Salsa festival brings about 500 to dance workshops

first_imgDancers on Sunday heated up the Vancouver Convention Center to that infectious Latin beat.An estimated 500 participants from the West came to dance and learn from the professionals at the Rose City Salsa Festival and Timba Too! Instructors at the three-day fest came from the East Coast, Detroit, California, Seattle and Portland. Two are originally from Cuba.”I like the music, that for me is the first thing,” said participant Paula Mara, 57, from Davis, Calif. “I like the physical activity and the social aspects, and it’s an activity you can do all your life.”She said it is fascinating to hear dancers say, “We do it this way in Miami, or we do it this way in Seattle.”Why salsa dancing?“Great exercise,” said George Caceres, a festival organizer from Portland. “It’s a very inviting environment.” He added people were at the festival because of “the love of the music and the love of the dance. … It’s an opportunity for two people to connect.”This was the second year the festival has been at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.In one room Sunday, students were in an Afro-Timba class. Timba is Cuban salsa. Leading the class were instructors Duane Wrenn of Detroit and Katie Hernandez of Los Angeles and originally from Cuba. A woman in the front row of the crowded class wore a pink T-shirt carrying this maxim: “Hips don’t lie!”last_img read more