A portrait of travel. A glance through Europe, South America, Asia and Australasia….
I’ve done dancing on and off since I was a kid, yet when my friend and I travelled in South America the locals told us we danced liked poles.
And they didn’t mean in a sexy pole dancing way, but in a rigid inanimate object kinda way. Years of jazz and hip hop hadn’t taught me latino hips. I was apparently, doing it all wrong. I was devastated.
Nightclub upon nightclub the feedback was always the same. Our olive skin and curly hair didn’t disguise us. “Where are you from?” they could tell we weren’t locals as we looked so funny dancing.
Upon returning to New Zealand, we quickly sought to rectify this. One beginner salsa lesson at a time, we were inducted into the ways of Latin dance. It’s all in the hips. And slowly but surely my “pole” dancing was rectified.
My Kiwi personal space bubble was also quickly destroyed. Here in NZ, we have a rather large personal space boundary – don’t get too close! Yet this didn’t go so well with the Latin dancing. They dance close and intimately. While I initially hated Salsa for this reason, I found my space bubble quickly shrunk, and I was happy to be flung around the dance floor.
A year of Salsa under my belt I went back to South America. The transformation was amazing. I danced my way across all the local dance floors, and nightclubs and was showered in compliments by locals who couldn’t believe I was from New Zealand not a Latina.
Funny to think how all this inspired my dancing today. Call me a Latino at heart but I still love the dance and the culture. It’s vibrant, it’s exciting, but most of all it’s fun.
Now I just need to master actual pole dancing.
When my 2 blogs collide. Re-blogged from:
Padded undies, a craze that’s long been popular in South America has recently hit Western culture. Thank goodness, we’ve all been anxiously waiting for their arrival.
The other night I stumbled upon these wee gems on www.asos.com an old favourite shopping website of mine.
Magic Padded Bum Pants. What a name. And the tagline reads “padding provides more volume that will give curves.”
Simply magical! Finally the flat bottomed lass, can have a booty like Beyonce and JLo.
Yet it surprises me we’ve taken so long to catch on. I spotted these when I was travelling through South America close to 4 years ago.
For all you men out there that thought all South Americans were blessed with a cushy booty, I can imagine it must be kind of disappointing.
And to disappoint you further, butt implants are apparently all the rage over there too. It can be hard to determine what’s real.
Us women are lucky that there are constantly new ways we can make ourselves more beautiful and attractive to the opposite sex. This pretty much sums it up:
It’s one of the many paradoxes of modern society.
In Brasil I greatly admired how every lady; small or large, bootilicious or not was happy to strut their stuff on the beach.
That is something I’d like to see in New Zealand. Luckily our bikini bottoms are ever so slightly larger, so you should be able to fit your padded undies underneath – if you’re that way inclined.
And for all you women interested in obtaining some magic undies for that special night or day out:
Picture from: http://www.getingo.com/fake-woman-seeking-real-man/