Originally Posted by designprofessor
I want to learn. when I get out on the dancefloor now and do my thing, people gather around in a circle and watch...and not in a good way.
It's more of that recoiled horror your girlfriend gets when she sees a cockroach on the floor.
I'd recommend learning. I was basically like you (and most white guys that are scared of dancing) but I started salsa lessons a couple of weeks ago and am having a really good time with it. I decided it was time to get over myself. I'm a pretty serious guy most of the time and so something like salsa is a real leap for me. I always used to feel completely awkward on the dance floor unless I was well on my way to tipsy, and even then I never really enjoyed myself b/c I was so self-conscious about how bad I was. You get over it though, and surprisingly fast, especially if you have a cute instructor.
I went out to a couple salsa clubs last night to practice and even though Sundays apparently bring out the best dancers, nobody really cares if you're horrible. Nobody there learned over night so they don't point and laugh. To tell you the truth, once you actually start dancing the crowd around you fades out and you forget about it.
And I won't even get started on the women there... Incredibly fit bodies and some of them can dance like you wouldn't believe.