Easy-to-learn salsa is for all ages
For the past year, Dominique Del Chiaro and Billy Bob Flanders have been on a cultural mission – to make salsa dancing a weekly recreational activity for all ages in Nevada County.
The couple, who teach under the name Salsa Sierra in Grass Valley, will host a quarterly salsa dance starting Saturday at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center.
“We meet so many residents who want to do something different,” Del Chiaro said before Flanders quickly added, “Social dancing is like a social mixer.”
The couple, who has danced at least weekly in Sacramento for the past few years, wants to bring the sense of community they find there to Nevada County.
“Salsa dancing bridges the gap between all ages,” Del Chiaro observed. “We have one couple who are 70-year-olds. At first, he couldn’t talk her into it. They’re now in private lessons. They’re dancing with high school kids. Everyone is equal. The dance creates this equality of communication.”
They find salsa dancing, as compared to other forms of ballroom dancing such as the Argentina tango, easier to pick up.
“People who think they have two left feet will find salsa dancing is user-friendly,” Del Chiaro said.
“Salsa dancing has an easy learning curve,” he said. “You can make it as hard as you want. It’s something you can take a couple of classes and become even better.”
Which is handy for Flanders and Del Chiaro since their next month-long weekly beginning class in Grass Valley starts in November.
They will also conduct a beginning workshop Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center. Mike Del Campo of Del Campo Dance Studio in Sacramento follows with a beginners/intermediate workshop from noon to 3 p.m. and then an intermediate/advanced workshop from 4 to 7 p.m. Each workshop is $40. Partners are not needed. To reserve a workshop space, call 265-3488.
A free introductory salsa dance lesson will also be given Saturday from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Flanders promises the lesson will be sufficient for non-salsa dancers to enjoy the Conquista Musical dance from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Conquista Musical is a 12-piece band from Sacramento which plays Caribbean music including the Afro-Cuban rhythms of rumba, mambo and cha-cha. During set breaks, Salsa Sierra and Salsa Capital (touring dance performance troupe) from Sacramento will perform more advanced salsa routines.
KNOW AND GO:
WHAT: Salsa Dance with Conquista Musical
WHEN: Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight WHERE: St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St., Grass Valley
ADMISSION: $15. Tickets at Love Shack Records, BriarPatch and at the door
INFORMATION: 265-3488 or the Web at http://www.puresync.com/salsa
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