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first_imgWhat other local festival do you know of that offers dance lessons as a part of the party?That’s the !Viva Vancouver! Festival set for Saturday and Sunday in Esther Short Park. No matter how hot it already is out there, DJs and dance bands that span the wide world of Latin styles — salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, bolero and cha-cha-cha, to name a few — will heat up the park to the point where your feet will need to move. That’s why festival organizers want to give those feet an opportunity to learn how to do it with authentic steps.Entertainers on tap for the weekend are: On Saturday, DJ Danny D; Marcio and the Brazilianauts, billed as all styles of contemporary music, including American pop-rock, “bioengineered with Brazilian DNA”; Ojos Feos, world-music masters “with a social conscience”; Conjunto Alegre with multi-instumentalist and bandleader Aquiles Montas; and salsa band Salsanova closing out the show. Don’t miss those dance lessons at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with Bachata Soul, an east Vancouver dance academy that will equip you to handle the rest of the weekend in style.Then, on Sunday, it’s DJ Danny D again; Ray Heker, a popular impersonator of numerous Latino superstars; and dance bands Son de Cuba and the Orchestra Mazandunga.You don’t have to take lessons to enjoy moving to the music or just taking in the Latino culture that’s growing up all around us in Southwest Washington. Vendors will be happy to sell you delicious local microbrews (or one from Guatemala called Famosa), pina coladas, wines and all sorts of foods.“The exciting part about the food is, it’s going to be a little bit of everything — Puerto Rican, Mexican, Brazilian — and fresh fruit too, dazzled up with chili and lime,” said event coordinator Lariza Castro.last_img read more