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Dallas Salsa: February 10 - 12

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The mere mention of “Valentine’s Day” tends to conjure images of hearts and flowers, candies and cupids and all things romantic. But in reality, the heart is a bloody organ, flowers die, candies get eaten and pudgy arrow-toting cupids are make-believe. Ah, but dance – that’s real. And it’s romantic.

Whether you’re already attached or looking for love, a night of salsa dancing is a perfect way to engage the heart. Dim lights, mood music and connection are far more inflammatory than sitting across a table from someone. This year, trade in your cliché dinner reservations for a dance at any one of these DFW salsa events:

I Love Salsa Congress

The Cellar Restaurant & Bar

220 E. Las Colinas Blvd. Irving, TX 75039

Friday from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Saturday from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. plus day-long workshops

Sunday from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Tickets range from $10 - $130 for weekend packages


2012 brings the 2nd annual I Love Salsa Congress presented by Salsa Dallas Promotions. The event runs from Friday night until Sunday night at The Cellar Restaurant & Bar in Las Colinas and features performances from local and international professionals, social dancing and instructional workshops during the day. Call 214-923-9404 for more information.

Dawn: A Love Story

Granville Arts Center

200 N. 5th Street, Garland TX 75

Friday at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)

Saturday (show only) at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)

Saturday (dinner at historic Pace House and show) at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets range from $22 - $120


Epiphany DanceArts of Dallas is presenting a Valentine’s Day adaptation of their dance concert, Dawn: A Love Story on Friday and Saturday at Granville Arts Center in downtown Garland. The Saturday night production offers a Romantic Ticket Package featuring dinner at the historic Pace House in Heritage Park, a salsa lesson with salsa champion Monica Flores and admission to the show. Read more about the event here.

Red & White Cupid Tropical Party in Addison

Azure Restaurant Bar

4080 Beltline Rd. Addison, TX 75001

Saturday from 9:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Sunday

Admission is $5 after 9:30 p.m.

Link: Red & White Cupid Tropical Party in Addison

The Red & White Cupid Tropical Party in Addison is presented by DJ Leo Mix at Azure Restaurant & Bar on Saturday from 9:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. They’re offering a dinner discount of 10 percent from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and $5 mojito and margarita drink specials after 10:00 p.m. Dress code is enforced and red and white-themed attire is encouraged. Call 214-493-3257 or 469-438-4797 to reserve a table.

“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every fowl cometh there to meet his mate” - Chaucer, The Parliament of Fowls.