Welcome to df! A belated welcome... I know quite a few people who talk highly about you...Brian Bromka, director of La Familia, Syracuse...etc YOur story is inspiring and I personally encourage anyone who says they have to lose weight to try salsa. I myself lost 5 pounds after I started salsa dancing. I actually need to put on weight though, so I'm starting an intensive exercise routine. ;-) Dancing has definitely given me a confidence that I did not have before. At least I can go and say something to a lady, no? "May I have a dance?" I think that my outrageous side also is more on display. THough I still melt away at times I am more noticeable in groups settings.