Azucar! News – Week of June 24

Monday is news day on the Azúcar! Blog – our new Intro to Salsa session starts this week, and Ottawa has some great new salsa events happening this summer! Read on.

We’d like to thank everyone who came out to our student outing on Friday, and to our Open House on Saturday. We had a great time, and it was such a thrill to see you all out and dancing!

New Intro to Salsa session starts this week!
If you are taking your first steps into salsa, our new Intro to Salsa A class is for you. During this 7-week session, you will learn the salsa and merengue basic steps, partnering technique, as well as the fundamental moves that make up the basis of salsa. Intro to Salsa A classes will take place on:

  • Wednesdays, June 26 – August 7, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, with Ali and Darnell
  • Saturdays, June 29 – August 11, 11am to noon, with Ana and Jeff

If you have finished our Intro to Salsa A course, get ready to step into Intro to Salsa B, where we expand on the fundamentals learned in Intro to Salsa A, learn more complex beginner moves, and introduce styling! Intro to Salsa A classes will take place on:

  • Mondays, June 24 – August 5, 6:00pm to 7:00pm, with Ana and Jeff
  • Saturdays, June 29 – August 11, noon to 1pm, with Ana and Jeff

To register for any of our classes, email us at

Time change for Wednesday classes
Starting this week, our Wednesday Salsa: Intermediate 1 class and our Wednesday Bachata class are starting 30 minutes later. The new class times will be as follows:

  • Salsa: Intermediate 1 – 7:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Bachata – 8:30pm to 9:30pm

Latin Sparks Block Party by The International on June 29
The International is shutting down Sparks street from Metcalfe to O’Connor to provide you with a Latin Block Party. Read all about it here.

New Special Workshops by Emilie Phaneuf starting the week of July 8th!
This summer, Emilie is bringing you a fresh season of Reggaeton, Dancehall Funk, Salsa Styling and Burlesque classes! Come push the limits of your creativity and challenge yourself with these fun and hot routines! Class dates and times are as follows:

  • Burlesque – Mondays, July 8 – August 26, 8-9pm
  • Ladies’ Salsa Styling – Tuesdays, July 9 – August 27, 6-7pm
  • Dancehall Funk – Tuesdays, July 9 – August 27, 7-8pm
  • Reggaeton – Tuesdays, July 9 – August 27, 8-9pm

To find out more about these classes, check out their descriptions here. To register, email us at

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Outdoor Salsa at City Hall
We love summer, and we decided Ottawa needs more outdoor salsa events, so we’ve teamed up with Salsa Force and the City of Ottawa to bring salsa to City Hall! Starting on July 10, and continuing every Wednesday until the end of August, join us for a FREE night of outdoor dancing! Like the event’s Facebook page for all the details and opportunities to get involved!

Connect with us!
On Twitter: @AzucarOttawa
On Instagram: @AzucarOttawa
On Facebook: /AzucarOttawa

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Give your loved ones the gift of dance – send them an Azúcar! gift card from Click, order, and have the card send directly to them, electronically or by mail!

This week’s events
For a list of other socials happening this week, check out Salsa à la carte.


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