Hi, I’m Robert Bayless. I live in Austin, Texas. I began salsa ten years ago, some time after my wife passed away. I retired after her death, and began dancing as a way to connect with other people in a fun way.
2. There are many wonderful types of dance, what drew you to salsa?
I saw an ad in the local paper for free salsa lessons. I thought it was a cooking class. I had never seen or heard of salsa. When I walked into the class room, and saw the dancers moving to the music, I said to myself: “I want that!” and never looked back.
3. Some may be fearful of trying something new, especially something like salsa. Did you ever have that fear? If so, how did you move past it?
Fear was paramount. In order to learn salsa, you have to be able to put up with constant humiliation until you have enough practice and experience to dance reasonably well. It took me almost two years to get comfortable with the dance. Practice, classes, and social dancing are the only ways through the mountain. There is no going around. It’s only through.
4. Art and creativity gives us all different feelings. Please describe the feeling you get when you're dancing?
Now, when I dance with an accomplished partner, I feel as though I’m levitating. There’s no feeling like it. God bless salsa.
Back when I worked, I co-founded and served as president of a pharmaceutical research firm. We raised money, did research, received patents, and did licensing deals. My best accomplishment is to synthesize what we believe to be the human antibiotic. The human body makes a non-toxic, bacterial protein synthesis inhibitor. I know what it is, and how to make it. I am now trying to raise $5 million to to patent and market my discovery. See my LinkedIn page for more information.
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