It is a fun event for people all ages, says Nicole Smith, Latin
Night general manager. “It is a nonsmoking and nondrinking
event, so all people can come and learn and practice their dancing
The dance nights are three-and-a-half-hour sessions that allow
you to learn basic steps of salsa, merengue, and tango. The
introduction to each dance is short, but enough to get you
started. The teacher
starts off with the salsa. You learn four or five different
steps on a basic level, getting enough introductions to take
of the last two hours of practice.
The teacher moves on to the merengue. It is similar to salsa,
somewhat faster and truly entertaining if you like energetic
The last dance you learn is the diva of dances: the Argentine
tango. Anyone who thought that tango would be easy should think
again. This is a dance that demands a lot of practice. You
might learn the steps, but you also have to make it look good,
a high-quality tango requires grace more than anything.
When all these introductions are over, you are given two hours
of practice, shifting between all three dances. The diversity
on the dance floor is evident. You see people of all ages and
many nationalities, and a good mix of males and females.
If you’re lucky, during a break you can watch “Hot
Salsa” – Greg and Angel Henry – perform. Craig
is usually the instructor. The married couple competes in salsa
competitions all over America. They are proof of how it is supposed
to look, once you begin to find your feet.
We welcome everyone who wants to come and dance and socialize,” Smith
If you are interested in dancing, bring your friends and
have a great time on a Saturday night at YMCA Atherton.