Contributed photo A new free event, Dancing At The Pier, aims to bring some of the community-building atmosphere of Robson Square dance parties to White Rock’s Memorial Park, starting this Saturday (July 27) at 6 p.m.

Contributed photo A new free event, Dancing At The Pier, aims to bring some of the community-building atmosphere of Robson Square dance parties to White Rock’s Memorial Park, starting this Saturday (July 27) at 6 p.m.

Latin dance party debuts Saturday in White Rock

First of two summer events brings salsa to the waterfront

The first of two evening open-air Latin dance parties planned for this summer takes place this Saturday (July 27) at White Rock’s Memorial Park.

The 6 to 10 p.m. Dancing At The Pier event will take place on a specially-imported 24-by-32-foot dance floor set up at Memorial Park, with DJ music provided by Hot Salsa Dance Zone.

Co-sponsored by the City of White Rock and the Semiahmoo Rotary Club, the event will be followed by another, on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the same location.

Co-organizer Nora Hutt said the aim is to reproduce the vibe of other regional open-air dances, including events that have been taking place at Robson Square since 1994 – but in the unmatched environs of White Rock and Semiahmoo Bay.

“It’s such a great location – we want to attract people down here for an early dinner at one of the Marine Drive restaurants, followed by a fun evening of dancing,” she said.

Hutt added that the hope is to continue Dancing At The Pier in 2020 with an extended schedule – which might embrace other music and dance styles, including East Coast Swing.

Schedule for this year’s events includes a mini dance lesson from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by social dancing from 6:30-10 p.m., with a 20 minute interlude at 8 p.m. spotlighting performances by guest dancers.

While the events are free, but proceeds from a bag check and water-bottle sales will go toward the Friends of the Pier fundraising campaign, Hutt said.

For more information, visit the Facebook page for White Rock Dancing At The Pier or dancingatthepier.com

 

Contributed photo A new free event, Dancing At The Pier, aims to bring some of the community-building atmosphere of Robson Square dance parties to White Rock’s Memorial Park, starting this Saturday (July 27) at 6 p.m.

Contributed photo A new free event, Dancing At The Pier, aims to bring some of the community-building atmosphere of Robson Square dance parties to White Rock’s Memorial Park, starting this Saturday (July 27) at 6 p.m.