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Upstate NY Latin Dance Fest 

There are few things sexier and more passionate than Latin dancing. If you're a fan of the salsa, mambo, cha cha, bachata, you'll want to check out the Upstate NY Latin Dance Fest, presented by Essence of Rhythm Latin Dance Co. and Imagen Magazine.

The event starts Thursday, September 13, and runs through Sunday, September 16. Thursday 9 p.m.-2 a.m. head to a pre-festival salsa clasica at Flat Iron Café (561 State St.), with a free salsa lesson and then dancing. Friday night, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., things move to Visual Studies Workshop Auditorium (31 Prince St.), with dance performances by national and international dance professionals and students followed by open dancing.

Dance workshops will take place Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at VSW. The classes are open to beginners up to advanced dancers and cover salsa, mambo, zouk, kizomba, cha cha, and other styles. Saturday night another party will take place 9 p.m.-3 a.m., and the event closes out with a Sunday night after-party at Flat Iron Café 8 p.m.-midnight.

Tickets for the event run from $15 for show/party passes to $135 for a full weekend pass. For more information or tickets call 749-6006 or visit rhythm-society.org.

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