A group of middle school salsa dancers are taking it to the street this summer, extending the dancing they learned in PE to a year round club which participates in community celebrations.

Soft SkillsTrisha Jordan has taught salsa dance for ten years during an annual four week unit in her eighth grade physical education classes. But this year, her students wanted her to continue teaching them after school and in the summer.  They formed a group – “Un Amor”, Spanish for “One Love”.

This week they gave their first public performance of salsa dancing during the First Friday festivities in downtown York, Pennsylvania.

“They came together just on their own,” said Trisha Jordan, who teaches at West York Area Middle School. “They didn’t just, I think after a while, just fall in love with the dance. They learned to love each other.”

Jordan agreed to extend the lessons with the condition that the students form a performance group.

“Once I started to get the basic moves, I liked it,” said Michael Jordan, a rising freshman who has no relation to Trisha Jordan. “After that, I was thinking I wanted to stay because I wasn’t really afraid of performing and I thought it was going to be fun.”

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