What is the fascination with seats at a salsa dance?

What is the fascination that some people have with seats at a salsa dance?   I’m sure that you have experienced this at one point.

This is a true story that happened to me at the Philadelphia Salsa  Congress Pre-Kickoff dance a few years ago..  The dance floor was in the middle with rows and rows of seats along the perimeter.  I was dancing and wanted to sit down.  So I sit down in an empty seat..  As soon as I sit down, someone comes up to me and says, “sorry, but that’s my seat”.  I look to the left, look to my right and behind me.  TONS of empty seats around me.   WHY or why was this person telling me that this was his seat? What was the point? What is the purpose?  I got up with a puzzled look on my face and walked away. I was not about to fight about a seat.

This other incident recently happened at Posh in Mt. Laurel NJ.    There a dance floor in the corner with long L shaped bar that wraps along the two walls of the restaurant.  Opposite of the bar is a wall where the owners place dining seats next to each other so people could sit.  There were a bunch of random people sitting down and there was one seat free. (yay,  one seat for me!)   Yes, I wanted to sit down but some lady quickly put her hand down on the seat and said that she was saving the seat for someone! The first thing I thought was “What? Do I smell?”  Nope.. I took a shower and brushed my teeth before coming to Posh.   I looked around and didn’t see anyone that she’d be saving the seat for.   I asked her who’s she saving the seat for, followed by my puzzled “Really? Who are you saving it for?”  A couple more times of this and she suddenly changed her mind — “oh you can sit there.”  At this point, I just wave at the seat with disgust.  She again offers up the seat.  I said no forget it.  It really wasn’t important to me and I didn’t want to sit next to her anyway.

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