Chicago’s Steamiest Dance Contest Takes Place Throughout April
Thursday, April 8 and Thursday, April 15: Qualifying Rounds at 9 p.m.
Thursday, April 22: Semi-Finals at 9 p.m.
Friday, April 30: Finals at 11 p.m.
Complimentary dance lessons each night of the competition from 7-8:30 p.m.
Nacional 27 will be filled with the sounds and energy of salsa music, when the Latin hotspot hosts its 2010 Bacardi Salsa Competition. Dancing couples of all skill levels will strut their stuff to compete to win the grand prize: an all-expenses paid trip to Puerto Rico for the International Salsa Congress.
Judges for this prominent Chicago dance competition include local salsa superstars Tina Mangos, Anyes Daskal, Aurelio Huertas Fabrizio and Vaida Miseviciute.
Throughout the competition, Nacional 27 will offer original Bacardi cocktails created by award-winning bar chef Adam Seger. The featured cocktails include:
Big Apple Mojito: muddled granny smith apples, fresh mint and rosemary, Bacardi Big Apple Rum and lime, $11
Hibiscus-Ginger Daiquiri: Bacardi Anejo, fresh lime, hibiscus, ginger syrup, $11
Strawberry-Rhubarb-Basil-Balsamic Mojito (GQ’s 20 Best Cocktails in America): fresh strawberries, sliced and softened rhubarb sweetened with brown sugar, lime, loosely packed fresh basil, Bacardi Select rum, ice, splash of soda, dash of Balsamico, garnished with a fresh strawberry, basil sprig, sugar cane stick and rhubarb stir stick, $12
The Salsa Competition
To kick off the month-long tournament, qualifying rounds are set for Thursday, April 8 and Thursday, April 15. Each night, complimentary salsa lessons will be offered to guests from 7-8:30 p.m. Then, the dance floor will be cleared at 9 p.m. for the tournament. Sixteen total top salsa-dancing couples will be chosen and separated into two groups. Eight couples will compete at the trials on April 8, while the other eight couples will compete at the trials on April 15. Four couples will be selected from each trial night to compete in the semi-final round on Thursday, April 22. Interested parties may pick up an entry form at Nacional 27 or download an application online at N27chicago.com. A $100 registration fee will be waived for couples who apply before midnight on Friday, March 26. Participants must be 21 and over.
During these trials, couples will take to the dance floor, dancing as a group to a classic salsa song selected by the judges, yet unknown to the dancers. The couples will then dance individually to another unannounced song. This competition is all about pure, raw, classic salsa. Dancers will be judged on visual presentation, choreography, rhythm, technique, timing, couple interaction, creativity, projection and audience appreciation. At 9:30 p.m., competitive dancers and dining guests can continue to dance the night away until 1 a.m., with the announcement of the judges’ decisions around midnight.
The semi-finals, held April 22 at 9 p.m., will invite the eight salsa dancing couples selected during the trials to perform as a group to an announced song. They will then follow with individual dances, competing with their own music, original costumes and choreography. Four couples will be eliminated on this evening; four couples will move on to the finals. There will be a $15 cover charge and a $25 per person table minimum after 11 p.m.
The top four couples, selected from the semi-finals, will compete in the finals on Friday, April 30 at 11 p.m. The competing couples will dance as a group, followed by couple dances in original costumes coordinated with their chosen music and original choreography. There will be a $20 cover charge and $30 per person table minimum after 11 p.m.
Nacional 27 and Bacardi will award the top three couples the following prizes:
First Place Prize
Vacation for two to “Salsa Congress” in Puerto Rico, including a four-day, three-night luxury hotel stay, airfare and a VIP Bacardi Tour for two.
Second Place Prize
Round-trip airfare for two to Las Vegas or Miami.
Third Place Prize
VIP cocktail reception for 27 people at Nacional 27, the hottest spot for Salsa in the Windy City.
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