Salsa Week­end

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Over three years ago a team of Latin dance en­thu­si­asts lead by Peter St. Rose came to­gether to form Salsa Saint Lu­cia. The aim was to spread the joy of, and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for, Latin dance and mu­sic through­out the is­land. The group started host­ing fun classes and events which soon mush­roomed into a monthly party, pe­ri­odic dance classes, ac­tiv­i­ties for char­ity, a com­mu­nity out­reach pro­gramme and an an­nual event dubbed Salsa Ex­trav­a­ganza.

This year, Salsa Saint Lu­cia is tak­ing its an­nual ex­trav­a­ganza to new heights with the host­ing of an en­tire week­end of ac­tiv­i­ties from Fri­day Septem­ber 25th to Sun­day Septem­ber 27th. It is ex­pected to be three days of Latin par­ties, dance work­shops, a dance ex­hi­bi­tion and in­ter­ac­tion with Latin dancers and DJs from neigh­bour­ing is­lands.

The event kicks off with a welcome party at Kee­bees in Rod­ney Bay which is a free event where Salsa en­thu­si­asts will min­gle and in­ter­act. In­struc­tional work­shops and classes will fol­low this on Satur­day Septem­ber 26th from 1 pm. Ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­niz­ers these classes, which cost EC$50, are open to new and ex­pe­ri­enced dancers. “We will be hav­ing classes in Salsa, Bachata, Ki­zomba and Zumba as well as styling for both men and women on that day,” Peter St. Rose told The STAR.

Next Satur­day’s Salsa classes will be the pre­cur­sor to the main event, the Salsa Ex­trav­a­ganza Gala which takes place on the evening of Satur­day Septem­ber 26th. From 9-10 pm guests will be wel­comed with free treats as they min­gle and have their photos taken. This will be fol­lowed by a Latin dance ex­hi­bi­tion per­for­mance and the evening will con­clude with the Salsa party fea­tur­ing DJs from other is­lands. Ad­mis­sion is EC$50 and the gala will be at the Indies Night­club in Rod­ney Bay.

The Salsa Ex­trav­a­ganza week­end con­cludes next Sun­day with a wind-down Salsa Cooler lime at Pi­geon Is­land. This event is free.

Ad­vance tick­ets for next week­end’s Salsa Ex­trav­a­ganza are now avail­able at RJ Clarke or from mem­bers of the group. For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Salsa Saint Lu­cia Face­book page.

Salsa takes cen­tre stage in Rod­ney Bay next week­end.

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