ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/FOX 24) – “Be Our Change” is our segment on positive, inspirational stories. It’s Hispanic Heritage month, so we introduce you to a UTPB professor and his wife. They give us some insight into salsa dancing.
It’s one of the most popular forms of Latin dancing. “It has a broad appeal. Even an Anglo like myself can pick it up and learn how to do it,” said Marlon Fick, UTPB Associate Professor of Literature and Languages and Chair of the Department.
Fick learned how to salsa dance 20 years ago. His wife, Francisca Esteve, has been salsa dancing for 40 years. She was taught as a young girl in Mexico.
“It’s just fun; you can forget your worries and your cares and get all hot and sweaty on the dance floor,” Fick says, laughing.
They even spent two years in China and taught students there salsa dancing as well. “They had a blast, and if anything. they just became a little more aware that the world is bigger than just China,” said Fick.
To promote salsa dancing, UTPB also held a virtual salsa dancing event Monday night.