Category: Salsa / Last Updated: Thu May 16 / Written By: Michelle
Espirito Latino has moved from The Maid to it's neighbouring pub and next home, The Republic, for some of the winter months. If you've already read my blog about Espirito Latino at the Maid you would know that the main draw card for The Maid is it's beautiful beer garden which is perfect for summer but... not so great during winter.
As of last Sunday the 21st April Espirito Latino is downstairs in the basement of The Republic on Magill rd.
When you enter you are greeted by 3 flights of stairs running deeper and deeper underground, creating an air of mystery.
As you enter you are hit with the warm red glow of the lights and exposed brick walls making the whole bar feel cosy and inviting.
There is a working fireplace down there too making it extra cosy and inviting. Don't worry! It's nowhere near the dance floor so you can salsa without getting too hot. They really have thought of everything.
As always there are line dances, (or 'Animations' as they are called on the street Latin festival scene) so even beginners can get up and join in. This is also a great way to get involved if you are new on the scene and don't know anyone yet.
I asked Eleni about why she is hosting the event and what she is hoping to achieve
'It is a weekly social invite, open to dancers and non dancers alike. Connect, socialise, catch up with friends or make new ones, this is the aim.'
Dj Lobo is still hard at work making sure the Latin tunes are just right! The team behind Espirito Latino have now decided to do play 2 salsa songs, 2 bachata songs and then 1 Zouk and 1 Kizomba to keep the latin crowd happy and dancing all night long! Great mix!
'We mix Latin/brazilian with a touch of afro.music.... so there is chacha merengue, reggaeton, salsaton, salsa, bachata, Brazilian Zouk, samba and kizomba.Every 3rd song we play a Zouk but the rest is a blend of all the above.' says organiser, Eleni
As always there were special guest performers to kick off the night which the crowd really loved!
These ladies are in the traditional samba dress.
Once the show was over it was back to the dance floor!
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