“Salsa At Cotton Creek Winery was instrumental in acclimatizing to the Southeast Texas community.”
BEAUMONT, Texas — A much-missed Latin dance event returns to a Beaumont winery for the first time since the global COVID-19 pandemic began.
Salsa at Cotton Creek Winery will be back on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 7 p.m. The Cotton Creek Winery is located at 6755 Phelan Boulevard.
Since November 2009, the monthly gathering has served as a venue for Southeast Texans to dance salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, and cha cha. Without the global pandemic, November 2022 would have been Salsa At Cotton Creek Winery’s 13th year.
“In March 2020, the world came to a standstill as the coronavirus changed life as we know it, and the tropical melodies that filled the cellar immediately fell silent,” said Gordon S. Williams, host and instructor. by Salsa At Cotton Creek Winery. .
More than two years later, Southeast Texans can look forward to rhythm, drumming and fun sounds to break the silence created by the pandemic.
Amid his upcoming comeback, Williams thinks there’s a lot to celebrate. Many customers told him that they had missed the event.
One of these patrons is Miceala Moreno, a Latin dance teacher from the region. Moreno is excited to return to a familiar space.
“My heart is thrilled,” Moreno said. “When I moved to Texas ten years ago, Salsa At Cotton Creek Winery was instrumental in my acclimatization to the Southeast Texas community. Being able to make connections, while honing our Latin dance moves each month has allowed some of my closest friendships to develop.”
Traci Tucker is the owner of Cotton Creek Winery. She looks forward to the energy and good times the event brings to the atmosphere of the venue.
“I’m very excited,” Tucker said.
Williams describes Salsa At Cotton Creek Winery as more than just a dance venue. He believes that those who have participated for over a decade have created a diverse community.
“Collectively, we have all lost so much during the pandemic on so many levels. I lost a lot,” Williams said. “For the Salsa community that marked this night on their calendar every four weeks, made it a date night for couples and a social outing for friends, we all sorely missed the chance to connect with each other. to others through the dance in the cellar.”
Free salsa lessons will run from 7-8 p.m., and social dancing will follow from 8-11 p.m. It is not necessary to bring a partner and those attending must be 21 years or older.
“Since March 2020, we haven’t had the monthly event, but it’s the spirit of the people, the community that’s been created and the zest for life that we’ll celebrate that night,” Williams said.