Latin dance, music festival planned in Arcata – Times-Standard

The third annual Humboldt Latin Dance and Music Festival, celebrating dance and music from Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, Colombia, Cuba and more, will take place October 6-9 in Arcata.

The event – ​​produced by the non-profit Humboldt Latin Dance Collective, a Redwood Raks Collective venture – features dance parties, performances and workshops.

“I think each person’s appreciation of any form of dance is a very personal journey. Latin dances have an incredibly welcoming and communal essence,” said Julie Hayes, President/Co-Founder of the Humboldt Latin Dance Collective and Co-Producer of the Humboldt Latin Dance and Music Festival.

Hayes added: “I met my salsa dancing husband and I have so many wonderful friends who came into my life through Latin dancing. Latin dances have energetic, sensual and fun elements. I particularly appreciate the depth of the Latin musical rhythms and the way they encourage the exploration of each dance as an opportunity to create a moving work of art.

John Freddy Narvaez of SalsaMania will lead workshops at the Humboldt Latin Dance and Music Festival. (Ricardo Tellez Photography)

This year’s Humboldt Latin Dance and Music Festival features over 20 workshops led by local and world-renowned dance professionals such as John Freddy Narvaez and Erika Lachenmeier from SalsaMania, Jeff Jung from Sensual Bachata, Imaan Taghavi from Omni Movement , Kati Hernandez from Kati Hernandez Cuban Dance and more. All workshops are held at Redwood Raks in Arcata.

“We offer beginner to advanced level workshops and all are open to everyone,” Hayes said. “A novice member of the community could purchase our “beginner festival pass” and have a curated selection of over 10 workshops suitable for beginner and “not yet” dancers, plus they have access to the pre-party on Thursday and at our mega party on Saturday night hosted by two amazing Bay Area Latin music DJs.

The October 6 pre-party event will feature The Latin Peppers led by trombonist Jimmy Durchslag and will take place at Redwood Raks. (The pre-party is a fundraiser for a scholarship for the Redwood Raks Collective.)

On October 7 there will be a salsa dance party with Tropiqueño (a Humboldt County music group specializing in the “old school salsa revival”) at Humbrews and on October 8 the mega party will also be held at Redwood Raks.

On October 7, there will be a salsa dance party with Tropiqueño (a Humboldt County band specializing in the “old school salsa revival”) at Humbrews. (Submitted)

“This is our rescheduled festival since the canceled event in April 2020, so it’s a big highlight for us organizers,” Hayes said.

“Latin dance and music generates so much joy and positivity among its participants,” she said. “By attending this festival, residents of Humboldt County will discover a whole world of dynamic and friendly people who share a common passion for Latin dances and music. We are truly honored to bring together some of the best talent in the industry and share it with our Humboldt community. We invite everyone of all ages and interests to come out and dance to live music, learn something new, and meet lots of wonderful people.

An all-festival pass to the Humboldt Latin Dance and Music Festival is $135 at the door. A limited number of discounted pre-sale tickets are available online at Individual event tickets are also available. Individual workshops are $18 at the door, the October 6 fundraiser ranges from $10-$20, the October 7 Humbrews event is $10, and the Saturday DJ dance party is $20.

For more information about the Humboldt Latin Dance and Music Festival and to purchase tickets to the event, go to To volunteer at the festival, email [email protected] or call 707-816-2809.

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