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Salsa Arizona presents 'September Affair'

Now that fall is here and the temperatures are starting to cool down, a Prescott dance school wants to heat things up a bit.

This Saturday, Sept. 26, Salsa Arizona School of Dance is holding a dinner and dance show called "A September Affair" at Hotel St. Michael, 205 W. Gurley St. The semi-formal event will be from 6 to 10 p.m.; admission is $75.

School owner and dance director Hector Rivera has been dancing since the age of 5 and is the only grand master in Prescott for American Smooth Dancing and International Latin Dancing. He's had the school for about three years.

"My focus is teaching people how to socially dance as well as getting to compete," Rivera said, noting that the show is "the culmination of my students and ... my dance partner and myself will be performing."

Rivera's students are trained in dancing and also receive education allowing them to pursue a certification or take a Medal Test, he said.

The performance will include local musicians, Rivera said. Citing the amount of talent in town, he said he tries to keep everything within the community. The show is called "A September Affair" because people begin to dress more warmly and stay indoors in September, Rivera said.

"It's the whole love thing situation where people are wanting to warm each other up, getting ready for the holidays and being comfortable with their friends and family," he said.

Tickets are $75. The dinner is a choice of chicken Marsala or roasted pork loin.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Rivera at 928-899-1589 or at

By Jason Wheeler, Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.


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