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LA Salsa Dancers Are Still Dancing Through The Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has left people without the chance to gather in person. Well, at least officially — people have still been gathering, including salsa dancers.

Dancer Solange Castro has largely opted against gathering, even though she knows that there’s a weekly salsa dance on Venice Pier, just two blocks from her home. But she knows that a mask will do little to protect her when it’s drenched with sweat mere inches from her dance partner.

Castro wrote a book about her years dancing, Salsa Chica — which happened to come out a week before the world was shut down in March 2020. She shared with LAist how the world of L.A. salsa was shaken since that day, the evolution it had been undergoing before, and her hopes for local salsa’s future.

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