Is Salsa really for younger people? There are an increasing number of older people getting into Salsa; where I danced last Saturday the vast majority were in their forties and fifties. Unfortunately there were hardly any good dancers among them, apart from one who I know who has been dancing for eleven years. There was only one girl there in her mid - twenties, the youngest and she was, apart from the lady I just mentioned, the best, the rest were hard work - I could feel a lack of agility and a heaviness about them. Most of the time the floor was half to two thirds full, yet when a Bachata came on the floor filled up. Aside from anything else I’m beginning to wonder if Bachata is more popular than Salsa with an older age group and whether there ought to be Bachata and Kizomba only nights or at least the emphasis on those slower dances and Salsa played occasionally; a vice versa situation so to speak. I’m quite old myself but not a bad dancer now, only through taking it seriously and persevering for eleven years. So I’m wondering if Salsa is the right dance for the majority of my peers and whether they would be better off learning dances that do not require speed, fast reaction time and agility. And unless older dancers have a prior dance background or are willing to put time and effort apart from a Saturday social they are not going to get very far with the dance. Even the young have to work at it but the older even more so – they gotta loosen up them joints. Of course if they are happy being awkward and cumbersome and just want a laugh, who am I to say different, but it will keep me away from places where the crowd are predominately heading towards middle age, which puts me at a disadvantage as I'm not the first choice on the dance floor in a younger environment Having said all that, without those dancers there last Saturday the place would have been empty and the promoter out of business. Paradoxically it’s the oldies that keeping Salsa alive outside the city centres.