Noche de Baile Latino

Side stepping the night away

Written by: Leah Siegel

Low quality picture, high quality night

What a great way to end the semester with a night full of dancing. Latin Dance Night, co-sponsored by the UIUC’s La Casa Cultural Latina, took place in the Krannert Center lobby. There was a large open dance floor surrounded by tables and chairs for people to sit, drink, and watch.

DJ getting ready to play some hits

Going into Friday night, I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that there was going to be dancing. My initial thought was that we were going to be watching professional dancers and could join in if we wanted to. I get to Krannert 10 minutes early and one of my professors asks me if I had my dancing shoes on (I was wearing Uggs, definitely not dancing shoes) and was ready to dance. I looked at her like, absolutely not!

I found a seat front and center to the dance floor ready to watch these professional dancers only to find out, there were no professional dancers coming. What? We, the people at the event, were the dancers. I was so not prepared for that.

Photo by: Leah Siegel

I sat in my seat for 20 minutes waiting for people to start dancing. No one was dancing…awkward! I’m thinking, “this event is a bust”. To my surprise, all it took was some time and dimming of the lights and the dance floor was packed with people dancing.

Eventually, after watching people dance and feeling a little weird doing so, one of my classmates and I got the courage to get up and dance. I was one of the amateur dancers, so I stuck with the basic side step. There were definitely some people there that knew what they were doing. To avoid looking goofy, I made sure to stay away from them.

Everyone had a great time. People were talking, laughing, drinking, and of course dancing. It seemed like everyone was letting loose and just enjoying the music, which is much need at this point in the semester with finals coming up. It was a great way to end the week and I am definitely glad I went!

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