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If there is one thing that most Latinos can agree upon is the fact that the love for dance is ingrained in our culture.

Denver and its surrounding areas has amazing opportunities for live music, good drinks, and good beats to fill any Latino's need to shimmy around the dance floor, and take them back to their roots. There are a few places in the city that most prefer to others, but given the chance to hear the pure sounds of merengue, salsa or a little reggeaton most Latinos can agree that once you start to swing your hips and spin around the dance floor, no matter where you are, there is no stopping us.

Every week Wednesday and Friday in Downtown Denver, Mercury Cafe offers Argentine Tango dancing and classes.

Every Tuesday at the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant by Park Meadows Mall, salsa lessons are available for $5 a person from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. followed by an open dance from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. where you can bring a friend or meet a new one. Not to mention their great margaritas are not but an arms length away.

La Rumba in Denver is a well known place around the community especially on Thursdays, although the DJ only plays about 30-40% salsa, ladies get in free until 10:00 p.m. and guys pay $7. There are also lessons available at 9:30 p.m.

If you are looking for more of a night life crowd you can go to Noches en la Catedral (Latin Night at the Church Night Club) Free salsa lessons begin at 9:30 p.m. (21+)

Lastly, if you are looking for Flamenco, thats another story, as venues always seem to be changing, and tracking events down seems to be a bit tricky. When you do happen to stumble in on a class or a Juerga (Flamenco live music jam session) you know you are one of the lucky ones. For more information about upcoming events, or classes you can contact Natalia Perez de Villar at (720) 771-7223 or visit

So when you do get that need for Latin rythms and hitting the dance floor, Denver is no stranger to the Latin beats.