Barefoot Boogie at the Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Ballroom in Imperial Beach

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bbb810It’s time to “Barefoot Boogie!” On Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, enjoy music and dancing by the beach at the Port of San Diego’s free Big Bay Ballroom event at Portwood Pier Plaza in Imperial Beach.

Jennifer Ables, a dance instructor at Mary Murphy's Champion Ballroom, will offer free dance lessons beginning at 7:15 p.m. Ables is Executive Director and one of the founders of Soldiers Who Salsa, which uses dancing as therapy. She holds classes at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, working with personnel who are amputees, have traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress.

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From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Rockin’ Aces will provide live, free music for dancing under the stars.

You can also sample some of the tasty fare from a number of Imperial Beach restaurants at the “Taste of IB,” which is sponsored by the Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce. The event, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., will feature a variety of food from the city's eateries. Admission is $7.

Barefoot Boogie is the third of four waterfront Big Bay Ballroom events the Port is sponsoring in August. The free music is designed to give residents and visitors alike an opportunity to enjoy the waterfront while dancing under the stars.

The fourth Big Bay Ballroom, the Harbor Hop, will be held on Friday, Aug. 24, in Chula Vista Bayfront Park, beginning at 7:15 p.m.. Swingtown, a Big Band swing group, will provide the music. The music and dancing will begin at 8 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m.

Other ballrooms have featured salsa dancing and music at Pepper Park in National City and swing dancing and jitterbug at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier.

The Port is hosting the Big Bay Ballroom events and numerous other community events, ranging from concerts and dances to festivals, fitness clinics and eco-tourism celebrations, to enliven the San Diego Bay waterfront. The goal is to create a vibrant waterfront and provide residents and visitors opportunities to enjoy year-round activities in the five Port member cities and their parks and open spaces along the bay and the Imperial Beach oceanfront.

For information on the event, please visit The Big Bay.

About the Port:

The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 17 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.