Salsa classes add spice to dance scene

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

The salsa bug has hit Hedland and it’s spreading like wildfire.

Award-winning dancer Alissa Cleo arrived in town a month ago from the United States and hasreignited the dancing scene with Thursday night salsa classes.

Worried the town would be a stereotypical masculine miner town, Cleo said she had been blown away by the response from the community.

“Everyone has been pretty open to it so far and it’s really fun because everyone is relatively new and on the same level,” she said. “It’s been cool because a lot of people have been messaging me and calling me, telling me they’re glad someone’s bringing dance back to town and people have been encouraging me to put on more classes.”

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With classes open to any gender, age, skill level and interest level, Cleo said she hoped the interest stayed strong so she could bring other styles to the dance floor.

“I’m totally happy to teach any styles, for any kind of event, but Cuban salsa is a really cool community dance,” she said.

“I’ve always been more attracted to the street dances and the dances that are more cultural and traditional, evolving rather than the stiff formal side of things. Those dances have never appealed to me — it’s more the raw and fluid side of dance.”

With Latin influences shooting through the pop music scene, Cleo said now was the perfect time to learn salsa and get fit while having fun. The salsa dance classes will continue at the Yacht Club every Thursday at 6:45pm.

Contact Alissa on 0409 887 749 or visit her Facebook page at Dance with Alissa Cleo.

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