On the evening of 18 November 2016, the Radley French and Spanish Societies met for their annual ‘Salsa Evening’ with Tudor Hall School, a night that came highly recommended from all languages students in the 6.2 with whom I spoke.
When our guests arrived at 7pm, we were invited to take our seats for a traditional Venezuelan dinner of rice and beef, pabellón criollo, followed by a lovely rich Venezuelan sponge cake, pan de tres leches.
During dinner it was optional, but encouraged, that we take part in a French and Spanish quiz, in which teams were split by table. The quiz involved questions such as naming certain famous figures and even translation of obscure words. Unfortunately, my team and I were not knowledgeable enough to secure first place.
In terms of the dancing, we were taught by a Cuban professional dancer who made the introduction to a difficulty dance much, much easier. We were taught the basics of how you should stand, posture, and how to switch partners. By the end, although not perfect, most of us were doing it unsupervised, and could dance to Enrique Iglesias’s recent hit Bailando with some serious salsa moves. Not to say that this looked pretty...
It was an absolute blast and I know and have chatted to many people who wish to make this annual fixture an even more frequent arrangement due to its immense popularity.
Report by Joe Trafford, 6.1, B Social