Fresh Salsa

During our college years, we thought one semester of Intro to Salsa Dancing would have us destroying club floors come winter break. But to truly master the art requires years of sweat and perseverance. And from September 7 to September 9, we’ll have the chance to behold such dedication when some of the world’s most dizzying dancers gather for the 2012 Boston Salsa Festival. Hosted at Springstep (98 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, 781.395.0402), the fest will allow attendees a look at scorching performances from local troupes and visiting companies like San Francisco’s SalsaMania. They’ll also get the opportunity to bust some moves of their own at daily workshops and nightly DJ-led dance parties. So stretch those calves, shine up your shoes, and visit bostonsalsafest.com to find the full schedule and passes ($85–$210).

 

Not ready for the fest? No worries: spots around town offer newbie-friendly salsa classes every night of the week.

An Tua Nua (835 Beacon Street, Boston, 617.262.2121) | Beginner/Intermediate Salsa and Bachata Class, Wednesdays from 8:30 to 10 p.m., $10.

Club Caribé (Courtyard Marriott, 777 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, 617.513.9841) | Introduction to Salsa, Thursdays from 9 to 10 p.m., $17 (includes hors d’oeuvres).

The Dance Complex (536 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. 617.547.9363) | Beginning Salsa, Mondays and Thursdays from 8 to 9:30 p.m., $14.

Havana Club (288 Green Street, Cambridge, 617.312.5550) | Beginner and Intermediate Salsa Lessons, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 10 p.m., $12.

Ryles Jazz Club (212 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, 617.876.9330) | Beginner Salsa, Tuesdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m., $13, Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., $13, and Sundays from 6 to 8:15 p.m., $10.