Salsa dancing in Latin America

This page is intended for the Salsa dance lovers who are travelling around Latin America. It is surprising, but usually it is quite difficult to find good salsa clubs while travelling in Latin America. In this guide you can find information about Salsa Clubs around Latin America. This information was gathered through travelling, if you have any updates about it, or you can introduce some new clubs around Latin America please do. Unless otherwise stated, this information is valid for the year of 2006.

Argentina

Bariloche

Buenos Aires

Located in Sarmiento 1728 (a short taxi ride from 9 de julio & Av. de mayo) Maluco Beleza website

Bolivia

La Paz

Av. Arce, in front of Hotel Raddison Live music & dancing only on Thursday nights.

Only on Friday nights at the end of each month (every 4 weeks).

Brazil

Salvador da Bahia

Pelourinho neighbourhood, no 7 Rua Frei Vicente (next to Sorriso da Dadá restaurant) Open 6 days of the week except Mondays with live samba, salsa, forro etc. DJ plays music of the African diaspora from salsa, zouk, samba, reggae, congolese rumba, axe, soul, funk, coupe decaler, mbalax, etc. The ambiance here is wonderful. The band is live playing "latin" salsa while the DJ plays some excellent salsa cubana - charanga habanera, los van van, manolito etc.

Colombia

Generally you can find lots and lots of salsa music in Colombia. Most of the people would know how to dance and move with the rhythm. However there are two problems for the advanced salsa dancer. First is that they usually don't do any turns, most Colombian girls get confused by Cross-Body lead ("Dile-que-no"). Second, usually people get to the clubs by pairs and sit around tables.

Cali

Lots & lots of places. Most of them as I described above. They say juanchito neighbourhood has good clubs.

http://www.tintindeocali.com/

http://www.zaperocobar.com/

http://www.chango.com.co/

Cartagena

Medellin

Lots of clubs around Carrera 70. (near Estadio Metro Station)

Cuba

Habana

Trinidad

Mexico

Sayulita, Nayarit

Info current as of April 2011:

Bodeguita del Medio - live Cuban band every night of the week except Mondays.

Don Pedro's (on the beach), Mondays is Salsa Night.

Peru

Cusco

Lots of places around the main plaza. All of this places teach salsa for free every night. usually after 12AM the music is changed for mixed music. Cusco is a great place to start learing salsa. but the experienced dancer would proabably satisfy with dancing only with the instructors.

Please note, non-local salsa dancer please stock up your water prior to dance. Dancing first time @ 3400m above water is not easy

Lima

Good place to learn basic steps with Cuban teacher Mauricio Triana. He has lived in Peru for a long time so you can see a bit of a mixture of Peruvian and Cuban salsa.

This is the place to visit if you want to learn authentic Peruvian Salsa. The lessons are taught by Peruvian teachers Freddy Vivanco and Marina Quispe. They are very passionate about their style of salsa and are very eager to teach you the steps and moves that make Peruvian Salsa unique.

Muriel's Dance School-Jr.Anselmo Andia 751, Urbanizacion Sta. Luzmila, Comas, Lima 7. Muriel Pelayo is a very enthusiastic and experienced dance teacher. She is one of the pioneers of Peruvian Salsa. For more information visit the Peruvian Salsa website: www.peruviansalsa.yolasite.com

Paodance: Learn to dance cuban salsa in Lima (Miraflores). All levels and ages are welcome. I am very very patient and i can teach you even if you don´t have previous knowledge.

Classes for small groups, couples or individuals. Please email me to pao.salsaperu@gmail.com or call me for more information to (51)956748080.

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