The desire of a salsa dancer to bring people together
My name is Iris Carrero and I have been an avid New York salsa dancer for over twelve years.
Here at La Marqueta, there is always a good time.
I was born and raised in the Bronx. So, little girl, my mother, who is Puerta Ricaine, used salsa on Saturdays to clean the house. Typical, isn’t it? So I was exposed to salsa music at a very young age.
One evening, I met a lady who told me about a studio in the Bronx that gave salsa lessons. So that started my journey in salsa dancing.
After that, I continued to dance all over New York and can’t stop.
Most of us hardcore and dedicated salsa dancers in New York City would go salsa three to five times a week.
You don’t have to be Puerto Rican or any type of Hispanic to dance salsa. You have people from all walks of life: white, black, Chinese, Jewish. No matter your experience, no matter your skill level. You just need to be brave enough to try it.
I have about six different salsa facebook groups. I try to share information with other salsa dancers. And other people post to these groups as well, so they share events and that’s how we get the word out.
In Central Park, you only receive people from all walks of life, all ages and all ethnicities.
They hear the music and they’re like, âWait a minute, what’s going on? And I fill them out. And then you see them again in a few weeks and they dance salsa and they join them.
It’s very important to bring people together through salsa dancing because it’s such an exciting type of dance.
I can’t wait to step out on the concrete dance floor today.
We have this passion and desire to really celebrate our culture, but also to celebrate dance and also to celebrate life, because that’s what happens in salsa dance.