Salsa teacher Rita Maldonado will be on hand to teach “the kind of salsa that comes from the heart,” organizers said in a news release. Maldonado has been a salsa teacher for six years and dances and teaches “a number of Latin rhythms that are currently the rage on both coasts,” organizers said.
“Watching her dance,” says Rob Kerchen, “awakens the kind of excitement, ... well, you begin to see what dancing is really about.”
Maldonado’s passion for music and movement grew from her cultural roots in the Dominican Republic, the birthplace of Bachata. She even dances the popular upbeat reggaeton.
“Rita is the real deal,” said Moab resident Candace Butterworth. “I can’t believe someone like her is actually here in Moab.”
The first hour of the event will feature a group lesson on the basics of salsa, followed by an evening of dance. Those who attend will have the opportunity to learn salsa dance, merengue, some bachata introductions and perhaps a bit of Latin-style cha cha, organizers said.
The Moab Salsa Club will also offer a series of salsa classes in the coming weeks, according to the news release. The classes will be open to the public.