Summer Sizzle: Free Salsa and Ballroom Dancing at Vancouver’s Robson Square

Photo credit: John Bollwitt | Flickr

Photo credit: John Bollwitt | Flickr

Ready to salsa, tango and rumba and waltz?

Free salsa and ballroom dancing is being offered at Vancouver’s Robson Square, Fridays and Sundays throughout the summer.  Each weekend, the famous Robson Square Ice Rink is transformed into a glittering dance floor, with free lessons, professional performances and plenty of chances to show off your best moves.

Photo credit: Hisakazu Watanabe | Flickr

Photo credit: Hisakazu Watanabe | Flickr

Friday nights at Robson Square are dedicated to ballroom dancing.  DanceSport BC hosts a full evening of lessons and performances, from 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., June 27-Aug. 29. The action starts off with a free lesson at 8 p.m.  Throughout the night, professional dancers take the floor, while hundreds of aspiring amateurs do their best “So You Think You Can Dance” impression.  The focus on Fridays is firmly on traditional ballroom dancing, everything from waltzes and tangos to foxtrots and cha chas.  Dancers of all ages and abilities are welcomed to attend.

Photo credit: John Bollwitt | Flickr

Photo credit: John Bollwitt | Flickr

Sunday afternoons at Robson Square are for salsa.  Sunday Afternoon Salsa offers free lessons, live group performances and, of course, plenty of hot salsa music to groove to, from 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m., June 29-Aug. 24.  The fun begins with free, half-hour lessons at 3 p.m., where beginners can learn the basics of salsa from some of the city’s best instructors. A dance show follows at 5 p.m. featuring some of the city’s most illustrious dancers.  Finally, hundreds of amateur dancers from around the city take centre stage, shuffling and twirling into the summer night.  Everyone is invited to participate, even wannabe dancers who “claim they have two left feet,” according to the website.

A wintry view of Robson Square, during the 2010 Winter Games.  Photo credit: Tim Shields | Flickr

A wintry view of Robson Square, during the 2010 Winter Games. Photo credit: Tim Shields | Flickr

Robson Square is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, centred around Robson Street between Howe and Hornby Streets.

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