Love this thread, and only just caught up! What strikes me about all the experiences above is that I've been around for most of them. I danced with Mel, Sophie, Donna & Carla on those nights and just look at where we all are now. I had a great time with all of you, and you are such a memorable part of my salsa history!
So, here goes with my story!
I'd recently moved to Leeds, and about 6 months in, two friends of mine were telling me about a salsa class they had been going to for a while in Huddersfield. One day, for a bit of fun, some mutual friends and I drove them over to the class to see what it was about. We didn't plan on getting involved, so we just sat in the bar for a while, allowing ourselves to get bored before we eventually left. When we came back to pick them up later, we saw them freestyling, and a little part of me went, "I want to be able to do that."
I then consulted a southern friend of mine, who I know had tried it before, and asked him about it. He said "I didn't enjoy it, but you've always told me you'd rather regret something you did, than something you didn't." It was the argument of the century. I couldn't argue with me!
So I gave it a shot, and really enjoyed myself, and looked forward all week to driving to Huddersfield each Sunday to learn more moves! Then one day, I was wandering around Leeds City Centre when I saw a sign for salsa classes. It never occurred to me that there might have been classes in Leeds!
So I when I went to the class, it was really fresh and cool, with plenty of people my age and quite an ecclectic mix of music. I was thoroughly hooked and have been ever since, some times going out 6 nights a week - and I still attend the odd class where it all started in Huddersfield.
Taking up salsa (along with moving to Leeds) is the best decision I've ever made, it gives me a much needed release from the monotony of day-to-day life, and now it's something I couldn't live without!