Thursday, January 6, 2011

Los Salseros de Stanford spice up Stanford community

It’s a usual Wednesday night at the Axe and Palm. Students sit in red leather booths eating, chatting and studying. But something about the scene is diverse.

In the main room that would usually house more students, salsa music blasts. An eclectic group of Stanford students and Palo Alto locals dance in pairs as two knowledgeable students repeat the counts: “1, 2, 3, turn…5, 6, 7.” Those new to salsa laugh self-deprecatingly as their arms and feet wind awkwardly while the instructors give words of advice and back-up in one of the weekly salsa lessons sponsored by Los Salseros de Stanford, Stanford’s only salsa-performing team.

Directed by Ariana Borgaily ’12 and Diogenes Brito ’11, Los Salseros performs at cultural variety fairs, campus fundraisers, such as Salsa for the Cure, and other dance events, and it puts on an annual spring demonstrate. The club of 18 women and 16 men rehearses for two hours twice a week in Roble Gym. Los Salseros also holds free weekly novice and intermediate lessons for students and local residents, as well as free biweekly salsa socials, where anyone can come for a salsa lesson and then a salsa dance gathering.

For the two directors, being in Los Salseros and dancing salsa in common has been gratifying. Brito, who is half Dominican and half Colombian, grew up listening to salsa music and, with an attention in the music and in joining a dance group on campus, decided to audition. Borgaily, on the other hand, grew up approximately quite a bit of dancing in El Paso, Texas; she started salsa at 13 years old and saw Los Salseros in the Dance Expo show during Admit Weekend. Both directors have been mixed up with Los Salseros since freshman year, and both are in their second year as club directors.

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