An Open Letter To Latinos Who Can’t Dance: You’re Not Alone, Man
Dear Fellow Awkward Latino,
If you’ve ever felt like you’re the only one without rhythm…
…in your family
…or your neighborhood
…or on the face of the planet
…we’re here to tell you that you’re not alone.
We are many.
We’re out here, too, leaning against walls during school dances.
Pretending to text at parties so our tias don’t make us dance.
Excusing ourselves to go to the bathroom during “El Baile Del Perrito.”
And you’re not the only one who tried to skip out on a quince, knowing you couldn’t keep up with the steps.
We, too, have laughed at jokes about gringos not being able to dance, while praying that no one discovers our secret shame.
We know your pain. We know how many times you’ve practiced dancing, alone in your room.
We know that you’ve “chair danced,” discreetly, at many a function.
But when it comes to getting up and getting down, it’s like your feet never got the memo…
…that we’re all supposed to be Rosie Perez on “Soul Train.”
…or J.Lo. in her Fly Girl days.
So don’t worry about the whole “all Latinos can dance” stereotype.
Just have fun.
And do your thing.
Did you do the robot as you read this? You’re def not alone. Like us on Facebook for more communal awkwardness. It’ll be ok, you guys.