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Sangria and salsa dancing, a Latin-style ballet and a one-man play - 5 in-state events to check out

From a salsa and sangria night, a ballet performance with Ballet Hispánico and a live concert from Mexican-American singer-songwriter Ana Gabriel, Connecticut has a series of Latin events coming up that appeal to a wide variety of interests.

Here are five in-state events that you can add to your March and April calendar.

Salsa dancing and sangria event

NORWALK — Spotted Events wlll host a salsa dancing and sangria event at Bruxelles Brasserie, 63-71 N. Main St., on Wednesday, March 22, from 8-10 p.m.

The night includes a salsa lesson taught by Maria Fiora, a glass of sangria, chips and salsa.

A DJ will play Latin music after the class so guests can mingle with one another. Fiora has owned Maria Fioras Dance Studio, located at 75 Third St. in Stamford since 1996. She specializes in Latin, swing and hustle dance.

A partner is not required for the salsa dance lesson and no experience is necessary.

The admission fee is $45 per person; you can purchase your ticket on the Eventbrite website.

Ballet Hispánicoset to perform atRidgefield Playhouse

RIDGEFIELD— Students of Ballet Hispánico’s Professional Studies Program will perform at Ridgefield Playhouse, located at 80 E. Ridge Road on Sunday, March 26 at 4 p.m.

Ballet Hispánico is based in New York City and was founded by Puerto Rican and Mexican dancer and choreographer Tina Ramirez in 1970, presenting dances that celebrate and showcase the Hispanic and Latino experience and culture for the past 50 years.

The company also explores the diversity and vibrancy of Latin cultures through its dance performances and artistry.

Tickets can be purchased on the Ridgefield Playhouse website and are $49.50 each.

On the night of the show, you can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine at Eddie’s Pizza & Pasta, located at 24 Prospect St., after you present your ticket.

Mexican singerto perform atMohegan Sun Arena

UNCASVILLE — Mexican singer and songwriter María Guadalupe Araujo Yong, better known as Ana Gabriel, will perform at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on Saturday, April 1, at 8 p.m.

The concert is part of a world tour for her 2020 album “Por Amor a Ustedes.” Gabriel is known for performing different genres of music, including Latin pop, ballad and Ranchera. She has released 20 studio albums, with three albums reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Latin Pop Album chart.

Tickets start at $61 per person, and you can purchase your tickets on the Concerts 50 website.

Hecho en Puerto Rico one-man production

NEW BRITAIN—Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Center is hosting Ángel Vázquez’s one-man play titled Hecho en Puelto Rico at Central Connecticut University in its Torp Theatre on Sunday, April 2, at 4 p.m.

Vázquez is the resident artist of the Center for Puerto Rican studies at CUNY’s Hunter College.

The play tells the story of a young man leaving Puerto Rico to escape the economic crisis while discovering his cultural roots through forgotten historical figures within the island’s history.

Vázquez wrote, directed and performed the play that touches on themes of immigration, history, racism and tradition, to name a few. Along with Miguel Piñero and Raúl Julia, Vázquez is one of only three Puerto Rican actors who have played leading roles at The Lincoln Center. Admission to this event is free and open to the public.

Cuban New York City comedian performs in Connecticut for one night only

NEW HAVEN — Cuban comedian Paul Valdes-Rodriguez will perform at Dangle’s Bar & Grill, at 259 Orange Street, on Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m.

Valdes-Rodriguez is best known for performing throughout New York City and producing his weekly comedy show in Brooklyn titled Cuba Libre.

This experience is a great way to see the comedic talents of Valdes-Rodriguez for a night in Connecticut.

The doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale on April 2 at 7:30 a.m. and can be purchased on the Eventbrite website.

If you know of any local event that could be interesting and relevant for our Latino communities, please share it with us via email: RJLatinos@record-journal.com.


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