Salsa at the Sheraton

Free Salsa dance lesson at 8 PM. Open dancing starts at 9 and runs until about 11 PM.

This is a non-hosted event. Carlota Silva, a local dance instructor who specializes in Latin dance instruction, provides the lesson each week. There is no charge, but she has to pay a DJ each week, so she asks for donations.

There is usually a pretty good turn out, both for the dance lesson and for dancing afterward. Carlota is good at adjusting the level, depending on who shows up. If they're mostly true beginners, she keeps it simple, but if they're mostly intermediate or above, she'll ramp it up a notch or two.

The atmosphere is pretty relaxed and since they use the ABQ Grill area (and set up a couple of tables outside in the hallway for people to get a breather), this event is potentially open to people under 21, though it seems to be a fairly large mix, probably from people in their 30's at the younger end, to people in the 40's and 50's and maybe a few older at the higher end. Fun atmosphere and some really good dancers tend to show up around 9. Drinks ARE available at the bar, which is up closer to the front of the hotel.

If you come in the front entrance of the hotel, just keep walking until you can't go any further. They should have set up the dance area by around 8 and Carlota should be there with her DJ. Look for the two big round tables out in the hall. The dance floor is inside the French doors where the cafe normally is set up.

The hotel has, on occasion, held the Salsa event in another location when they need to keep the cafe open past 7:00 or whenever their usual closing time is. If you don't see the setup at the ABQ Grill area, ask where the Salsa event is being held up at the front desk. It's easier to have them tell you than for me to try to describe their usual alternate location.

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