I, I, I, I love to do the mambo salsa at Charlotte Salsa Invitational

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Is the only salsa you're familiar with the kind you use tortilla chips to scrape the bottoms of jars for? Or can you sway and shimmy with the best of them? As someone who both loves old-school salsa but would rather be forced to watch El Cantante until her eyes start bleeding than to actually bust a salsa move in public, I sympathize with folks at all points of the spectrum. Whether you're looking to perfect your pasos or you're just looking for a popping party, the Fourth Annual Charlotte Salsa Invitational is the place to be.

A Friday night "slumber" party (if it's anything like the slumber parties of my childhood, not much sleeping will be done) kicks off two days and nights of workshops and professional performances. The Saturday night main party offers a showcase, a dance party AND a surprise.

The events are designed to make everyone feel more than eager to put on their dancing shoes. More details on the weekend's festivities are available here.

Feb. 3-5. Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, 2800 Coliseum Centre Dr.

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