Put on your dancing shoes: 5th Annual Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival

Put on your dancing shoes: 5th Annual Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival

Cooler weather may be in the forecast but things will be heating up around town this weekend at the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival. Now in its fifth year, the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival has something for everyone. Enjoy classes, open dances, film and lectures.

Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival

Dance off the week at Salsa on Old Town Plaza with live music from the salsa and Latin music group Ivon Ulbarri & Café Mocha and DJ P.A. Trix. Known for their distinctive voice and signature arrangements of popular mariachi, blues, and pop songs, Ivon Ulbarri & Café Mocha is sure get you moving.

Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival - Dance Class

For those looking to learn a few moves from the pros, head over to the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Saturday and Sunday for dance classes for all skill levels and ages. Classes in salsa, merengue, mambo, cha cha, rumba and more will be offered. Click here for the class schedule.

Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival - Film Screening

Get an inside look at the art of Latin dance at one of the many film screenings and lectures offered throughout the weekend also at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Film screenings include "La Salsa Cubana", "The Duke of Cachata" and "Flamenco School". Enjoy a multimedia presentation titled "Bachata Dance & Music: Roots, Style and Evolution" from documentary filmmaker and dance instructor Adam Taub. For the full film screening and lecture schedule, click here.

Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival

On Saturday, dance the night away under the stars at Plaza Mayor at the National Hispanic Cultural Center with music from Toby Love and Son Como Son. Grammy nominee Toby Love is known for his modern twist on bachata, infusing dance and music into a performance that is sure to get you dancing. Local salsa favorite Son Como Son is a nine-piece band, whose blend of rhythms and sounds have made them one of the top dance bands in the Southwest.

Tickets and more information can be found on the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival website.
Natalie

A California girl in the high desert, Natalie spends her time taking in Albuquerque's rich film and theater scene and cheering on the University of New Mexico Lobos. She is a fan of all things "nerd" and perfecting her recipe for Green Chile Stew. Natalie lives in Albuquerque with her husband.

 

Natalie is an Administrative Assistant for the Marketing, Communications & Tourism department at Visit Albuquerque. The opinions shared on this blog are her own. 

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