Spicing Up Alaska With Salsa Dancing
Annual Salsa Festival brings hundreds
ANCHORAGE - A little footwork, eager dancers and Latin beats and you've got a recipe for Alaska's Salsa Festival.
Hundreds of Alaskans packed three rooms at the Hotel Captain Cook to get a taste of Salsa music, but most importantly to learn the moves.
"We have less access to a lot bigger dancers, bigger groups, famous names, so we bring them to us, we bring dancers from all over the world," said Michelle Holland, owner of Alaska Dance Promotions.
Salsa music which has origins in Cuba, has been around since the 1920s.
"Nice thing about it is, if you get the basics down, you can dance with just about anyone and really enjoy it," said Holland.
Mark Mastre and his girlfriend Antoinette were among dozens of couples in the class.
"We can see all the real styles, because Alaska doesnt have too much of that," said Antoinette.
Their ultimate goal is to gain confidence on the dance floor.
The festival continues through Sunday; for more details click here.