With Dancing With The Stars’ Melissa Rycroft catching H1N1 (as well as the endless media coverage about Swine Flu), I thought it may be wise to talk about how it could affect the salsa scene. While I’m no doctor, H1N1 seems to be a highly communicable disease that could be ‘bad news bears’ for the dance floor (especially with all of you bachata-lovers out there 😉 After checking out many websites, pamphlets and reports, I thought that it would be good to list some of the precautions that the government recommends when it comes to protecting yourself and the community from the Swine Flu…



-If you are sick please stay home (rest up for those shines for when you’re feeling better).
-Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use an alchohol-based hand sanitizer.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
-Cough an sneeze into your arm, not your hand.
-Keep common surfaces clean and disinfected.
-Don’t over-exert yourself (take a break when Ran Kan Kan plays)

You may have noticed that I didn’t include ‘getting the H1N1 flu shot’ with my list, but I feel that’s a very personal choice that one must make for themselves. I would love to hear your opinions about the shot as well as giving suggestions as to how we can keep the dance floors spicy AND hygienic.

Till next time, keep shining salseros!