

…and I ain’t got nobody…

But seriously, it was kind of a slow night.

I didn’t sing tonight at Bandung, but I did get to help teach. It was kind of sad; it’s a free lesson that normally people would actually pay money for, and we basically had more instructors than first-timers/inexperienced dancers.

Big happy waves, though, to all the continents: North America (USA), South America (Brazil), Europe (UK, Ireland, Spain, and Germany), Asia (Singapore, Philippines, India, and Indonesia), Africa (Mozambique) and Oceania (Australia).

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Jam-Packed Crazy Wedding Weekend!

So, Summer Odyssey 2.1: Spring Break Edition came to an end last night at midnight – about two hours after it was supposed to – and it proved to be just as epic, full, and crazy as the weekend before. I’ve been either completely tired or completely wired since Friday, but I need to commit to writing it all down before it’s lost to history and memory. At the moment though, it’s 11:18 PM and I’m on the tired side, and maybe I’ll get to sleep earlier than I have the past few nights, which has been no earlier than 2 AM.

Watch this space for an update soon, but until then, just letting y’all know that my cousin had a beautiful wedding, I spent way too much time dancing, I managed to outwit the universe, which did not want me to get home last night, although I did. But just barely.

And, of course, now it’s back to school – working, teaching, writing, lesson-planning, grading – and all the other commitments, including cleaning up the apartment which was dirtier than I thought I had left it. But for now, my eyes are starting to become irritated from staring at this bright, white computer screen.

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Song and Dance Saturdays

It’s been a busy week for me; not just in academics, but in exciting (and exhausting) moments.

Last week, I fronted a salsa band.

On Wednesday, my dance teacher Alissa told me that her salsa bandleader needed a male lead singer for the Chabad Chanukah party.

On Thursday, I had a phone chat with Hanna, the bandleader, and sang for her.

On Friday afternoon, I went to Hanna’s house for a jam session to learn ten-ish songs, most of which I knew the lyrics, but with different tunes.

And on Saturday night, at about 7 PM, I got dressed up and showed up at the Sky Bar at Ovation, met the band…and at 8 PM, started singing Hebrew salsa songs (and “I Have A Little Dreidel,” with a bonus Madison-themed verse written by me!) for over 100 guests, at a party that also featured an open bar, sushi bar, salad bar (a theme, I guess), and tons of latkes and doughnuts.

And tonight…

After about four rehearsals, not counting several hours this afternoon, Ciara and I set a record by being the first-ever beginner dancers to perform at Badger Ballroom showcase! We did a self-choreographed cha-cha routine to “Fight For Me Tonight” by Anuhea (my choice of song, yay) and I thought we did pretty darn respectable, and we got a lot of nice comments from people. Mostly that our dance was cute…but I’ll take it.

And now, to finish all the work, that is all due…on Tuesday.

Yikes.