Tuesday, June 22nd is the 10th anniversary of Latin Night at the Iron Horse in Northampton, one of the hottest weekly dance parties in the Valley. Every Tuesday night at 9:30 dancers of all skill levels and walks of life become one on the dance floor in an often flirtatious atmosphere of mutual respect, rhythm, and fun. DJ Joey Acevedo and DJ Bongohead aka Pablo Yglesias (that's them below) keep the platters spinning and the people swinging, and there's never a cover charge.
Here are some comments people have posted online and a photo galley of some of the action over the years, some from Bar 19 at the Calvin Theatre where the dance night started.
"This place is a hot spot party every Tuesday night. Energy is super high. The intimate atmosphere and the high energy sound system do the job. But my ears never went on overload. Dancing space gets tight because people come froom all over, even from Vermont and Connecticut. There are all levels of dancing, and people mix easily. I try to get there every week.It is my favorite spot." -Ted
"This continues to be my major paty of the week, The dance floor is more managable since they allow dancing in more parts of the room. It is awesome that there is no charge to get in and drinks are fairly priced. There are many pitchers of water, some with ice and some without ice, and plenty of cups--all for free. Bring ID to get in. Still very friendly and open to newcomers." -Jeff
"It is great fun! Many friendly people there who love dancing. Parking is easy." - Latin Dancer
"If you love to dance to salsa, get their EARLY because the place fills up fast. I like the smoothness of the dance floor and the people who do attend are extremely friendly and sociable which makes the place well worth attending. Besides the usual salsa, merengue and bachata, they also play alot of other international music towards the end of the night. I personally don't know how to dance to it, but it's nice to watch others having a great time on the dance floor." Miss English/Springfield.