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aila! Baila! It’s a fête or session: Whatever the name, the end result is the same – when you are in the islands, dance ‘til you drop.

 

What is dance? If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then dance paints the image, the picture of the soul. The floor is the canvas and the body the brush. Each movement is a stroke, a work of art that captures the imagination. There’s a reason for the popularity of the term “Latin lovers.” Take a look at their dances: They sizzle with sexuality and physicality.

 

Dances of the Caribbean are a delightful mélange of rhythms and movements from around the world. The African and European influences that have been molded and blended to a style distinctively their own form the Latin rhythms of salsa, merengue and rhumba. Some of these dances have been popularized by the movies Shall We Dance, Strictly Ballroom, Dirty Dancing, and by the must-see ABC television show, Dancing with the Stars.

“So I wound up at a beachfront, toes-in-the-sand restaurant owned and operated by Guy Ferdinand, also known as CHEF HOT PANTS!”

Guaranteed, when one hears the rhythmic beats of the tambora and the conga drum mixed with the shrill sounds of a trumpet or the accordion-like melodeon, a party’s starting and the dancing is about to begin. With a mojito in hand, the dance floor beckons.

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