Rochester is currently covered in snow, but you can help create a hot little tropical realm on Thursday, January 10, by attending Essence of Rhythm's Island Touch Bachata Explosion. The event kicks off with a 7-9 p.m. workshop and dancing with the Island Touch team at Rhythm Society Urban Wellness Studios (90 Bittner St.). You'll learn Dominican style Bachata 7-8 p.m., followed by "Touch" Style Bachata 8-9 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
The evening continues with an Island Touch Bachata Invasion Party at Lovin' Cup Bistro (300 Park Point Drive), 9 p.m.-1 a.m. DJ El Tiguere Del Mambo will keep the tunes fresh and the audience will enjoy a special performance by Ataca Jorgie y La Alemana. Tickets for this segment are $5 before $11 p.m., or $10 after, and the party is open to ages 18+ with ID. For more information, call 749-6006 or visit rhythm-society.org.