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Patrick and Jairo’s dance stories

In 2016 we started a project called “Tell Your Dance Story” to share just some of the transformations, achievements and accomplishments of our Rio Rhythmics members.


Tell us a little about your background – have you ever danced before?

Patrick: My family background is Central American so I’ve been surrounded by Latin dance and music my entire life… but believe it or not, I’ve never actually danced before. 

Jairo: I have never formally danced however have been around dance, in particular Latin dance most of my life through my parents and our community.

What are some of the challenges you faced as men taking up dancing?

Patrick: Ahh I don’t think I’ve had any challenges. I guess the hardest part as the male is worrying too much about being a good leader for the follower. But after the first class it didn’t phase me at all. The teachers are constantly giving great tips and tricks to help improve flow and connection as the leader.  

Jairo: Hmm no real challenges besides the occasional ‘why do you want to lean to dance?’. I think it’s great fun and exercise.

Can you share with us some of the wins or unexpected outcomes?

Patrick: Definitely learning a new skill is a big win, but also the Rio Rhythmics community is a fun group to be apart of.

Jairo: I didn’t realise how much I would actually enjoy dancing and gaining the confidence to try new things out. Also the teachers and other students are fantastic and make everything better.

Why did you decide to start dancing?

Patrick: Well growing up in the Latin community played a big role in making me want to learn to Salsa. A friend of mine told me about Rio Rhythmics and enjoyed the Latin Dance Starter course… so I thought I’d give it a go.

Jairo: A spur of the moment decision. It’s always been on my mind to start and my friend signed up, so I did too.

Where to next?

Patrick: I’ll be looking to sign up to the next level course in 2017. Also, I’ll be going on holiday next year to USA and will have a brief stop in Cuba. I’ve heard there is alot of salsa dancing in the streets of Havana… so I guess that’s my next move.

Jairo: Practicing the dance steps we learn and hopefully be able to show them off in the US and Cuba next year while on holidays.

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