Salsa lessons sizzle Monday nights at Bear Trap

Looking for a place to kick up your heels? DiFebo’s Bistro on the Green at Bear Trap Dunes will offer Monday Margarita Madness with salsa dancing Monday, July 18.


Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Margo and Wayne Faircloth cut it up on the dance floor at DiFebo’s Bistro on the Green at Bear Trap Dunes.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Margo and Wayne Faircloth cut it up on the dance floor at DiFebo’s Bistro on the Green at Bear Trap Dunes.

Salsa is a fast and fun Latin dance with peppy music, said Yvonne Cimo, director of Dance Moves & Manners. Class begins with a basic warm-up, which the instructors build upon.

“By the time you’re done with the warm-up, you’re doing three or four basic steps,” Cimo said.

The one-hour class begins at 7 p.m., followed by another hour of open dance. Open dancing gives participants and instructors extra time to practice salsa, rumba, merengue, cha-cha, tango and swing dance.

Restaurant Manager Jess Montes said a Latin-theme idea came from what the Bear Trap staff thought would be fun and exciting.

Drink specials include $3 margaritas, $4 frozen margaritas and $5 golden margaritas. And while the drinks are available, dance lessons are in the lounge, so all ages and skill levels are welcome. There is no need to bring a partner.

“It’s kind of laidback and casual,” Cimo said. “Everyone has a great time at our classes.”

Montes noted how popular salsa has become, especially in the Zumba exercise craze: “It’s a good workout, it’s fun and high-energy, and it doesn’t take a lot of time to get it down.”

Cimo said the evening provides a great chance to eat, dance, meet people and have fun:

“It keeps you from sitting across from your spouse and saying, ‘Pass the carrots.’”

Cimo said many vacationers are looking for a place to dance, so her goal is to create local dance centers to entice vacationers and locals alike. Dance Moves & Manners provides classes throughout Sussex County.

“The biggest thing that keeps people from dancing is they’re afraid of looking foolish,” she explained, adding that dancers build confidence and support each other in the lessons.

“Trust us and take a chance,” Cimo said. “It’s a good way to just get started in moving your body. It’s a fun night out.”

Dancers should wear shoes with a smooth and sliding bottom that will stay on the feet, she said. Classes will continue throughout summer, based on participation.

For more information, contact DiFebo’s Bistro at (302) 537-6100 or Dance Moves and Manners at (302) 222-3755 and