Salsa, mambo, merengue, bachata… like every Wednesday, Brighton’s Bandstand turned into a crowded latin dancefloor last night! Experienced dancers as well as people who were just passing by dropped in and joined the crowd for a salsa or two.
What initially seems like a spontaneous latin dance meet, has in fact been running for almost eight years now. The woman behind the scenes, or had we better say behind the speaker box placed at the entrance to the Bandstand, is Patricia De Souza.
When the Bandstand got renovated eight years ago, the passionate hobby dancer came up with the idea to organize a weekly latin dance evening out here.
“It’s such a lovely place to dance, so I just asked the council for permission and they said it was fine”, Patricia tells us. Since then, the Bandstand turns into latin dancefloor every Wednesday night between the end of May and the end of October.
“As long as it is dry, we are out here playing music. Anyone can come along. You don’t have to be able to dance. Of course, most people who come here obviously can, but you can also just come along and do your own thing”, says Patricia laughing.
Although she has done latin dance classes in Brighton in the past and is currently teaching up in London, Wednesday night is just about socializing and having fun.
So, what were the basic steps for salsa again? Doesn’t matter, just come along and enjoy yourself!
Where? Brighton Bandstand, When? Every Wednesday night from 7:30 pm till 10 pm. Info? Join the facebook group to see whether it will take place (depending on the weather).