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Salsa Power on Display at Super Bowl: Embassy of Colombia in D.C. Offers Free “Ensálsate” Dance Less

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

“J.Lo” & Colombia’s Shakira Showcase Unique Latin Rhythm on World Stage

Washington, DC — The power of Salsa was on full display at the halftime show of Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, as Jennifer Lopez and the Colombia native Shakira made it clear that this rhythm is part of Latinos’ DNA. Their inspired performance on Sunday brought the world of Colombian Salsa into the spotlight.

The Embassy of Colombia in Washington, D.C. is offering free Colombian Salsa dance lessons, with the aim of turning this distinct expression of Colombia’s identity into a cultural trend in the Washington metropolitan area.

The one-hour lessons, offered by the Embassy once a month, include basic Salsa instructions and the opportunity to enjoy a taste of Colombia’s delicious coffee and Canelazo – a traditional hot alcoholic drink made with Aguardiente and cinnamon.

At the lessons, participants dance to the instructions of Yoii, a native of Cali, Colombia with more than 5 years of experience as a dancer and instructor of Colombian salsa and other Caribbean rhythms. With perfect English and plenty patience, she demonstrates the intricate movements that make Colombian salsa a unique experience, because of its speed and fast moves

Participants will also learn how since the 60's and 70's salsa became a central element of Colombia’s culture and discover the magic of the city of Cali, known as the Salsa Capital of the World and the abundance of exciting tourist destinations and activities for Salsa fans in Colombia.

When classes started in October 2019, between 20 and 30 people registered. In January almost 60 people registered per class. Attendees have included diplomats from around the world, academics and students, congressional staffers, among others.


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