Shake your booty and dance all day

Let’s Dance: Salsa dancers getting in the rhythm. Picture:Dallas Kilponen. Imagine being transported to Cuba and dancing the salsa. Now imagine being in a shopping mall.

The two don’t quite seem to fit. But somehow, the folks at Coco Cubano Restaurant at Charlestown Square have made it happen.

Anyone can join in a bit of salsa dancing at the restaurant on Sunday… even if you have two left feet.

And thankfully, Latin Dance Newcastle’s Martin Gomez will be on hand to give a few pointers.

Martin has a passion for salsa.“The rhythms are infectious. You can really melt into the music,” he said.

The different instruments used to create salsa music become fused tocreate“a great vibe and energy”.

“It really connects people, brings people together,” he said.

“That’s whether you’re dancing, watching or listening to the music.”

Salsa was music for all moods, “whether you’re energetic, down or already feeling happy”.

“The melodies are harmonious and enjoyable,” he said.

Salsa emerged in New York in the 1970s in communities that immigrated from Cuba and Puerto Rico.

“New York already had the jazz influence and salsa literally became a melting pot of different origins,” he said.

The dance was influenced by Latin styles such as rumba, mambo, cha-cha, bomba and merengue.

The Charlestown restaurant reflected “the mystery of Cuba” –its hedonistic 1920s heyday as a tropical playground for the rich and famous to the 1950s revolution when it was “locked in time”.

Coco Cubano Restaurant Charlestown co-owner Louise Slavin said the Cuban-themed eaterywas a colourful, fun place and ideal for Latin dancing.

“Anyone can come and join in. You don’t have to know how to dance.It’s more social than anything,’’ she said.

The dancing, which is free, will be held on Sunday at 3pm. So get your dancing shoes on – arriba arriba.

Let’s DanceWhile we’re on the dancing theme, a David Bowie show will be held at Wests New Lambton on Saturday night.

The show, Ziggy – The Songs of David Bowie, aims to keep hislegacy alive.

Songs on the playlist include Heroes, Space Oddity, Life on Mars, Young Americans, Starman, Fame,Ashes to Ashes, Under Pressure,Ziggy Stardust and, of course,Let’s Dance.

David Bowie as one of his alter egos, Ziggy Stardust.

Here’s some quotes from the dazzling pop star: Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming;Talking about art is like dancing about architecture;I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously,I don’t even take what I am seriously;I can ask for cigarettes in every language;I re-invented my image so many times that I’m in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman;I’m afraid of Americans;There’s a terror in knowing what the world is about;I’ve come to the realisationthat I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing half the time;Fame itself… doesn’t really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant.

Open SecretThe Herald reported recently about a University of Newcastle rooftop mural that depicts a retro-style backyard swimming pool.The work, painted by former student Lucas Grogan, was apparently an “artistic nod to the hidden pools of Newcastle”.

As such, its location was being kept secret.Well, word has been getting around… so Topics reckons it’s time for this secret to be revealed.A spy told us it was on top of the Watt Space Gallery at Northumberland House in Auckland Street in Newcastle.


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