Last Friday night, I went to my first Halloween costume party of 2013 at the dance studios of Santo Baile.
My costume of choice was a
pair of Japanese pajamas ninja outfit, which I had hoped would be comfortable but turned out to be a little tricky to dance in due to the long sleeves.
No matter, there were plenty of other cool costumes to take my mind off what I was wearing.
Juliana, one of my teachers, was dressed as the Queen of Hearts, and Mayra, the studio’s Director, was dressed as a belly dancer.
In typical gringo style, I arrived at exactly 10 PM, a good half hour before everyone else started to file through the front door.
It was BYOB, so I cracked open a cold Pilsen to help pass the time.
Luckily, my friend Colin and his girlfriend also arrived early, so we sat and talked until more people showed up.
As the room began to fill, Mayra insisted I eat a cupcake. It had Oreo cookies baked into it and was awesome.
Later that night, after a few more beers, I snarfed down a second one.
I met a bunch of new readers, which was a surprise, like Fred from Switzerland.
And then there was Joel, who was kind enough to allow me to share his photos here, as most of mine came didn’t come out well.
I had the chance to dance with Juliana and Mayra several times, which was fun, including one bachata song with Juliana.
Despite being in a room of fellow dance students, I still felt shy busting out my Cali style salsa moves, and instead reverted to my usual LA-style moves.
Overall, I had a great night out and want to thank Mayra and Santo Baile for putting on the party. It offered a more casual atmosphere to the bars and discotecas, all of which can get too crowded on a Friday or Saturday night.
To see Yul and Mayra dancing Cali style, check out the video below. To see more party photos, check out the album on Santo Baile’s Facebook page.
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All photos (except the cupcakes) courtesy of Joel Duncan Photography.