Forever Learning and Always Dancing

The day I got possessed at Dundas Street Fest! Thanks Sam Mardini for the vid and Fatima Betty Niane for joining in! #Dance #Rumba #AfroCuban #Orishas #Ochosi #Obatala #Eleggua #Guaguanco #lovelife #festival #Fun #timba #mambo #salsa #toronto #6ix #dancer

Posted by JJ Wong on Thursday, June 15, 2017

I’m passionate about empowering people through meaningful storytelling.

As a Canadian expatriate brought up in international schools around Asia, I’ve had the privilege of experiencing a multicultural childhood. Despite cultural differences, the world shares universal dreams of humanness danced through rhythmic explosions of harmony and flavour.

My love affair with dance was an incredible accident. Picture this.

It’s a winter-crisp Toronto evening. I wander into Babaluu Supper Club on Yorkville, grateful to be indoors. Latin grooves warm my soul and everybody’s dancing their hearts out. I’m thrust into a whole new clave-infused world. Everyone’s smiling and nobody minds where you’re from.

What matters is your dance.

What matters is your vibe and energy.

What matters is who you are.

Salsa dancing taught me self-confidence, community and connection. Dance revealed how we have a beautiful responsibility to unite rather than divide. To connect, heal and share what it means to be human despite our differences.

Tasty tidbits:

  • If I’m not on the dance floor you’ll find me curled up with a good book. I devour books. Om nom nom.
  • Writes 1000 words per day as daily practice.
  • Chen Style Tai Chi Practitioner and Drummer.
  • Loves daily routines, journaling and the art of gratitude.
  • Always eating and exploring new foods, cuisines and cultures. Check it out.
  • Passionate about the intersections of education, entrepreneurship and technology.

Check out my blog posts on Medium.

Talk writing, dance and life with me on Twitter.

Groove on my dance blogs at Dancing Up a Storm and The Dao of Dance

 

Connect 🙂