Harry Trindad and his wife moved to Carmel approximately five and a half years ago and wondered where they could go dance Salsa. Coming from the Bronx and being Puerto Rican, Harry wanted to continue enjoying this important part of his culture that he was very passionate about. ”When we moved up to Carmel, we discovered that there were no places to go to dance Salsa and if we wanted to dance what we truly loved, we would have to drive at least an hour or more into the city.” Harry explained. “Salsa is a dance that is popular throughout the world and I wanted to make sure it is well represented and available right where I live.”
After living in Carmel for three years and getting tired of traveling down to the city to find Salsa venues, Harry and his wife decided to start teaching and launched the Salsa Picante Dance Studios at 571 North Main Street, 2nd Floor in Brewster in hopes of forming a community of like minded people who had the same passion for Salsa as they did.
After teaching for about six months, they saw it was catching on and decided to start doing Salsa events. Harry felt that that they would be able to enjoy the dancing themselves and encourge the community of Salsa aficionados they were building to be able to enjoy the dance without having to travel so far. In addition to being a Salsa instructor, Harry is also a promoter and DJ so he spins the tunes at all of his events.
During the last two and a half years that Harry and his wife have been teaching Salsa, they hosted Salsa dances with live bands, a Salsa Cruise to Bermuda, a weekend Salsa event in the Catskills, which by popular demand is coming back this August 19-21, 2011, and they recently began combining a Comedy Series followed by dancing that has worked out very well and growing in popluarity.
The Trindad’s have some great things in store this coming year like a Pre-Valentines day Salsa dance in Sciortino’s Restaurant in Brewster on Saturday February 12th, featuring the world famous and Grammy nominated band, The New Swing Sextet as well as another Catskill Salsa Weekend in August.
The Trinidad’s have built a great community of students and have made many good friends in the process. “We are very proud of what we have accomplished and have been shown much gratitude and appreciation many times over for what we have brought to the community. Salsa dancing is an activity that almost anyone can do and something that can bring much joy to someone’s life.” Salsa dancing has the benefits of exercise for cardio health and keeping your mind sharp as you focus on learning the various turn patterns and techniques.
For more information about Salsa dancing and signing up for one of their dancing classes, visit their website at http://www.meetup.com/salsapicantedance. Classes are only $10 each with no committment. Give it a try. Don’t have a dance partner? Don’t worry, solo dancers are welcome and you will meet new people and make new friends.