Dancers will spice up Latin Caribbean Night with showcase

HOT MOVES: Marites Flores and Laz Sandilands will perform with students at the WIN Latin Caribbean Night.
HOT MOVES: Marites Flores and Laz Sandilands will perform with students at the WIN Latin Caribbean Night. Mike Richards

LATIN flair will reign supreme in Gladstone this month.

A highlight of the Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours Latin Caribbean Night on May 31 will be a showcase by skilful Latin dance teachers Laz Sandilands and Marites Flores and their pupils.

The couple holds weekly classes and it is the first time students have had the chance to showcase their newfound moves at the annual WIN event.

"They had to step up and they have," Mr Sandilands said.

Genres performed will include street-style salsa and cha cha.

"There are a lot of fancy movements in it," Mr Sandilands said.

The Latin Caribbean Night provides fantastic exposure for the Latin dance classes, with hundreds of attendees at last year's event pouring onto the floor after the dance showcase to learn steps.

"We really just want to let Gladstone know we're here," Ms Flores said.

Their love was a boon for local dance, with the meeting in the middle of their original homes - Mr Sandilands from Mackay and Ms Flores from Brisbane.

Mr Sandilands is practiced in 12 styles of dance and Ms Flores is proficient in nine.

Mr Sandilands has been teaching for 13 years in total and three years in Gladstone.

The pair decided to host classes after community members showed interest when they went to venues and hit the floor to dance for fun.

It is $5 to participate in the weekly Latin dance classes, which run on Thursdays from 7.30-9pm at the Gladstone Tennis Club.

HOT-FOOT IT

  • The Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours Latin Caribbean Night is on May 31 from 7pm at the Gladstone PCYC and includes a performance from Latin show band Cali Sabor, a DJ, raffles and more.
  • Visit www.win-australia.org.au.
HOT MOVES: Marites Flores and Laz Sandilands will perform with students at the WIN Latin Caribbean Night.
HOT MOVES: Marites Flores and Laz Sandilands will perform with students at the WIN Latin Caribbean Night. Mike Richards


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