Local salsa dancing at Tribeca Film Festival

April 23, 2010 3:30:22 PM PDT
Salsa can be spicy and not just the kind you eat. Salsa dancing is an entertaining feast for the eyes.

A movie featuring some local salsa dance students made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Tomas Guerrero spends his days and nights teaching salsa at Santo-Rico dance studio in east Harlem.

But for months he taught those classes with cameras catching every move.

The studio is the center of a new HBO film called El Espiritu De La Salsa, the spirit of salsa.

The documentary follows several New Yorkers from different walks of life including a doctor, a contractor and a cop.

HBO film producer Jon Alpert says, "There must be New Yorkers that are at their desk during the daytime that dream of doing something different. And there are and they're up at the salsa school in Spanish Harlem and this film follows them."

The film follows the dancers for 6 weeks. From the long hours they spend in the studio to their personal lives, and it gets very personal.

"I was like getting over a breakup and they're filming the process. So when I watch it I'm like so embarrassed," says Li Ouyang.

The film hits HBO august 9th.