Dance with me

THIS weekend, bring your sexy back and allow a dark-skinned stranger to seduce you for three minutes on the dance floor.

Or rekindle the passion in your marriage at a Latin party dancing with your love, surrounded by hot people strutting their stuff.

The Byron Bay Latin Fiesta is a festival of the Latin rhythms starting tonight and getting Byron Bay at its most 'caliente' until Sunday night.

There will be a major Latin party every night from today in Byron Bay, with a series of shows and demonstrations of a long list of rhythms by dancers and teams from across Australia and overseas.

If you would like to start learning to dance a specific rhythm or improve your skills, there will be workshops in every possible Latin dance style you can image from 10am until 5.30pm, including Kizomba, Bachata Sensual, Zouk Lambada, Cuban Salsa, Brazilian Salsa, Tango, Semba, African body movements, Cha Cha Cha and even Latin Hip Hop.

Two main bands will be providing live music during the parties.

Directed by percussionist and lead vocalist Gustavo Cereijo, thirteen-piece Afro-Cuban Salsa ensemble Chukale has been delighting Australian audiences since 2005.

The band built its reputation working from the ground up with residencies in a variety of Brisbane hot spots.

Oz Latin Brothers (OLB) are four brothers: Manfred, James, Shannon and Paul.

OLB have performed at a variety of Latin festivals and have now relocated from Sydney to the Gold Coast.

OLB will be performing at this year's Byron Latin Fiesta as a six-piece ensemble playing their Salsa, Timba, Merengue, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha repertoire.

There will also be a number of Latin DJs offering their best mixes, such as DJ Super Juan and DJ Cubanito.

The rhythms:

  • Salsa: This Cuban music derived from Mambo, Cha Cha Cha and Cuban Son became a popular dance in the 1970s in New York.
  • Bachata: Is a style of music and dance originated in the Dominican Republic.
  • Tango: The tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1890s along the Rio de la Plata, the natural border between Uruguay and Argentina.
  • Gafiera: Samba de Gafieira is a partner dance from the Brazilian samba musical rhythms.
  • Cuban Son: Also known as Son Cubano, this style of music and dance originated in Cuba and gained worldwide popularity in the 1930s.

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