It's got a good beat, but it's not English
Salsa takes Britain
May 21, 1997
Web posted at: 6:30 p.m. EDT (2230 GMT)
LONDON (CNN) -- London has had no small renaissance in the press lately, slipping out of its stiff-lipped image with shimmery profiles of swank eateries, earnest homages to forward-thinking theater productions, and bemused wonder at The Spice Girls phenomenon. Now, another craze is loosening up the land of tea and crumpets: Salsa dancing.
Lisandro, who's been playing with a salsa group in London for ten years, said the beat has definitely gotten busier. When he first came to town, he said, only a handful of clubs played Latin music. Now there are some 50 salsa venues. Hot-to-trot salsa fans can even get dance classes at some of them.
According to one light-footed instructor, people are getting into salsa because they are tired of dancing to music that's louder than words. Now, they want to take to the floor with a partner. Feel free to cut in.
Salsa with an English twist!
CNN Correspondent Ronnie Lovler contributed to this report.
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