Why I don’t dance bachata anymore (or, the real problems with sensual bachata)

I stumbled across this article that perfectly describes how I feel about what is happening to Bachata. I’m more of a traditionalist, enjoying the fun footwork, playfulness and connection of Bachata. I also love the Bachata Tango Fusion that Wendy and Rodrigo (see photo) of RW Latin Dance (Charlotte NC) teach.

Do not try to contort my body into uncomfortable or ridiculously intimate positions because I immediately go into survival mode, ESPECIALLY if I don’t know you because I don’t trust you yet. Instructors, please be more responsible in teaching these dances. At the very least,  let your students know that there is a time and a place for everything.

Read the article here : http://theperfectfollow.com/why-i-dont-dance-bachata-anymore/

Connection – She Couldn’t Give a $#|+! about your Pattern

I love a nice, connected dance. Sitting in the pocket of the music with my partner, grooving to the same beat, hitting the same breaks. He gives me time to shine (and breath) and I can tell what he wants me to do effortlessly. All of the spins and pretzel arm moves are fun, but I’d rather dance with a partner who slows down and enjoys creating something beautiful together.

Check out my mentor, Edie the Salsa Freak, and her thoughts on connection.

We Came to Dance

Dance heals. Dance inspires. Dance touches you in ways that nothing else can. Dance has been a lifesaver for me because without it, fibromyalgia would be kicking my tail. But with dance on my side, I am kicking fibro’s butt on a daily basis. Do yourself a favor. Put on some music and let yourself go! Go out dancing. Take a dance class.

Just. Get. Moving.

Dancing with Pain

As some of you know, I have fibromyalgia which causes me almost unbearable pain at times. Thanks to a series of fantastic events, I  discovered that I am able to use dance as a natural pain reliever. The key for me it’s balance, which even after all these years, I’m still learning how my body reacts to different levels of activity and I’m still learning how to listen to my body when out says “Time to stop now”. As dancers, that it’s a lesson we all need til learn,  whether it is from chronic illness, chronic pain or from injury.

This article talks about exactly that and is a great reminder that we need to protect this temple…❤❤❤

“Many of us decide to take up dancing to improve our physical health–and why not? Dance is a fun, dynamic, social form of exercise that gets us up and moving, burning calories, and boosting endorphins…”

Read the rest here:  http://latindancecommunity.com/dancing-with-pain/

God Bless and Take Care



World Team Project Fayetteville

Fantastic news! Baile con Sazon has joined forces with Adolfo Indoaochea and the World Team Project!

Tonya and Willie are now official Team Trainers for the World Team Project and we will be teaching Adolfo Indacochea’s amazing choreography! If you’d like to take your dancing to a whole new level, join us 4 May 2016 at 8:30 PM. Register in advance here: https://app.punchpass.net/org/1061/passes/12313

How it Works 

  1. Tonya Outlaw (BcS NC) and Willie McIntosh (BcS Italy) will be the Team Trainers for their respective areas. BcS NC’s rehearsals will be held Wednesday from 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM. The commitment for the first series is from May 2016 until Nov 2016 where the team will perform at the Baile con Sazon 5 Year Anniversary Bash (performance not required). Some will be invited to perform at the Tucson Salsa Bachata Festival in October.
  2. Adolfo Indacochea will send video tutorials of his absolutely amazing choreography and give us personalized feedback as our team progresses. In addition to learning choreography, we will be working on spins, body movement, partnering and styling techniques.


  1. Improve your Dancing – The best opportunity to improve your level by learning steps and tricks from Adolfo Indacochea and by performing his choreography, which will make you stand out from the rest when you go dancing.
  2. Priceless Experience – Just with the lessons you will obtain priceless moments. Besides, you will participate in World Team Project’s and our collaborators’ events and you will even get to know the best artists and dance with them!
  3. Join an International Family of Dancers –  Share international experiences with dancers just like you, who are also part of this big family. The connection point? The passion for dancing and the performance of the same choreography.
  4. Represent Adolfo Indacochea on Stage – Once you have learned the choreography, your team trainer will invite you to participate in incredible shows and events.

Your Commitment

  1. Rehearsals are every Wednesday from 8:30 – 10:30 PM from May – Nov 2016
  2. Salsa class is every Tuesday from 7 – 8:30 PM
  3. Costumes (I will try to keep below $100)
  4. Cost is $75 per month and includes:

– Exclusive access to videos

–  Access to team pages

–  Salsa class and social on Tuesdays

– Bachata class and social on Thursdays

This is an experience that you DON’T WANT TO MISS!  

Soldiers Who Salsa is coming to Fayetteville NC

Soldiers Who Salsa is an amazing non profit organization who’s mission is “To enhance and enrich the lives of active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families through a unique program incorporating therapeutic social dancing with a variety of music and professional instruction.”

Baile con Sazon has decided to join this wonderful family of instructors in hopes of spreading the healing power of dance to our local military community. Our studio has very strong ties to our military. All of our owners, instructors and apprentices are either retired, separated or still serving on active duty, and we all agree that partner dancing has therapeutic qualities.

Who We Serve:

Soldiers Who Salsa serves wounded, ill, and injured military service members in locations where they may already be receiving treatment or therapy… Check the calendar for the classes being offered in your area.

Because salsa dancing is such a social activity, it has also been invaluable to patients with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Common symptoms of PTS/PTSD include an aversion to close contact, avoidance of new activities and new surroundings, and reluctance to meet new people. Our classes provide a safe place for patients to not only learn a new activity, but also work on several of the most common symptoms. It is not uncommon to see patients laughing, smiling, and engaging with new people each week.”

Does this sound like you or someone you know? If so, join us! All you need is one of these items:

  1. VA Card
  2. Active Duty ID
  3. Retiree ID (that awesome blue card!)
  4. DD214

Spouses are welcome! Click on the schedule below to reserve your place in class.

2016-2017 SWS Fayetteville Schedule

Session 1: 2 Jun – 7 Jul 2016

Session 2: 4- Aug -8 Sep 2016

Session 3: 6 Oct – 10 Nov 2016

Session 4: 5 Jan – 9 Feb 2017

Session 5: 16 Mar – 20 Apr 2017

Session 6: 18 May – 22 Jun 2017

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.soldierswhosalsa.org/menu/about-us#faq

Ecuador Earthquake’s Victims Donations

Ok, dance family. It is time to pull together.

As you have probably heard, Ecuador suffered a terrible earthquake (7.8) and over 550 aftershocks (from 6.1-3.2).  Fatal victims tolls have passed 570 people, injured 7,000 others, damaged close to 2,000 buildings, and forced over 24,000 survivors to seek refuge in shelters, according to government tallies.

In a combination of efforts with the Consulado General del Ecuador en Atlanta, Mambo Dinamico and Carmen’s Cuban Café, and Baile con Sazon NC, we will be collecting donations (food and monetary) that will be going directly to the victims.

Feel free to drop your donations to Baile con Sazon Studio,  500 N Reilly Rd #110 Fayetteville NC 28303 or Carmen’s Cuban Cafe,  108 Factory Shops Rd, Morrisville, NC 27560 NO LATER THAN 26 APRIL 2016, so I can deliver the items to Mambo Dinamico.

Here is a list of the items that are most needed:

  1. Single or Double Camping tents
  2. Mosquito Nets
  3. Toilet Paper
  4. Industrial Trash Bags
  5. Flashlights or LED lanterns that do not need to be plugged in (Battery or Solar powered)
  6. AA or AAA batteries
  7. Matchboxes
  8. Non-Perishable Canned Foods (easy to open)
  9. Babies or adult diapers
  10. Baby Food (jars or pouches)
  11. Feminine products (pads)
  12. Wet wipes/baby wipes
  13. Antibacterial Liquid/gel
  14. Water bottles (1 liter or smaller)
  15. Light Cotton blankets (for the region)
  16. Alcohol Antiseptic Solution

For monetary donation:

Bank of America
Account Platform: IDS
Account Name: United Nations Development
Account Number: 003751560139
ABA Routing Wire: 026009593 (local wire)
ABA Routing for ACH (direct deposit): 111000012

CitiBank, NA
Swift: CITIUS33
ABA: 021000089
Account Number NY: 36360112
Account Name: Terremoto Ecuador/Earthquake Ecuador

Official Documents:

Letter of Authorization in English/CARTA DE AUTORIZACION EN INGLES







Should you say something when your social dance partner does something you don’t like?

I read this post on one of my favorite dance blogs. This question comes up a lot. Personally, my answer is NO. Nope.  No, way.  I NEVER teach on the dance floor. I do not say anything while I am social dancing UNLESS I feel unsafe AND my non verbals aren’t working. By nonverbals I mean, for example, I will let myself get heavy if I’m being led into something uncomfortable or if my partner is too rough. Or I will break the connection and go into shines. At that point, I don’t care what kind of follow my partner thinks I am, I’m just in survival mode.

Read the article here: http://grapevine.dzouk.com/should-you-say-something-when-your-social-dance-partner-does-something-you-dont-like/