Salsa night finds a new home in former Juanita's location | Rock Candy

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Salsa night finds a new home in former Juanita's location

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 3:37 PM

The location formerly known as Juanita's in the River Market has been leased by Sarah-Catherine and Jorge Gutierrez, a Little Rock couple who have been at the center of a growing salsa scene in Little Rock. 
click to enlarge Sarah-Catherine and Jorge Gutierrez - BRIAN CHILSON
  • Brian Chilson
  • Sarah-Catherine and Jorge Gutierrez
  Over the years, Sarah-Catherine said, Little Rock Salsa's Friday night classes have moved around town: Vieux Carre, then Union Bistro, then Browning's and, for three years before the venue closed, at Juanita's in the River Market. Having partnered with the tenant to hold salsa nights in the upstairs concert venue on Fridays, the Gutierrezes are now the tenants themselves, leasing the space directly from the building's owners and, as Sarah Catherine put it, coming "back home. There's nothing wrong with the [Clear Channel] Metroplex," where the salsa nights are held currently, but Gutierrez says the dancers "loved being in the River Market. People would just come in from the street to see what salsa night was all about." She described the space as "perfect for dancing," and states that her and Jorge have hopes of creating "a modern-era ballroom" where dance is the focus, "a creative space where there also happens to be a bar." 
"We have professional dancers who teach the class from 9-10 p.m., then we put all the couples in a big circle. Most people come without a dance partner, and after a dance, we rotate, so that by the end of the night, everyone's dancing with everyone."
The couple is in the process of obtaining a zoning change and a license to serve alcohol, which they hope will happen in time for a December opening. Although Gutierrez plans to start off opening one night a week for salsa nights, she notes aspirations to "foster the dance events going on around town," with a potential expansion of the group's tango nights. 

Tags: , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Stephanie Smittle

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansas Times Recommends: A Literary Edition

    Arkansas Times Recommends is a series in which Times staff members (or whoever happens to be around at the time) highlight things we've been enjoying this week.
    • Jul 1, 2016
  • Checking in with Hard Pass

    Shayne Gray talks with Mitch Vanhoose and Chad Conder of Hard Pass (formerly Cosby) ahead of the band's album release on July 22.
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • The trailer for Jeff Nichols' 'Loving' looks great

    The latest from Little Rock's Jeff Nichols hits theaters Nov. 4. It's Nichols' telling of the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, whose marriage led to the landmark civil rights case Loving v. Virginia, which ended laws preventing interracial marriage. Ruth Negga's performance as Mildred Loving generated Oscar talk after the film debuted at Cannes.
    • Jul 14, 2016

Most Shared

  • In the margins

    A rediscovered violin concerto brings an oft-forgotten composer into the limelight.
  • Donald Trump is historically unpopular — and not necessarily where you think

    My colleagues John Ray and Jesse Bacon and I estimate, in the first analysis of its kind for the 2018 election season, that the president's waning popularity isn't limited to coastal cities and states. The erosion of his electoral coalition has spread to The Natural State, extending far beyond the college towns and urban centers that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. From El Dorado to Sherwood, Fayetteville to Hot Springs, the president's approval rating is waning.
  • Arkansans join House vote to gut Americans with Disabilities Act

    Despite fierce protests from disabled people, the U.S. House voted today, mostly on party lines, to make it harder to sue businesses for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Of course Arkansas congressmen were on the wrong side.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation