Does Salsa Dancing Promote Vice?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

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I felt compelled to write about an article I saw online concerning the 1st Annual Marrakesh Salsa Festival.  Apparently, the article refers to the controversy surrounding the city hosting its first salsa festival citing that some locals believe it will promote vice according to the religious law in Morocco.  Specifically, it points out that under certain cleric’s interpretation of Islamic Sharia law, it is sinful for men and women to mingle when salsa dancing together.

Of course I disagree with this position as I believe salsa dancing can be used as a force for good to bring people together.  As with most things in life, any activity can be abused.  There probably are some people who abuse salsa dancing for their own devices such as to fuel their pride, I don’t doubt that point.   I don’t think, though, that these uses outweigh the virtues of the dance.  As a Roman Catholic I’ve enjoyed salsa dancing as a way to meet other people of different religious faiths and to learn about where they come from.  I will even go as far as to say that salsa dancing is my method to spread a gospel of joy to everyone I meet.

I’m curious to see if any of you have any opinions on the controversy.  If so feel free to leave a comment here on Ritmo Bello.  



John F. Bello

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