Vitruvian Salsa Festival

Passionate moves, short skirts, sweaty dancing—this summer is about to get even hotter! You’re invited to the Vitruvian Salsa Festival, which will be lighting up Saturday nights in August from 6 p.m.–10 p.m. through August 25 at the amphitheater at Vitruvian Park! This is a perfect opportunity to let your hair down and have some fun in the community.

Slip on your favorite high heels or dress shoes and get ready for an evening of dancing the salsa! The event starts at 6 p.m., wear you can start by fueling up at one of the gourmet food trucks on site. At 6:30 p.m., head over to the dance floor where Luis Delgadillo will lead the group in a 30-minute professional salsa lesson. Afterward, show off what you learned by dancing until 10 p.m. to music from top salsa bands and DJs! All dance levels are welcome, so feel free to invite as many people as you want!

Latin bands will also be headlining the Virtuvian Salsa Festival each week. Son Saraguey from Dallas will be performing August 11, Carabali from Dallas will be performing August 18 and Tumbaka from Houston will be performing August 25.

The Vitruvian Salsa Festival is the perfect event to invite a date, a group of friends or your co-workers! It has the opportunity to be a romantic evening of dancing under the stars, or a fun way to exercise, learn something new and enjoy delicious food.

According to Salsa Dallas, salsa and other Latin American dancing styles originate from Cuba and other Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and the rest of Latin America. North American salsa differs slightly. For example, New York salsa is heavily influenced by jazz instruments. Modern salsa dancers tend to incorporate other dance styles into their salsa, including shimmies, spins, rolls, acrobatics and lifts. One thing everyone can agree on? Salsa is a lot of fun, and a great way to move your body!

Although the Virtuvian Salsa Festival is free, parking will be $10. It is available at the Bella Lane Parking Lot and the Ponte Avenue Parking Lot at Vitruvian Park or at the Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex at 3815 Spring Valley Road in Addison. Event parking is prohibited at Addison Apartments at the Park, Fiori, Savoye, Savoye Squared and Vitruvian West. Follow the signs posted for your convenience for where to park.

The Vitruvian Salsa Festival is hosted by SalsaDallas, Vitruvian Park and the Town of Addison.

Salsa Dallas was founded by Delgadillo, who began the performing branch for SalsaDallas.com, called the Guajiro Dance Company, in 2001. Delgadillo started his career dancing salsa in Los Angeles in 1987. He moved to the North Dallas area in 1999 and began teaching individuals and groups beginner, intermediate and advanced dancing including salsa, merengue, bachata, cha-cha-cha, rumba cubana and more. During his career, Delgadillo has taught at the Hilton Anatole, UT Dallas, UT Arlington, AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Irving Convention Center, Memphis, Miami, San Diego, Seattle and many other places. He is also the founder of Dallas Salsa Congress, which has been bringing world-class performers to Dallas since 2006. In addition, he is the organizer of the Lone Star Salsa Fest at Cowboys Stadium and the Salsa Convention in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and New Orleans.

Vitruvian Park in Addison has 19 acres of green space, public art, live performance venues and dramatic water features. There are a variety of events hosted here throughout the year, including Vitruvian Nights Live, a free concert series of events that includes tribute bands, outdoor games and food trucks every other Thursday night until August 23, and Vitruvian Lights, a dazzling holiday celebration where the entire park is transformed with millions of sparkling LED lights and holiday activities.

The Town of Addison is “where it all comes together.” In just 4.4 square miles, Addison boasts more than 180 restaurants, 23 hotels, tons of attractions, limitless events and activities, countless retail shops and more than 12 million square feet of office space. Addison also hosts many events throughout the year, including the current Addison Summer Series, where every Friday night from 7-9 p.m. until August 31 you can enjoy live music and restaurant discounts.

With only a few weeks left of summer, it’s more important than ever to get outside and enjoy yourself! You will leave the Vitruvian Salsa Festival a happier, healthier, more relaxed version of yourself—what more could you ask for on a summer evening?

Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.

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