With a crowd of about 100 people on the Michigan Princess, DJ Adrian “Ace” Lopez once again set sail with his “Salsa Above the Water” Friday, September 12, 2014. While the Michigan Princess is docked from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm so that the crowd can climb aboard, make no mistake, the music is going, the dance floor is ready from the moment you hop on. As Adrian greets people entering the ship, they are welcomed with appetizers, low lighting and plenty of friendly faces. They set sail and return about 1:00 am with music going til close at 2:00 am. If you have never witnessed Salsa dancing, then its a sight to behold. With precision moves, some great music and people who are passionate about dance, it makes for a night to remember. Adrian told me that besides the atmosphere that he provides, he also is bringing a quality crowd in. He went on to explain that for those that are passionate about Salsa and Merengue, they are not only a friendly crowd, they bring none of the headaches that are normally associated with other dances, clubs or gatherings. They come to dance. Its not about the drink, its all about the dance. He offers “Salsa Above the Water” up to four times a year with local people and from around the State. Much credit goes to him for keeping Salsa alive and well locally. I myself, grew up being dragged to los bailes always with library books in tow. Sometimes the alcohol played a factor and sure enough, the mood of the crowd changed quickly and I kept my head on the table. Not always, but there is usually that fear of trouble. This crowd was no different then other Salsa nights I have witnessed. They danced with plenty of energy, and offered smiles and friendly conversation all while mixing in one or two drinks. I met a large group of friends from Grand Rapids who all appeared to be people you would love to get to know. Easy going, fun loving, approachable group. Let them hit the dance floor and their display of energy and their love of Salsa dancing is not only clear but almost calls to your heart. Anyone who knows me well, knows I do not dance. I just never learned, nor had a teacher. But if I did, Salsa would be the one that I would love to learn.