Salsa Dancing at Stardust, Bellmawr NJ

Emily salsera
Emily salsera

I went salsa dancing at Startdust in Bellmawr, NJ last night.

I haven’t been there in months. What drove me there last night?  or should I say who?  Actually, my friend Emily drove me since my house was on the way.. But what really drove me there was that my friend Tamara was celebrating her birthday that night.


She’s going to be 18 years young this Wednesday.   One of things I enjoyed that night was dancing the birthday dance..  That’s where the birthday salsera dances in the middle of a circle while salseros circle around.  Each salsero takes a turn dancing with the birthday girl.

Whenever you have the pleasure of participating in this special dance, you’ll have to remember to be quick.   The only way you’ll get to dance with the salsera, is if you are able to cut in and steal her away — which is what I had to do that night.

I wasn’t feeling very goodbecause I’ve been trying to get over a bout of sinus congestion.  It really put a damper on things, as I didn’t really dance that much that night.   But I did get the pleasure of seeing a bunch of my favorite salseras — Leila, Brianna, Michelle, Tamara, Jenn, and Devon.  I was also hoping to see Millie, but she was MIA.

Since I wasn’t doing much dancing, I was able to do allot of observing.   I was horrified as I watched this guy crank his partner with each move. It looked very rough and painful.   Here’s a good article that would explain a better way of leading the girl.    I’m not surprised if this guy had made the blacklist of many salseras.

On the flip side, there were some really good dancers that night too.. No. I’m not talking about really good advanced or professional dancers, but good intermediate dancers.  It reminded me that, you do not have to do all the fancy moves to dance well. The fancy moves won’t help if you can’t lead them.  I actually observed how some of the salseros are able to lead and guide the girl very smoothly and effortlessly through each move.

Other Resources:
Salsa Clubs in New Jersey (NJ) – South Jersey, Central Jersey, and North Jersey

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