Salsa dancing to spice up Old Town event

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Salsa Fiesta in Old Town this weekend is going to be a hot one, no we’re not just talking about the jalapenos that are going into the dip all the salsa dancing which will be taking place.

“I think it really brings the heart of what our culture is with salsa and dancing and the music and the heritage right here in Old Town,” said Bree Ortiz with the Special Events Department of the City of Albuquerque. “So it is a cultural event for everyone to come out and enjoy.”

“We’re bringing Latin dancing of all kinds to the Salsa Fiesta,” said Emily Dunkin from Soiree Entertainment. “We’re doing a rumba, a salsa, a samba and a tango, an Argentine tango. So we’re switching it up a bit, we just wanted to incorporate all Latin culture. Make it spicy and hot and passionate.”

Spicy, hot and passionate are the goals that city organizers are hoping people will take away from the decade old event in Old Town.

“So it’s a little for all the senses,” added Oritz. “You can hear the salsa music, watch the salsa music and of course taste the salsa dip.”

“We just love to perform,” said Dunkin. “We love to have an audience and we love the energy of the audience, the music, everyone walking around watching us clapping, so we just love the energy.”

Free parking is available near 18th Street and Bellamah where a shuttle will pick you up and take you into the Old Town Plaza. If you choose to ride your bike, there is a free bicycle valet who will park your bike and return it to you after the event.

Everything runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the salsa contest judging from 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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