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Salsamania dances into Carrollwood

Ever hear of the enchufla or the vacilala?

These are just two of the dozens of dance steps being taught at Salsamania, Carrollwood's newest dance studio, at 11733 N Dale Mabry Highway.

Originally in South Tampa, Salsamania moved north last month when its Spruce Street home was zoned for a new strip mall.

"We chose Carrollwood because of the diversity in the area plus the income demographics," director Leo Florin said. "We had opportunities to go to other locations around Tampa Bay, but we found that we are better off in a neighborhood like Carrollwood."

Specializing in the Cuban dance style called casino rueda, the studio offers group classes or private lessons. Instruction can be tailored to the novice or the most experienced salsa dancer.

Choreography services are also available for weddings and quinceaneras, the traditional Hispanic celebration of a girl's 15th birthday.

Group classes are $10 an hour, or $45 for five classes. Individual instruction is $50 a hour and discounts are available for five or more lessons when combined with group class packages.

The studio is open Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Private instruction is by appointment.

During off hours, the studio is also available for rental for zumba and aerobics classes, corporate presentations, baby showers, quince rehearsals and dance team practices.

See, or call (813) 363-2701.

Need to get rid of some moving boxes?

Cash for trash is the deal at Boxes on Wheels, a local retailer that pays cash for clean, "gently used" moving boxes and then resells or recycles them.

The company will pick up 75 or more boxes for free, while customers can go to one of seven local dropoffs with less than the minimum and still receive payment for the boxes.

For those purchasing new or recycled boxes, free home delivery is offered for orders of more than $150.

Boxes on Wheels is at 1717 E Busch Blvd.

The warehouse is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for walk-in customers and deliveries.

Call 932-8300 or visit the company's Web site at boxeson

Parents, babysitters can get acquainted

Matchmaking takes a new form with Sitter Soirees, a service bringing together parents and babysitters.

One-hour events are scheduled where about 15 pre-approved college-aged sitters are brought in to be interviewed by parents.

Sitters attend for free. Parents are charged $70 to attend one soiree ($50 through Aug. 31) and receive a 50 percent discount should they choose to attend again.

Parents also receive a Savvy Sitters Guide that includes sitter advice, local emergency phone numbers, as well as a resume, picture, contact information and references of every sitter in attendance at the event.

The next North Tampa soiree is Aug. 5 at the Pink Cabana, 14361 N Dale Mabry Highway.

For information, visit the company's Web site sittersoirees. com.

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Salsamania dances into Carrollwood 07/17/08 [Last modified: Thursday, July 17, 2008 4:30am]
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