SUMMIT, NJ - Attendees will learn to Salsa, Cha Cha and Merengue "the right way" when The New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble (NJDTE) in Summit hosts 'Salsa Masquerade' October 27, from 6 - 9 p.m. The evening serves as a fundraiser for NJDTE's Pilates and Physical Therapy Center.

Acclaimed dancer, choreographer and master teacher Pedro Ruiz, formerly of Ballet Hispanico of New York, will lead the way, with featured guests DJ Nelson, Ballet Hispanico Dos, and surprise appearances by renowned musicians.

Ruiz is a celebrated choreographer and dancer; He was appointed Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Contemporaneo de Camagüey Cuba, and is the recipient of The Bessie Award, the Choo-San Goh Award, The Cuban Artist’s Fund, and The Joyce Foundation Award.

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In 2010, Ruiz founded 'The Windows Project'. a groundbreaking cultural exchange program celebrating the art of dance between the U.S. and Cuba. He has been the subject of two PBS documentaries: Pas de Deux (part of the “In The Life” series), and Coming Home, a PBS documentary nominated for a New York Emmy Award.

Ruiz’s highly successful ballet, Club Havana was featured in Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance, and Ruiz’s celebrated poetic duet, Lasting Embrace, premiered in the United States in July 2016 at the Dancers Responding to AIDS Dance Festival on Fire Island and at Marymount Manhattan College.

'Salsa Masquerade' will include cocktails from 6 - 6:30 p.m. with dancing from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Tickets, priced at $125 per person or $200 per couple, are available by visiting njdte.org/event/salsa-masquerade/ or calling 908-273-5500. 

Black, white and red cocktail attire and masks comprise the suggested attire for the event. For more information contact camundson@njdte.org.

The New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble is located at 315-B Springfield Avenue.