Metropolitan Ballroom Brings Latin Excitement to October in Charlotte, North Carolina

Ballroom Provides Choreographed Dances for Festival, Promotes Guitarist Performance

Oct 06, 2010, 08:30 ET from The Metropolitan Ballroom

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Metropolitan Ballroom, which strongly supports cultural events in Charlotte, is pleased to be an integral part of this year's Latin American Festival, as well as promote a world-famous guitarist's upcoming show.

Owners Jim Manly, Monette Manly, and Clement Joly are passionate about bringing top notch cultural entertainment to the city of Charlotte. "These two exciting events in October are great examples of that commitment," proclaims Manly. Additionally, the Metropolitan Ballroom's staff is quite multicultural itself, as are many of their students. Besides the many international dances taught daily, foreign languages likely to be heard at the studio on any given day include French, Spanish, Ukrainian, Russian, and German.

In cooperation with the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Metropolitan Ballroom's professional dance staff has been chosen to perform the finale presentation at the 20th anniversary Latin American Festival.  Clement Joly, Tatiana Kazakova, Sergiy Samchynskyy, Yuliya Besarab, Nickolai Keanov, and Barbie Peker will perform expertly choreographed rumbas, sambas, salsas, paso dobles and cha-chas. This presentation will showcase the flamenco music of Roni Benise, who is coming to the Blumenthal Center in Charlotte as part of his national tour.  Their performances will provide breathtaking excitement to end the festival.

The event takes place on Sunday, October 10 at Symphony Park (South Park Mall) from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. The performances will take place at the Carnival stage of the festival. The festival features authentic cuisine, music, and an artisan marketplace in addition to the performances by the Metropolitan Ballroom dancers. Tickets to the Latin American Festival are $5 for adults ($3 for children) and can be purchased at the festival.

Additionally, the Metropolitan Ballroom is proud to be involved in showcasing and promoting the versatile guitar styling of Roni Benise, who is coming to Charlotte as part of his national tour. Playing a style described as "nouveau Spanish flamenco," Benise won an Emmy award for his 2007 production "Nights of Fire!" His current tour reunites the cast of that award-winning production, and it combines music, passion and dance into one unforgettable performance.

Benise will be performing at the Knight Theater in Charlotte on October 31 at 7 p.m., and tickets are available from $39.50 at


The Metropolitan Ballroom located in Charlotte, North Carolina, features over 3,000 square feet of gleaming ballroom floor, a contemporary bar and lounge, a state of the art sound system and a private dance studio. A staff of professional instructors teaches international and American-style ballroom dances, including cha-cha, jive, tango, waltz, shag, and salsa. With private lessons for singles or couples, group classes, dance parties, and special occasion lessons, the Metropolitan Ballroom offers something for everyone. For more information, please visit

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