Latin Dance in San Diego After COVID 19: What to Expect

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Although all Latin dance locations in San Diego are still closed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the community is still looking forward to the day when we can all see each other again on the dance floor. With the new COVID-19 vaccines slowly making their way to individuals there will undoubtedly be some hesitation at first when dance venues begin to re-open. What can we expect to see when these places come back to life? It’s likely that many of the same precautions we’ve seen during the pandemic like increased hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, mask wearing and other prudent measures may be here to stay. Other reactions to the pandemic have involved emphasizing a more “distance” focused dance using bands or ropes to help maintain distance. As you can see in this salsa dance video it may allow for those on the fence about returning to partner dancing be more at ease:

Whatever happens with the social dance scene here in San Diego, I do know that there are many ways to keep dancing remotely and supporting the many qualified dance instructors that need your support.

If you have any comments or ideas of what you think the salsa scene will look like in San Diego after the pandemic please leave a comment.

Thanks and see you hopefully soon on the dance floor!

John ;-)


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Salsa Dancing in the Age of COVID 19: Keeping Your Passion Alive Through Online Virtual Resources

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

During this unprecedented Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak it seems as though every part of our normal routines have been upended. Just a few weeks ago we had regular social dancing but with recent government mandates most if not all gatherings have been cancelled. Worst yet many people are in total quarantine without any indication of when all this will change.

I thought it would be helpful to provide some helpful local resources and ideas for continuing your passion of dance from where ever you are, lock down or not.

Many if not all dance studios here have begun the process of offering their salsa lessons online through video instruction. From Deseo Dance to Ooh La La and others they are extending many of these new resources directly from their websites and leveraging platforms like Facebook and YouTube to keep connected with students.

Many of these resources have the added benefit of being provided live in real time with the instructors responding to viewer generated inquiries. Here is a sample from Deseo Dance’s Serena Cuevas today:

As we see more local studios adding live content and offerings virtually it will be interesting to see the support from the community. As with many artists during this time it will be the local dance community that keeps the spirit of dance alive through the help of talented instructors. If you know of any other resources you’d like me share please send me a message via email and I’ll help spread the information as best I can.

Please be safe during this difficult time and stay positive. For you that pray, St. Vitus (Patron Saint of Dancers), pray for us…

John ;-)


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