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Tuesday-night salsa sessions at Floridita

Posted on May 7, 2014

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square-richard-marcelIconic Soho venue Floridita launched the first of its Tuesday-night salsa sessions last night, with Strictly Come Dancing‘s veteran choreographer Richard Marcel (pictured).

Richard led guests through the popular Latin dance, with an earlier session allowing complete novices to master their first steps whilst a second, later session gave those well-versed in the moves the chance to show off their skills.

The sessions aim to showcase sumptuous Floridita, which, at 100 Wardour Street, is built on the historic site of the legendary Marquee Club in Soho.

Marcel has an extensive background in dance, and his expertise in a diverse range of styles has led him to work with some of the world’s biggest stars including Madonna, Kylie Minogue, George Michael, Diana Ross and Tom Jones.

He also works regularly for UK primetime entertainment shows, commercials and music videos, with his major TV credits including So You Think You Can Dance, Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Splash! and Children In Need. Richard was choreographer and stage director for the 2010 Royal Variety Performance and also choreographed everything from class scenes and club numbers to competitive showstoppers in this year’s Britflick Cuban Fury (see our interview with him in the March issue of Dance Today).

After strutting their stuff on the dancefloor, guests can enjoy a delicious meal from the Floridita kitchen, showcasing modern Latin American and Cuban cuisine. Choose from a decadent three-course meal at £45, which includes Floridita’s legendary mojito cocktail and a 45-minute salsa class or alternatively £20 just for a salsa class and a cocktail.

To continue the salsa vibes and compliment the lessons, guests can enjoy an array of live music from spectacular Cuban bands, helping diners to improve their steps from 8:30pm onwards.

The next session will take place on May 13, from 6:30pm to 7.15pm for beginners and 7:30–8:15pm for intermediate dancers.

For further information or to book, see or call 020 7314 4000

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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