I went to Ben for private lessons after a two and a half year break from salsa. I was previously dancing 2-3 times a week, but personal circumstances meant I had to stop. During that time, I had stopped working out altogether (I was seriously fit previously), gained weight and generally felt rubbish about myself. And after that length of time out I wasn't anywhere near confident enough to go straight back into the local salsa club scene. I also knew all the local teachers who took private lessons and knew I wouldn't feel comfortable with any of them.
I knew I was in the right place from the very first lesson. It was a big step for me but Ben made me feel really comfortable and I was happy to go right back to basics because I knew there were techniques that he could teach me that never got taught properly in group classes. I quickly realised that he could help me to become a much better dancer than I ever was before.I've now had weekly lessons for just over two months, and I know I'm already technically way better than I ever was. I'm feeling properly connected to my body again - something I knew I'd lost.
I'm getting more confident about adding styling, my balance, footwork, spins and following skills get better every week, and I'm starting to believe I look good dancing again.
We seem to have a breakthrough with something every lesson. Ben is incredibly patient and breaks things down and explains them simply. Although he pushes me a little harder now, I never feel completely out of my depth, or made to feel bad because it takes me a bit longer to get my head (and feet) around what we're doing.
Although initially I had just planned to have lessons for a couple of months to ease me back in, I've decided to carry on the lessons indefinitely, even though I have to travel quite a long way to Ben's studio. I look forward to the lessons, I love the challenge of them, and the improvement has been amazing!
I realised what I was searching for all along...a route to find the old me. The one who felt sexy and confident and relished being centre of attention on the dance floor for all the right reasons.
Thanks to Ben, the old me is developing into an even better, sexier and more confident version who is more than ready to start burning up the salsa dance floors of Essex and London again!