Latin dance night in Portsmouth

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This Saturday, Common Fence Music present their first-ever Valentine's Latin Dance Night with Robertico Arias y Su Alebreke at their Portsmouth Mainstage. Leading the live seven-piece ensemble is Dominican Latin percussionist, vocalist and bandleader Luis “Robertico” Arias, who has been performing professionally since his teens. He and his band Alebreke have become Rhode Island institutions with their energy-filled performances of salsa, bachata, cha cha and merengue. Audience members are invited to enjoy for a preshow salsa lesson with FloorTime studios dance instructor Sara Barker from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. The lesson is free with admission.

WHERE: Common Fence Point Hall, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth
WHEN: Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
COST: $20 in advance, $22 at the door
MORE INFO: www.CommonFenceMusic.org

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