Come Salsa is around longer than Blackberry, that’s what Edd said. I’m sure Blackberry will make a return in a decade, but during that time Come Salsa will still be representing Cuban Salsa.
It’s a major feat that Thabo Moloto has pulled off, well, still is. The weather, your couch, and traffic can all deter would-be Salseros from attending class. Sometimes six people rock up, sometimes a dozen or 30.
But regardless of opposing circumstances, Thabo has to be there, after all, he is the instructor, the DJ and the bricklayer of Come Salsa – since 2007.
It is his unwavering dedication that has pushed him through the decade, but if you think just pitching up is tough, wait till you see some of the students.
Some have no rhythm, some can’t feel the beat, and some are just too bouncy, too excited, and others too tense. I know this because I watch carefully, and on occasion, I assist in a Kizomba session, plus I was quite nervous as a beginner.
You’d think that Kizomba being so simple would be easy to learn, but no, that’s why you need a lesson or 10 to actually know how to step, and when.
Now Cuban Salsa is not as mild as Kizomba, its fluid and rapid, the intricate arm movements, the quick feet; your shoulders are also required to move. Thabo does it with little effort, those slick dips and twists, EISH I’m envious.
It’s one thing if the teacher can burn up the floor, but his ardent students too are on fire. Delicia, Melissa, Lance, and Seps have all come through the sessions at Come Salsa. They represent the brand with the verve that he brings.
In the first class I did with Thabo two weeks ago, Rueda Da Casino was his choice of helping us absorb specific Salsa moves, Americano, Americana, Dame, Enchufle, and Sombrero – confused? Yes, I am.
Everyone is at one time but there are smiles all around as the circle goes back, forward, stepping inside and then past a lady. This Cuban Salsa makes you sweat.
All the while Thabo keeps his eye on everyone, spotting mistakes, correcting them with a comical gesture or informing the guilty party directly of their wrongs.
Just kidding, this Rueda is entertaining to those doing it and to those watching, so there’s no harsh judgment, and his method of correction is aimed at improving one.
And improvements don’t happen overnight, students return for the next few months and before you know it the music is their only instructor, as it should be.
Progress is slow for some, but another Salsero is produced.
So unlike Blackberry and Nokia that are stages in our lives, and recurring at that, Cuban Salsa, Kizomba, and Bachata are not.
This social dancing is a cult, a happy style of life, but it requires passion and persistence.
Come Salsa has all these elements, Joburg needs it – I mean with the xenophobia happening – as dancing unites us and is joy personified. So, Come Salsa, it’s not a trend. See the life of Thabo, bricklayer extraordinaire.