Tuesday, July 12, 2011

“Downtown Clayton Dance Party” This Thursday at Horne Square

Downtown Clayton will come alive with the sounds of Salsa dancing at the “Downtown Clayton Dance Party” on Thursday July 14 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  The Clayton Downtown Development Association, Inc. (CDDA) has partnered with DPM Studios owner Raquel Williams to provide some Salsa lessons and then a dance party under the stars at Horne Square at Main & Lombard streets. The event on August 11 will feature Swing dancing.

“We wanted to do something a little different to promote downtown Clayton in the middle of summer,” said CDDA Promotion Committee Chair, Debbie Romano. “Hopefully, folks will come downtown a little earlier for dinner and then walk over to Horne Square for a dance lesson and show off what they’ve learned or already know!”

The $5 per person dance lesson, taught by Ms. Williams, will be held from 7:15 pm – 7:45 pm and then she will play salsa and similar type music until 9:00 pm for people to enjoy. Refreshments will include Pelican Sno-balls, DD&J’s Kettle Corn and the CDDA will provide Sangria, beer, wine and soft drinks.

“The salsa dance lesson will be easy to learn and fun! We invite families, singles and couples of all ages to attend this event,” says Raquel Williams.  “We are growing as a dance community here in Clayton. Many students are using dance as a fitness alternative and as a social means to meet new people. This public event is sure to bring those who love dancing together as well as those who want to try dancing for the first time.”

DPM Studios, located at 468 E Second Street, offers instruction for various types of dance, including salsa, Latin, ballroom, east and west coast swing, country western, and even line dancing. They are available for onsite instruction at parties, reunions and wedding receptions.

Today's Salsa dancing is a rich blend of Latin-American and Western influences. Salsa is typically a partner dance, although there are recognized solo forms, line dancing (suelta), and Rueda de Casino, where groups of couples exchange partners in a circle. Salsa can be improvised or performed with a set routine, choreography and freestyle.

The Clayton Downtown Development Association’s mission is to lead the redevelopment of Clayton’s historic downtown as a primary arts, cultural and social center.

For more information call 553-1545 or DPM Studios at 655-5346 or send an email to claytondowntown@gmail.com. Updates can be found at www.downtownclayton.org.

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