Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bucket List....I did WHAT?!? WHERE? (Dancing in Cuba)

I put together a bucket list back in 2009 (I think) which included all kinds of things I want to do but never really thought I would accomplish. After I started dancing I put "salsa dance in a club in Havana" on the list. Never did I think I would actually ever have the opportunity to go to Havana, Cuba let alone salsa dance in one of the oldest salsa clubs in the world. Little did I know...

In May of this year I went to Cuba. 

There are always live bands performing there. Wonderful bands that we choreograph performances to here, yeah, they perform there daily. They are right in front of you, they talk to you, take photos with you and pose for photos from stage. There were two guys there who were tearing up the dance floor. My friend and I watched them for a while until I said, "I would love to go dance with him." My friend took my drink and phone and said, "go ask him."

With the liquid courage from a few rum and cokes I walked up to him, (with my familia de Cubano wondering where I was going) simply held out my hands, and this happened...

THIS is why I love dance. We said not one word to each other as he took my hand and danced and laughed through the song as the band jammed on stage. At one point I looked up and we had an audience watching who were enjoying our dance just as much as we were. When the song ended I offered him a hug and said "Thank you" in English. I caught the look of surprise on his face as it registered with him that I was American. My Cuban family clapped as I walked back to our tables and I bowed playfully as it sank in that I had just crossed off that bucket list item.

Something I thought I would NEVER get to do.

Man, sometimes I look at this video to make sure it really happened. More on my trip of a lifetime later.

Until Next Time,
Peace & Blessings...


  1. Girl the look on your face when you dance is that of pure, unadulterated joy. You are so in your element on the dance floor. It has always been my dream to visit Cuba one day just to say I did. I'm loving watching you live out your dreams.

    1. Hey Mo!

      Thank you! That dance was pure joy! It took a minute to sink in that I had actually crossed off an item on my bucket list that I NEVER thought I could achieve. I am getting to a place where I can just enjoy each moment as it comes. That moment, that night....was absolute joy! I am debating returning next year. There are more locations in Cuba to be conquered! But more on that in the next post ;-)

  2. Go you! I'm so happy for you. Crossing off bucket list items is so fulfilling.