Add a dash of Asian spice to the salsa dance scene
October 15, 1999
From Correspondent Farland Chang
HONG KONG (CNN) -- It's the latest dance craze sweeping Asia. People say it's exhilarating, a bit tiring, but most of all Ð- sweaty. Welcome to salsa.
Sexy salsa dancing, long the tradition in Latin countries, is heating up in nightclubs across Asia. The fiery rhythm has everyone from Generation X-ers to grandpas shaking their stuff.
And that has night clubs and dance schools kicking up their heels. Group lessons at Hong Kong dance schools go for as much as $150 for six sessions, while private lessons hit $80 an hour.
But at least one Hong Kong restaurant's "Salsa Sundays" offer hip shakers lessons for a $15 cover charge.
And the passion on the dance floor is music to the management's ears. "We were very quiet before. Right now, due to salsa, we are doing very good. We have a very steady crowd nowadays," said La Placita assistant manager Lochan Chhetri.
One try and you'll be hooked say Salseros, as salsa lovers are called. And every salsero has his or her own reason for boogying down.
"I think itÕs very fun and sexy and soft. I can make a lot of friends. In a word, it's awesome," said one salsa convert.
"It's very good exercise. And every time you sweat so much, it's like doing aerobics."
One Hong Kong-born expert loves salsa dancing so much, she's invented an Asian version.
Winsome Lee fuses Kung Fu with the Mambo and her "mam-fu" style of salsa that has wowed audiences worldwide.
"I'm Chinese and I've been in the Latin scene for almost seven years now, and I would like to add some spice to the Latin scene. Coming from Hong Kong, I would like to represent my own culture too," Lee told CNN.
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