by Heather Lile
Hot summer nights just naturally lend themselves to hot salsa dancing. The allure of a room full of bodies moving in rhythm to captivating Latin music is enough to get anyone tapping their toes and aching to join in. Enter, the Idaho Salsa Congress at the Knitting Factory.
Beginning and expert dancers can and will mingle on the dance floor, moving to the beat of DJ Giovanni and La Fuerza Caliente—one of the genre's most well-known groups. Rumba y Cache Dance Company from Portland, Ore., and Salsa Con Rumba Dance from Richland, Wash., will perform as well.
Before the party kicks off downstairs at 9 p.m. with group lessons, live music and the pros showing their stuff, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a salsa workshop at 3 p.m. or a bachata workshop at 4 p.m. upstairs. The cost for each workshop is $5 at the door. Private and semi-private lessons are available with Rumba y Cache, too. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
You must be 18 or older to attend the Salsa Congress, and a full bar is available for those with an ID. The first hour will consist of a group lesson, followed by performances and dancing until 2 a.m. Tickets are $20 at the door and online. Discounted tickets ($15) are available at the Doubletree Hotel Boise-Riverside on Chinden Blvd. between 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. today during the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce luncheon.