Colombian dancer Wilinton Vega taught 20 members of the 2SLGBTIQIA+ community and allies to dance salsa and merengue at Chroma’s most recent Creative Night. While showing movements and steps, Willinton also taught some essential Spanish phrases to impress during the evening.
The dance workshop, held at the Five and Dime on a warm June night included structured teaching followed by free dance time. Participants had the chance to practice their moves while Wilinton circulated on the dance floor providing one-on-one tips.
Attendees less interested in dancing enjoyed drinks, listened to musica latina, and practiced conversational Spanish. Among the expressions taught were “¿Quieres bailar conmigo?” (Would you like to dance with me), “que no pare la fiesta” (Don’t stop the party) and the popular “Azúcar” (“Sugar!”, a famous enthusiastic interjection used by the salsa icon Celia Cruz).
This Latin Dance Fiesta with Willinton Vega also marks the end of the Creative Nights project, which included unforgettable events such as the Queer Fancy Dress Afternoon Tea, digital art making with Jan Martin, and stamp making with Nat Cann. But it doesn’t mean that we are slowing down our activities. Follow us and participate in our family-oriented events in the coming weeks!