Discover Latin Rhythm at Fuego’s Dine and Dance Brunch

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World-renowned Latin dance instructor Jackie Rios

World-renowned Latin dance instructor Jackie Rios

Hotel Maya is ready to Rumba on Sunday, June 8 during the second presentation of Fuego’s “Latin Brunch Dine and Dance Series.”

World-renowned Latin dance instructor Jackie Rios will lead the lessons from 12-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. with social dance from 3-5 p.m. The free dance lessons coincide with the ever-popular Fuego Sunday Brunch that runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $37.00.

Live Latin music accompanies each “Latin Brunch Dine and Dance Series” and is interplayed with taped music for the Latin dance lessons.

The Fuego “Latin Brunch Dine and Dance Series” features Rumba lessons on June 8, Tango lessons on August 24 and Samba lessons on October 19. The series began with free Salsa lessons on March 30.

“The free Latin dance lessons are a big hit with guests and we are looking to have another sensational time led by Jackie Rios, world-renown Latin Dance instructor,” said Kristi Allen, General Manager at Hotel Maya – a Doubletree by Hilton. “With Fuego’s unbeatable waterside location, coupled with the delicious brunch and terrific weather, the free Latin dance instruction is a tremendous bonus to an already remarkable afternoon.”

Rios has appeared in movies including “Shall We Dance,” “Dance With Me,” and “Salsa,” among others, and on television in “Dirty Dancing” and “Resurrection Blvd.” She has been a dance instructor for 25 years and has been teaching at John Casesse Dance Doctor Studio in Santa Monica, Calif., since 2006.

The varieties of Latin dances have diverse geographic reach and cultural influence says Rios, “I consider Rumba the Latin waltz. It’s romantic with the Cuban hip motion. It’s a box step that once you learn it you can apply it to any slow tempo music.”

“Tango is the dance of love, where two people become one. The Argentina music, it’s slow and quick, kicks, and dips is what make this dance. Samba, the dance of Brazil, is a combination of dances including salsa, rumba, and merengue. It’s the Carnival of dance. Salsa, the dance of the Caribbean, is hot and sensual and has become an international dance for all ages and levels,” she adds.

For more information about Fuego’s “Latin Brunch Dine and Dance Series, visit

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