Celebrating 3 years of Salsa in the suburbs
An interview with Darin Price of Essence of Rhythm Dance Company by the Democrat and Chronicle writer Julio Saenz!
Tonight is the third anniversary of Salsa Nights at the Lovin’ Cup. It seems like it was just yesterday that the eclectic club adjacent to RIT’s sprawling campus started hearing the sounds of the “clave”. Many bands and many dance steps later, organizer Darin Price has reached a milestone.
Why did you start the events?
The motivation behind starting Salsa Nights at Lovin’ Cup was to give our Latin music and dance community a monthly event that was like no other. Somewhere they could experience live music, special guest performances and great music in a welcoming environment. Our focus was dance, Great Latin music and just a place for all to have a really good time.
What has surprised you the most since starting the whole thing?
I’m most surprised at how large it has grown. I recall the first night we had only maybe 40 people show up and that was including the band. Now we can have 40 people show up for our lesson from 8pm-9pm. We now average over 200 people each month. That’s not bad for a Thursday night.
What led you to choose a location deep in the suburbs?
I chose the location for several reasons. I really wanted to find a location where the Hispanic students and the Latin Music & Dance lovers at RIT could go. Many do not have transportation and cannot easily get to a downtown location.
I wanted to find a place with no history. I did not want people to have preconceived opinions about our location. We wanted to create a new experience. Lovin’ Cup was only a couple years old when we started and certainly not known in the Latin Music and Dance Community. I wanted a place that where all would feel safe. And lastly, it had to be a place where live music can be played! We are most certainly happy with the venue and staff who have provided tremendous support over the years.
You can join Darin and the Essence of Rhythm Latin Dance Co. tonight, September 26th. There will also be an amateur couples dance contest with cash prize of $300 for the winning couple.
Doors open at 8 pm with salsa/bachata lesson from 8pm to 9pm. The open dancing is from 9 pm-1am and the event is 18 and over. Admissino is $5 before 11 pm and $10 after. The Lovin’cup Bistro is located at 300 Park Point Drive.
Visit the www.rhythm-society.org for more info.
A note from Lovin’cup! Darin – thanks for bringing our place three years of excitement, dedication and fun! You are the best!