Rita Maldonado, salsa teacher, will be introduced as a salsa dance party Saturday, Nov. 23. [Courtesy photo]

The Moab Salsa Club, sponsored by the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, is bringing a salsa teacher to Moab. Rita Maldonado, who has taught salsa for six years, is comfortable with a number of Latin rhythms that are now popular on both coasts.

Maldonado’s passion for music and movement stems from her cultural roots in the Dominican Republic, which is the birthplace of the dance bachata.

“Rita is the real deal,” said Candace Butterworth. “I can’t believe someone like her is actually in Moab.

Rob Kerchen said that watching her dance awakens a kind of excitement.

“You begin to see what dancing is really about,” he said.

The Moab Salsa Club is hosting a party at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 to introduce the public to Maldonado and salsa dancing.

The first hour of the party is a group lesson on the basics of salsa, which will then be followed by an evening of dance.

There will be salsa, merengue, bachata introductions and maybe a bit of cha cha.

“This is an opportunity to hear and see and feel Latin rhythm, and what Rita Moldanado is all about,” Kerchen said.

A series of lessons will be available in coming weeks, Kerchen said.