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Sam Mardini (Salchata Dance) sam_mardini sam_mardini Posts

Love my Friday nights...it's my outlet at the end of a long week. Whether it's dancing with the regulars or new faces, it's a practice in mindfulness. While mindfulness can be practiced in many ways, focusing on the connection with my partner & the music is by far my favorite form! It's what has pulled me back to social dancing year after year...being in the moment of that dance.💃🕺🥰 #salsa #socialdancing #connectwiththemusic #connectwithyourpartner #mindfulness #inthemoment #torontosalsafridays #toronto #torontosalseros

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Special edition of Bachata Me is going down tonight!!🕺💃🔥 Join us for 2 Bachata workshops; 8pm Bachata Beginners and 9pm Bachata musicality mini-choreo. Bachata social dancing begins at 10pm with a touch of Salsa!💥💥

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Here we go! We'll be doing a Bachata Moderna workshop from 6-7pm today and social dancing in the Bachata room all night!😍🕺💃

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Every weekend I'm Happy Feet, this Halloween weekend was no different.🕺💃 #halloween #happyfeet #salsa #bachata #socialdancing #toronto #canada

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Yesterday I was learning with guest artists Jacopo and Linda in their workshops at TSF.  It was awesome, and also enlightening because these guys are just teenagers!  As some of you know, I’m a public-school teacher with the Toronto District School Board, and I have students in my classes that are older than these two on a daily basis. Yet there I was learning from them in class and loved it! While chatting with them, Jacobo told me about other artists that were rude to them because they’re so young (and so they shouldn’t be teaching). That’s laughable, as other “older” artists have as much teacher training as my cat has dance training.  And yet those older artists, with no teacher training at all, are teaching. It’s as if they suddenly knew how to teach, and have the nerve to get upset when younger people teach. The irony eludes them. Ultimately, it’s a stark reminder: age is just a number.  That saying is usually for older people, but here it most definitely applies to this young couple. Who told you you’re too young/old to do something?  Why did you believe them?  If I ever listened to others’ fears, I wouldn’t have left Canada at 23 and lived overseas for 10 years; “Sam what are you doing leaving Canada, you should stay and build your future here yadda yadda”. Living overseas in Japan & South Korea for 10 years was without a doubt one of the best experiences of my life. If we let people project their fears on us, we’d be living their lives and the fears that come with it. PS Happy belated teachers’ day!!!! Much love to all educators, both young and old! #salsa #teachers #teach #dance #dancers #doyou #believeinyourself #happyteachersday

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Haven't been to cottage country in years! Forgot how beautiful & relaxing the country side is in Canada. #cottagecountry #rest #recuperation #nature #fishing #campfire #lakes #peace #quiet #canada #ontario #parrysound

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Some Aquafit Bachata yesterday on a gorgeous summer day with our students! Today is round 2 @ the Woodbine Salsa & Bachata Beach party...summerlicious! #aquafit #bachata #poolparty #summerfun #toronto #funinthesun #salchatadanceacademy

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Tonight's the opening night of Toronto's newest monthly social: Mambo Madness!!!!💥💃🕺 Salsa Dura here we come!!! #'mambo #socials #salsa #salsadura #torontosocials #socialdancing #salchatadanceacademy

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The drive home last night after the Toronto Raptor's won the 2019 NBA championship! Congratulations Toronto!!!! #NBAchampions #6ixinthe6ix #torontoraptors #teamcanada #historyinthemaking

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Managed to make it out to the Dundas West Fest with these kool kats and man what a festival!! Danced to some incredible Cuban music that was just fire! Ran into Cuban musician Dayme Arocena (just posted the Rumba sessions documentary with her last week and saw her randomly walking in front of me!), my boy pianist & percussionist Antonio Iglesias, and food hopped from stall to stall (those ice cream waffles!!!) All with gorgeous weather! Couldn't have asked for more! #dundaswestfest #weekend #livemusic

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Toronto Raptors take the 1st game!!!!!💥🥳💥🕺💃 #raptors #toronto #teamcanada #wethe6ix #wethenorth #my1stbasketballgame

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Some great fun yesterday @ the Mid-Day fix! One of the friendliest Salsa/Bachata socials in Toronto and the music is on point!! 4 more to go before their summer break! #middayfix #afternoonsocial #friendlyvibes #lessonsinperseverence

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Salsa with Rumba during a Rumba break in the music. There are so many layers to Salsa, it's what has kept me exploring it deeper and deeper for over 15 years. #salsa #rumbacubana #guaguanco #iloveitall #salchatadanceacademy #torontosalsafestival #explorefurther

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One more day to gooooooo till our spring open house! Compimentary beginner Salsa & Bachata workshops with live musician on piano & percussion as we show you how the steps sync with the music! Gonna be dope! #salchatadanceacademy #openhouse

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Peruvian food with these mochicas! Loved this spot! #koricancharestaurant #peruvianfood #mochicas #getyourfoodon #karaokefridays

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Whoah this video took me back! One of the world's hot spots for Salsa social dancing is Seoul, South Korea. With many different Salsa clubs every Friday & Saturday, dancing till 4am, and then dancers going out in groups to eat & mingle, it was like nowhere else I've ever danced! There are literally thousands of trained Salseros there. Is it any wonder i stayed 7 years? #salsaadventures #salsa #socialdancing #seoul #southkorea #on2 #goodtimes #salsafocus #salsaland

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So, my former dance partner from France that I was dancing with in South Korea did a stop over in Canada on her way to a Salsa Congress in Peru. Still with me??😁 I’m showing her and her Salsa friends around Kensington market and some Chachacha was playing, so we had to do what we had to!!! Aurelie it was great seeing you mon amie and you gotta stay longer next time in Toronto!!!!! C u in Europe soonish! #wedanceeverywhere #andanywhere #salsafriends #chachachaweloveyoutoo #theworldisasmallplace #salchatadance

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With all this lovely snow around us, i'm missing the days when we'd just dance barefoot in the streets of Havana!!! Just put on some salsa, asked a girl to dance, and boom! Street party in effect! #salsa #streetsalsa #havana #barefootdancing #smile #lifeisadance #salchatadance

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Salchata Dance Academy instructors dancing what they love: SALSA! Every Thursday we have our fun & professional Salsa classes in our studio location @ 228 Merton st, 2nd flr, near Davisville! 7-8pm Intermediate Salsa 8-9pm Foundation Salsa If i may suggest, check out our site for more info: www.salchatadance.com

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Loved watching this Santiaguero dancing with this Habanera! The smiles, the body movement, the connection, the Guaguanco, the FUN!!! And that's it, isn't it? It's fun. :) #socialdancing #usethatsmile #danceisfun #salsa #casino #saboraplenty #salsacubana #lahabana #cuba

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Excited to begin our weekly group classes tomorrow!!! Salchata Dance: Believe in Dance! Check us out @ www.salchatadance.com #salsaclasses #bachataclasses #salchatadance #herewego #newadventures

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Salsa with Rumba workshop last night @ Toronto Salsa Fridays!! One more day until Salchata Dance Academy's open house!!

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