Sandy De Lara and Yves Ortegon of De Lara Dance continue to garner praise for their annual salsa socials. The two have a keen knack for showmanship, and you can always count on a De Lara Dance event to provide a sophisticated atmosphere, spectacular entertainment and a platform to dance to the night away. They’re holding nothing back this year as they prepare for the second-annual Black & White Salsa Ball at the Sterling Hotel on Saturday, March 26, 2010. Here’s what’s in store:
The spotlight at the Black & White Salsa Ball will be fixed upon talent, talent and more talent. The performance line-up this year is as diverse as it is impressive. Lisa Holt and Israel Pena of Frisco Powerhouse of Dance will perform a cha-cha-cha. Sandy De Lara and Roberto Lay will dance a tango-salsa fusion. Semeneya Dance Co. is coming from San Antonio to perform a salsa. Rumba Y Fuego is bringing the bachata (while attendees should bring a hand-held fan ’cause they’ll blow the A/C). Orizon O.T.P. Crew has prepared an eclectic dance piece and New Generation and Tropico Entertainment will dance the mambo. Sandy & Robert, Semeneya, Rumba Y Fuego and Tropico Entertainment have just recently returned from showcasing their talent at the 2011 Texas Salsa Congress and they’re primed and poised for more captivating performances. Lisa and Israel are a favorite ballroom couple of mine because they boast a beautiful partnership and, while they possess the control and grace of ballroom dancers, they can totally break it down at the same time. Orizon O.T.P. Crew was most recently seen by the salsa crowd at Let’s Dance For Our Future last month. Their choreographies were artistic, creative and crunk. The workshop they gave was my favorite, hands down. New Generation will be a first, and I can’t wait to see what these dancers have up their sleeve for this event.
De Lara Dance has partnered with LBC Event Photography featuring fashion photographer Lorenzo Brizeno to capture high-quality, long-lasting tangible memories of the second-annual Black & White Salsa Ball. Pack some extra cash in your wallet because he’ll be set up to provide instant prints at the event. Choose from digital or hardcopy formats in 5×7 or 8×10 dimensions. They’re offering exclusive discounts for the Black & White Salsa Ball and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Relive the glorious evening with breathtaking professional photographs and support a good cause at the same time.
When the show stops DJ Colombiano will take over with his vast selection of salsa, mambo, cha-cha-cha and bachata hits to move everyone out of their seats and onto the dance floor. DJC is all the rage right now and here’s why, in one word: selflessness. Wilson Franco is selfless. He’s not indulgent with his music, he puts the dancers first. Just the amount of time he puts into his collection is really very moving, to say the least. The man customizes a selection of songs specific to each event, for crying out loud! I peg him for a perfectionist, which translates to a guaranteed good time on the dance floor.
The De Lara Dance Black & White Salsa Ball takes place this Saturday, March 26 at the Sterling Hotel (1055 Regal Row, Dallas TX 75247). The event runs from 9:00pm until 2:00am and tickets cost $12 at the door. After-five or comparable attire is suggested (this is a salsa ball, not a salsa bar). As a special treat, Robyn Chance will join Roberto Lay to teach a bachata class from 9:15pm-10:00pm. Robyn is a stunning dancer from Austin who has teamed up with Robert and this pair makes magic onstage when they bachata. Lay is carving out his spot as a bachata force to be reckoned with, and my gut tells me the two will go far if they keep doing what they’re doing. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to learn a few new moves from quite possibly the best in the region (this, of course, is purely conjecture at this point, so come see for yourself and tell me what you think).