Free Latin Dance Lessons at Hotel Maya Sunday Latin Brunch

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It takes two to Tango at Fuego at Hotel Maya and that also goes for the Samba, Ramba and Salsa with the all-new Fuego Latin Brunch Dine and Dance Series beginning Sunday, March 30.

The Fuego Latin Brunch Dine and Dance Series features Salsa lessons on March 30, Rumba lessons on June 8, Tango lessons on August 24 and Samba lessons on October 19. 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 will accompany each Latin Brunch Dine and Dance series and will be interplayed with taped music for the Latin dance lessons.

“Hotel Maya and Fuego are authentically Latin American themed and we look forward to enhancing our guests’ cultural experience with the new Latin Brunch Dine and Dance Series,” said Kristi Allen, General Manager at Hotel Maya – a Doubletree by Hilton. “What better way to spend a sunny California afternoon than at the water’s edge, enjoying a delicious brunch, a refreshing mimosa and learning Latin dancing from one of the most successful Latin dance instructors in the Untied Sates.”

Jackie 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.”

Rios has been a dance instructor for 25 years and has been teaching at John Casesse Dance Doctor Studio in Santa Monica, Calif., since 2006.

According to Rios, the varieties of Latin Dances have diverse geographic reach and cultural influence, “Salsa, the dance of the Caribbean, is hot and sensual and has become an international dance for all ages and levels. 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.”

Fuego, the modern, Latin infused indoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge, offers a unique seaside setting featuring 13-foot-tall glass walls that fully retract with seating inside and on the patio area. Famous for its handcrafted margaritas, Fuego also boasts the largest tequila selection in the region. Fuego’s stunning open-air views include the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach skyline and Queen Mary. Fuego restaurant is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fuego lounge is open daily at 11 a.m.

Hotel Maya – a Doubletree by Hilton is a full-scale resort featuring a Latin American-inspired 199 room property that presents guests with a distinctive Southern California combination of spectacular, seaside views amidst 14 acres of lush, tropical gardens dotted with 500 palm trees in a modern, open-air, setting. Hotel Maya guest rooms are well appointed with dynamic colors, complemented with earthy, organic furnishings and finishes. Many rooms have private balconies that include ocean and garden views.

Hotel Maya – a DoubleTree by Hilton is located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. For additional wedding information or to make room reservations, please call 562-435-7676, visit or like

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