Salsa Nights at The Agave Room at Rio

For a fun start to the week, join us in The Agave Room at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant in Fort Collins for Salsa Dancing every Tuesday Night!  

FoCo Salsa Collective hosts “Salsa Night” in The Agave Room at Rio every Tuesday starting at 7:30 PM with an hour-long beginner-friendly salsa lesson, followed by a Salsa dance social from 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM.  No partner required to join us for the fun-filled evening (don’t worry, the bar is open, too).

The first Tuesday of the month features a live band performance with the Manabi Salsa Band or other guest artists! For a $10 admission, enjoy a lesson, dance social, and live music performance!  For the rest of the month, entry is $5 for a lesson and dance social.

 

Tell me more about Salsa Dancing…

Salsa dancing is a social dance, originally from Cuba.  The movements are a sort of mixture of Afro-Cuban dance, Son, cha-cha, mambo, and more. It first became popular in the United States in the 1970s in New York. Over time, salsa dancing has grown into a variety of distinct styles coming out of different regions of the U.S. and Latin America, such as New York and Los Angeles, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Columbia. Now, there are salsa dancing socials held all over in bars, ballrooms, nightclubs, restaurants, and even at outdoor festivals! Who doesn’t want to get dressed up, learn some new moves and get active, and have tons of fun doing it?!

 

OK, why should I try it?

Besides having fun, shakin’ your booty, and meeting new people, the health benefits of salsa dancing alone should be even more reason to get dressed up and go to a salsa dancing class or social!  

Health benefits include things like:

  • Bone and joint health – Dancing keeps our joints lubricated!
  • Weight lossDancing increases circulation and burns those calories!
  • Muscle targetingSalsa focuses on ALL major muscle groups!
  • Keeps your body “young”They say that dancing slows the aging process 😉 because it benefits your heart, cardiovascular system, and lung capacity!
  • Improved balanceBalancing in all of the various salsa dancing positions strengthens our stabilizer muscles, protects our core, and keeps us less prone to injury in daily life! Additionally, dancing connects our mind, body, and soul to help us express ourselves… now that’s balance!
  • Strengthen social skillsThere are tons of potential new friends at a salsa social! And everyone there is ready to dance and have fun!
  • Improved emotional healthSalsa is a fast-paced and fun form of Latin dancing with helps us burn calories and raise endorphins… and in the words of Elle Woods, “exercise makes endorphins, endorphins make us happy!”

What to wear to a salsa:

Don’t know what to wear? Here’s a list:

  • Dresses, knee length or shorter, but no mini-skirts (anything too short and tight will ride up)
  • Skinny jeans or leggings, nothing baggy
  • Cropped pants or capris, again though, nothing baggy
  • Shorts, mid-thigh or knee length, tight (NO Daisy Dukes)
  • Short-sleeved or sleeveless top, light-weight (It is still a workout! Beware of pit stains!)
  • Cardigan or sweater, no pullovers, and no hoods or pockets

SALSA NIGHTS

Every Tuesday Night

7:30p – 8:30p for beginner-friendly lesson

8:30p – 10:30p for salsa social

$10 for Live Band nights (First Tuesday of the Month), otherwise a $5 entry fee

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