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Dips & Salsa

Latin dancing heats up. No Macarena allowed.

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In Cleveland's Hispanic circles, the salsa has been the sleeper among Latin-dance steps for years. But thanks to the two-year-old Baila Duro social club, the lively cousin of the mambo, cha-cha, and paso doble is re-emerging as a fave among Northeast Ohio Latinos. "A lot of what we do is about the history that we have here," says instructor Efrain Flores. "It really is a revival movement. It's been hibernating."Once a month, the club meets on Cleveland's West Side in a smoke- and alcohol-free dance hall. Beginners can start with a 45-minute introductory salsa lesson before the vets rip up the floor for the next three hours. Flores says that anyone can master the dance. "I come from a Latin background, so it's in my family. But for others, it's a way to express themselves," he says. "For the past few years, salsa has become this universal phenomenon, and it's not just for Hispanics. You'll see everyone doing it." The club meets at 5:15 tonight at Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison Avenue. Admission is $7. Visit www.bailaduro.com for details.
Second Sunday of every month, 5:15 p.m., 2008

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