BANDON — Put on your dancing shoes, Bandon’s Odd Fellows Hall is the site for an intensive Salsa workshop and ballroom dance on Saturday, Feb. 22. The day will be composed of three one-hour sessions geared to make your salsa moves go from hot to hotter to hot-hot-hot.
Leah and Jeff Velez of Salseros Dance in Eugene will present three one-hour salsa sessions starting at 1:30 p.m. with the basics for absolute beginners. Two additional sessions follow to make your salsa more interesting, emphasizing musicality and additional steps. By day’s end you’ll be ready to take your new salsa moves to the dance floor.
Leah and Jeff have been dancing, teaching, choreographing and spreading the joy of dancing for nearly two decades. Their experience includes teaching both beginners and aspiring competitive dancers across the country.
Faith Slater, president of BOBDA emphasized, “The type of coaching and specialized instruction Jeff and Leah provide isn’t often available in our area. This is an opportunity to learn more about Salsa and about couples dancing — why it fascinates and captures our interest.”
After the day’s workshop and a dinner break, BOBDA will host a couples dance at 7:30 p.m. Different ballroom dances such as tango, waltz, swing, hustle and lots of extra salsa are on the playlist. The dance music spans the gambit from Gershwin to Gaga and appeals to both adults and youth. The evening is a terrific way to learn more about ballroom dance in general and about other dance opportunities on the South Coast.
This is a dance for anyone who enjoys ballroom or couples dancing, or wants more information about learning to dance like the stars. The whole community is welcome, and before the night is through, ballroom dancers are happy just to dance with you. No partner is required, and dancers of all ages, at all levels are welcome.
The day’s instruction and dancing is $15 for adults and $8 for youth and students. The venue, the Bandon Odd Fellows Hall, is located at the junction of state Highway 42S and Ohio Avenue, about a quarter mile off of U.S. Highway 101.
BOBDA is a community dance group, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with a mission to promote ballroom dancing in Bandon and all along the Oregon Coast. BOBDA dances happen nearly every Saturday night and are drug and alcohol free.
"Think you have two left feet?" said organizer Dwight Comer. "We will prove you wrong."