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Time to man up and dance, guys

Juan Carlos Medina, Cindy May, Kylie Madden and Gabriel Osorio are looking forward to salsa dancing and getting more men involved in the class.
Juan Carlos Medina, Cindy May, Kylie Madden and Gabriel Osorio are looking forward to salsa dancing and getting more men involved in the class. John Gass

NINETY-five per cent of interest in a new Coolangatta salsa dance school has come from women.

"There's been little interest from men, but I'm hoping to change their attitude to dance with the lure of romance," principal teacher Peter Murphy said..

He said the shortage of men was a common problem at many dance schools and had even lead to broken relationships because men refused to accompany their wives or partners to classes or go out on the town for a dance.

Mr Murphy has 20 years experience in many styles of dance and will begin Salsa Staying Alive lessons next Tuesday.

He said the Argentine tango was known as the dance of passion but the salsa was the sexiest dance in the world. 

"Salsa is one of those dances where people get so much out of it that once they perfect it, it looks very sexy."

He attributed the lack of male interest to the "Aussie macho image."

"Some of them, I think, think it's a bit sissy to go out on the dance floor.

"But those who have taken the time to learn find it's a wonderful experience.

"It also has the added bonus of putting a bit of spice back into relationships.

"I've known marriages that have actually busted up because the man wouldn't dance.

"For couples to hit the dance floor once or twice a week, it adds that little extra to their lives.

"It's also a wonderful way to meet people."

Mr Murphy's aims are to teach an exciting, vibrant dance and provide an excellent form of exercise.

He said he also encouraged parents to bring their kids along.

"This is a good way for kids to get a solid hour of exercise."

He actually started dancing many long years ago because he had just ended a relationship, was "lonely and wanted to do something".

"I joined a dance class during the early 90s, found the people to be very friendly and my life spun around after that."

One consequence of the lack of male interest which should get some men involved is the fact women have to play the man's part during classes, Mr Murphy said.

"Some don't enjoy that and it discourages them from coming back."

Classes begin on May 8 and 10 from 7pm at the Uniting Church Hall, corner of Lanham and McLean St, Coolangatta.

Phone Mr Murphy on 0413 125 640 for more information.

Topics:  coolangatta, dance lessons


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