* Photos supplied. New space: Salsa dancers enjoy the larger space and wooden floors at the Vasco da Gama Club.
* Photos supplied. New space: Salsa dancers enjoy the larger space and wooden floors at the Vasco da Gama Club.
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Sea Breeze Salsa group has a new venue for their social events - the freshly renovated Vasco da Gama Club on Reid Street.

Sea Breeze's creative director Giovanna Watson explained that they needed a larger venue to accommodate their growing numbers.

"When we first started having socials we had them at the studio but because of the popularity we had to find a bigger venue," Ms Watson said. "We are really building momentum."

Sea Breeze started up in 2006 and today they have more than 100 members.

On Saturday they held their first social event at the new location. They quickly sold out of their 150 tickets.

Ms Watson said: "Saturday was beautiful...everyone really enjoyed it. The dancers loved the wooden floors and how spacious the venue is.

"They have all new furniture - leather club chairs and a bar for people to relax and socialise.

"What I love about the atmosphere is that it's not at all pretentious. People seem really relaxed. You walk in and you'd never think you were in a club in Bermuda."

At each social the group recognises a person who has made a difference to salsa in Bermuda. On Saturday night they recognised Voorhees Joell who used to teach salsa at the old Club 40.

"MEF Group and Frescos are still doing things with us too at their venues," Ms Watson continued.

"The venues we choose are very sophisticated, very open that allow dancers and non-dancers to come and relax."

Sea Breeze is aiming for "one great event a month" for everyone to look forward to and say they will take into account the economy, people's families and travel plans.

The next Sea Breeze salsa event is an evening of dinner and dancing on February 13 at the Fourways Inn.

"The goal of this social is to get people out to have a good time and get to know each other outside of dancing," explained Ms Watson.

Tickets cost between $60 and $70 and are available by calling 737-8637 or 337-1415.

The next event to be held at the Vasco da Gama Club on 51 Reid Street and is a '70s disco-themed event on February 27. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 on the door.