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Dallas Salsa: February 10 - 12

Trade in your dinner reservations for a salsa dance this Valentine's Day.
Trade in your dinner reservations for a salsa dance this Valentine's Day.
Ashley Balcazar

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

Link: www.ilovesalsa.com

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

Link: ww.epiphanydancearts.org

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.

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