by Channel 2 News staff
Thursday, July 22, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Anchorage's Club Soraya hosted a crash course in the art of salsa dancing, as the first annual Alaska Salsa Festival kicked off Thursday night.
The four-day festival teaches people how to dance the salsa, the cha-cha and other Latin American social dances. Instructors from all over the world will be in Alaska this weekend, including 2010 ESPN Salsa Champion Liz Lira.
The event is aimed at dancers of all levels.
"You can do it and just have fun and just do it as a social, just kind of shake it up, that kind of thing," said dance instructor Michelle Holland. "But people also take it to new heights and new levels where they are very athletic about it, and they want to do it with so much style and so much passion and -- it's just, it's really fun."