When my girlfriend, the lovely Melinda Raebyne, asked me to participate in a salsa performance for an after-party show for the Seattle Latin Film Festival, SLFF, I thought it would be fun, after all I'm a zumba instructor, we'd just be dancing to our familiar routines at a night club.
But then she told me that I would be dancing in high heels, in a short dress...in front of people.
Yes, I hemmed and I hawed and I begged for my zumba cargo pants and my flat sole filled sneakers. But this is a Latino festival... at a night club and there was no way around it. My husband, on the other hand, had confidence that this clog wearing, homeschool loving Mama of three could do it and practically pushed me out the door! I'm not kidding! He knew I needed a little adventure of my own!
The evening started with some lovely pampering, hiding the greys, chic-ing the hair and a thorough make over by one of my dearest friends who happens to be a professional make-up artist.
I never wear make up by the way; I was shocked to see myself and so was my family. When the kids and Joe heard me walk through the door, they welcomed me with their usual wonderful hoopla until they took a look at me and every one went silent to just stare at this person who walked in their house!! If it weren't for my voice and clothes I don't think they would have recognized me!
These are the stilettos I prayed over as they walked, stumbled, tripped out of my comfort zone. Oh so not me, but fun for a night nonetheless! Because after all, every thing is so pretty when you dress up for salsa night!
And then there was my time with my girls as we shared in the anticipation, the fun of costume make-up, modeling for Instagram and then staying off our feet for as long as possible!!
The performance was done in honor of the great Leon Ichaso, director of the popular movie, El Cantante ,and was all made possible by Melinda who worked so feverishly to put this whole event together, from booking the movie theater to coordinating with nightclub, advertising and even preparing the director's meals! This night is just as much hers as it is Leon's and the bummer is I never got a picture with that lovely lady; she was running around the whole time keeping the party going.
But most of all, this evening is dedicated to the man who knew I needed to break up my routine of feeding, laundering, choring, schooling, etc, to the man who stayed home with my babies and to the man who tells me everyday with make up or not, that I'm a beautiful woman!