Guanábana Productions has put together the first Duke City Latin dance festival, which is expected to attract nearly 1,000 people from the region. From August 23-29, local and out-of-town dance instructors will teach nine different styles of Latin dancing and participants will partake in social dance events, including several with live music. This will become an annual event.
The festival is open to everyone regardless of age and previous dance experience. Dance instructors including Edie Williams, or "Edie the Salsa Freak," and Carlos Cinta, or "El Unico Bachatero," will be teaching beginning through advanced level classes.
"The most exciting thing about partner dancing, in particular salsa, is that it crosses economic, cultural and age gaps," programming chair Santiago Candelaria said.
Since the social events highlight local dance venues, participants can continue dancing and apply what they have learned throughout the festival, even after it ends.
"For me, never experiencing any type of dance like this before is exciting because it gives me the opportunity to see what it's all about, take some classes and see if this is something that I'd really like to do," Kyla Donner, public relations committee member, said.
Events will be held in downtown Albuquerque at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Hotel Albuquerque, One-Up Elevated Lounge, The Library Bar & Grill and surrounding dance venues.
Tickets will be available in coming weeks at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival website and Ticketmaster although advanced purchases are not necessary. An overall ticket price for the entire week of events costs $149.00 with a discounted rate for early bird purchases at $99.00. Family and student discounts are offered as well. Evening events are individually priced between $10 and $15 and can be purchased at the door.
For more information, see the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival website.