Laura and Nico (on the picture) are our new Oxford University Beginners Salsa teachers 2018/2019. Laura and Nico are also regularly at our weekly socials every Wednesday at Nomad. Would you like to know a bit more about our new teachers? We asked Laura a few questions to get to know her better. Here are her answers:
How long have you been dancing?
I started to dance at the end of 2015 in Madrid.
Why did you decide to start dancing?
Latin music has been always in my life. My parents used to dance as well so they played music all the time. It was only natural to do craft or cooking while Marc Anthony or Gloria Stefan were playing on the background. Within the years I had this craving of starting it but I felt really shy and basketball used to absorb all my time but finally I gave it a try and I just couldn’t stop.
What do you like the most about dancing?
The fact that it doesn’t matter if I had the best or the worse day of my life. If it was the best, let’s dance and celebrate! On the other hand, if it was the worse dancing will always bright my mood up! When in doubt, just dance!
How long have you been teaching?
I’ve done few lessons of salsa so far, and I got some experience as a zumba instructor with children.
Why did you decide to start teaching?
Out of the dancing scene I’m an early childhood education teacher and all my life I’ve found myself teaching different disciplines. I really would love to infect others with my enthusiasm for dancing!
What do you like most about teaching?
When you see your students dancing social and having fun once they feel confident with their moves and they start to create their own personal style.
What is your favourite song?
It’s hard to pick only one. One of my favourite salsas is “Vivir lo nuestro”, a duet from Marc Anthony and La India. My parents loved to dance that song together and it brings me so many good memories. Also “Conteo Regresivo” from Gilberto Santa Rosa reminds me of my first steps into salsa as my first teacher used that song a lot, I just loved it! If I would have to choose a bachata, probably it would be “Baila conmigo” from Ephrem J. I just can’t get it out of my head these days!
What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened to you that’s related to dancing?
On a trip some salsa friends we decided to dance at the beach. It looks just so easy on videos! We tried some salsa first, and spinnings and sand are not a good mix. Afterwards bachata came… Just “so sensual”. Those memories of dancing and laughing are just the best.
What is the most memorable place you have danced at?
Last summer I decided to go to Summer Sensual Days Congress in Croatia. The fact of dancing salsa, bachata and kizomba in such environment is just crazy. The sun, the beach, the sea… everything was just perfect.
What are your other hobbies apart from dancing?
I love to hang out with friends and I enjoy cooking big meals for them (usually Spanish style). Everything that can be done outdoors is going to drag my attention. But I enjoy spending time at home sometimes just reading or painting.