Salsa dancing with Stilo Dance Company.
Salsa venue overview:
Post update: This salsa venue has been cancelled and no longer held at this location.
The cost for the social dancing is $5. It is a dance studio and there is no age restrictions to get in. Parking is free and the parking lot is right in front of the studio. The social dancing starts at 10pm and ends at midnight. Just like at any salsa venue the level of dance experience of people who come there is different. There are ASU students that are taking salsa classes with David Olarte and just starting to learn dancing, and there are experienced and intermediate dancers that know David from teaching salsa at different venues in Phoenix metro. There is also a salsa lesson before the social.
About the organizers of this salsa venue:
The group behind the venue is the Stilo Dance Company, with David Olarte as their director (on the picture above he is in the middle dressed in white shirt). The number of people in this company changes over time with an average size being about 4 couples. They often participate as a group in salsa competitions. In 2013 they took 3rd place in the Annual World Latin Dance Cup that was held in Miami Florida. It had salsa dancers from around the world. The number of total participants (couples and groups) was about 800. Some of best salsa dancers from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador were in that world championship. The amount of time and effort the Stilo group had to spend, not just to be able to compete with those guys, but to win, one can only imagine.
The music that is played during the night is mostly salsa with some bachata in between the salsa songs.
Why I like this salsa venue:
I have learned about this dance group by taking a salsa class with David Olarte about 2 years ago. I have been taking classes with Stilo that are open to public and going to their social events almost since the day I started dancing salsa. They moved their class and venue for social dancing a couple of times (Scottsdale, Chandler, downtown Phoenix, now Tempe) and I kind of followed them around. In spite of winning salsa world championships they are nice, friendly, and very down-to-earth group of people. They put their hearts and souls into dancing and teaching dance, and it is always a pleasure taking a class or social dance with anyone from this group. Their classes and social events attract dancers of all levels of experience from beginner to advanced and you will find someone to dance with whether you have been dancing all your life or started just a few days ago.