Come on shake your body baby
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Dance / Honolulu heats up during Salsa in Paradise–Latin Dance Extravaganza, a celebration of saucy Latin sights and sounds.

Turn up the temperature for this year’s theme, “Diversity United, Building America’s Future Today!” which is all kinds of inclusive positivity showcasing multicultural dances, music and people alike.

Shimmy alongside international and local dance instructors during 12 workshops of various genres and speed: salsa, bachata, cha-cha-cha, merengue, rumba, tango, Brazilian zouk, Zumba and traditional folklore dances from Puerto Rico, Panama and Mexico. There’s something for every dance level and personal flavor.

Open social dancing and a spectacular showcase from Alma Latina Dance Company, winners of numerous Latin/salsa congresses, just add more fuel to the all-day long fire.

But it’s not all just educational fun and games, the event also has a feisty battle-to-the-beat element. The winning couple of this year’s Salsa in Paradise will qualify to represent Hawaii in the World Latin Dance Cup 2012, which includes a complementary trip to Miami to compete.

Novice, expert, or somewhere in between, once you hear that wild musical sound you won’t be able to stay still. Your hips don’t lie.

Ala Wai Golf Course Palladium Ballroom, 404 Kapahulu Ave., Sun., 10/14, 10am–9pm, $40–$50, [], 285-0072