March 1, 1992 |
Salsa nights in clubs like Santa Monica's 5th Av. and Encino's Hola! Barcelona often start with a dance lesson or two, then heat up fast. In a blur of lights, live music and high-energy mambo and merengue, women shimmy in dresses covered with ruffles, fringe, lace and sequins. Their partners sizzle in wide-shouldered jackets, baggy pants and colorful shirts.