LET'S GET LOUD: At the Byron Theatre from today to Sunday.
LET'S GET LOUD: At the Byron Theatre from today to Sunday. Samo Trebizan

Byron Bay Latin Fiesta is on this weekend

HAVE you ever dreamed of sashaying around the dance floor with your partner (or a stranger) to a hot lambada, a sweaty salsa or a passionate bachata?

The Byron Latin Fiesta is on this weekend and caters for beginners to maestros, offering a schedule full of dancing classes and social dances where the couples will show off their skills.

This year, the line up includes guest teachers Anais Minion from France, Edwin Ferreras from Dominican Republic and Cruz Vazquez, a Cuban dancer who calls Australia home.

There will also be more 30 Australian and local dancers coming to teach their best moves, including Csaba Szirmai, who became popular as one of the professional dancers on reality TV show Dancing With the Stars.

This year, the festival will again feature live music: Afro-Cuban salsa ensemble Chukale, directed by percussionist and singer Gustavo Cereijo, and Queensland's fusion band Bombolaye.

Festival organiser Sky Blue said beginners will find plenty of opportunities to get into Latin dancing.

"From last year, one of the focuses of the festival is to be a great opportunity to people to have a go in a safe and enjoyable environment," she said.

The social parties will have a mix of rhythms to keep all lovers of Latin dance happy.

"The Salsa Room, at the Byron Theatre, will be 50% Salsa, and 50% cha cha cha, merengue, with a touch of bachata and salsaton," she said.

"The Party Room, upstairs at the Byron Centre, will play 40% bachata and 60% of Kizomba and Zouk rhythms."


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