It will take two to Tango, plus one world-renowned dance instructor at Hotel Maya on Sunday, August 24 during the third presentation of Fuego’s “Latin Brunch Dine and Dance Series” featuring free Tango lessons.
Acclaimed Latin dance instructor Jackie Rios will lead the dance lessons from 12-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. with social dance from 3-5 p.m. The free Tango lessons coincide with the ever-popular Fuego Sunday Brunch that runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $37.00.
Live Latin music accompanies each “Latin Brunch Dine and Dance Series” and is interplayed with taped music for the Tango dance lessons.
The Fuego “Latin Brunch Dine and Dance Series” features Tango lessons on August 24 and Samba lessons on October 19.
“We are fortunate to have such a highly regarded Latin dance instructor to lead our free Latin dance lessons. Our guests have a fun time learning a new Latin dance while enjoying mimosas and brunch on the patio,” said Kristi Allen, General Manager at Hotel Maya a Doubletree by Hilton. “Fuego’s seaside location and the terrific southern California weather make an already unbeatable experience that much better.”
Rios has appeared in movies including “Shall We Dance,” “Dance With Me,” and “Salsa,” among others, and on television in “Dirty Dancing” and “Resurrection Blvd.” She has been a dance instructor for 25 years and has been teaching at John Casesse Dance Doctor Studio in Santa Monica, Calif., since 2006.
The varieties of Latin dances have diverse geographic reach and cultural influence says Rios, “Tango is the dance of love, where two people become one. The Argentina music, it’s slow and quick, kicks, and dips is what make this dance.”
“Samba, the dance of Brazil, is a combination of dances including salsa, rumba, and merengue. It’s the Carnival of dance. Salsa, the dance of the Caribbean, is hot and sensual and has become an international dance for all ages and levels. Rumba is the Latin waltz; it’s romantic with the Cuban hip motion. It’s a box step that once you learn it you can apply it to any slow tempo music,” she adds.
Fuego, the modern, Latin infused indoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge, offers a unique seaside setting featuring 13-foot-tall glass walls that fully retract with seating inside and on the patio area. Famous for its handcrafted margaritas, Fuego also boasts the largest tequila selection in the region. Fuego’s stunning open-air views include the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach skyline and Queen Mary. Fuego restaurant is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fuego lounge is open daily at 11 a.m. For Fuego Sunday Brunch reservations, which are strongly encouraged, please call 562-481-3910 or visit the Facebook page.
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