Kings of Salsa Dance Show Coming to CFA Oct. 19

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: September 21, 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present Kings of Salsa on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts, UB North Campus.

Pre-performance Salsa demonstrations and lessons will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. in the atrium

The Kings of Salsa dance show is an explosive showcase of some of the best contemporary dance that Cuba has to offer. The high-voltage show pays homage to the great Cuban performers and dance styles while maintaining a cool, contemporary twist. Classic Cuban dances like the Mambo, Rumba and Cha Cha are juxtaposed seamlessly against the Afro-Caribbean flavor of Havana's modern-day street salsa and hip hop.

The electrifying mix of performers and styles is all backed by Cuba Ashire, a nine-member band whose intoxicating Latin rhythms and stratospheric brass sections bring a slice of Cuban culture to the stage. The combination of expert dancers, exhilarating Cuban dance and authentic Latin music helps to make the Kings of Salsa an awe-inspiring experience.

About the Kings of Salsa, the Bangkok Post said, "The overall choreography echoed the beauty of youth and human desire. Undeniably, the male dancers' ripped bodies and female dancer's voluptuous figures played a major role in hypnotizing every eye in the hall." Hamburg Culture & Media said, "Salsa, Rumba, Mambo, Cha Cha and Reggae -- The Kings of Salsa exercise their mastery of them all to perfection … with hips gyrating, the senoras flow lithely over the bodies of their partners, whose movements beat out the rhythm like flashes of lightening."

Tickets for Kings of Salsa are $31.50 general admission, $11.50 for students (all schools) and $28.50 for groups. Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and all Ticketmaster locations, including To charge tickets, call 1-800-745-3000; in Canada, call 416-870-8000. For group sales, call 716-645-6771. For more information, call 716-645-2787.