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Salsa Fest gets people dancing

Published On: Jun 20 2013 08:00:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2013 09:51:49 AM EDT

Tunes were on tap Thursday night in Allentown, and so were the Dancers who were heating up the night.


Tunes were on tap Thursday night in Allentown, and so were the dancers who were heating up the night.

It's all part of the city's 'Noches de Ritmo' or Rhythm Nights summer program going on through September.

Music filled the air and rhythm moved their feet. It was salsa night at Allentown's West Park.

"Salsa to me is a rhythmic type dance, it has a natural flow to it," explained Javier Morales with

Morales led the group lesson. Beginners and regular dancers pulled out some spicy moves.

"Teaching people how to dance has always been a passion of mine," Morales shared. "Just watching people learn the first few steps."

About 150 people came out to take part in the event, but only a handful were brave enough to try the dance out.

"I'm actually counting what beat we should be stepping on," described Morales.

With a good teacher, they were able to pick up the steps fast. Morales says seeing the smiles and the happiness dancing brings to people makes teaching worth it. He's been doing it for 11 years.

"Our classes are structured for people right off the street, no dance experience," said Morales.

If you missed salsa night, the next rhythm night is Caribbean. It's set for Thursday July 11.