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1. Posted by sundown (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I have a passion for latin dancing, films such as Dirty dancing, flash dance etc. Id really love to do a few months dance school though south america. Where is the best place to go etc?

Michelle

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

My guess would be Brazil or Colombia. In Argentina (BsAs) there are no schools of particular interest or importance as far as I know, only for salsa and tango, but no samba etc.

3. Posted by Boooster (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Rather than start a new thread, I thought I'd ask here. I'll be landing in BA on Dec 8th and want to start taking Argentine tango and salsa lessons for about a month. I'd like to go as intensive as I can, meaning as many classes as I can squeeze in per week to get the most out of it. Niels, you sent me this website (http://www.tangodata.com.ar/) in a previous post and I looked over it, but had a hard time finding what I was looking for... My spanish is not that great; I have been studying on my own and can understand some, but not enough to really know what is going on there. Any recommendations for a single guy 23 looking for a good school(s)?
Also, will it be too difficult if I am lacking the language (that won't stop me of course :))?

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Booster,

Learning REAL tango without speaking spanish will be exceptionally difficult; most serious teachers (leaving aside the tourist industry of course) are slightly reluctant anyway to admit foreigners into their classes, but since the whole dancing vocabulary largely consists of spanish terms, you'll have a hard time communicating with them. But since you're only going for a month you won't learn much anyway, so best to stick to the scene in the city centre, where there are plenty of courses frequented by foreigners.

I'd especially recommend the classes of Facundio in Torquato Tasso (defensa, San Telmo), which used to be on thursdays. But tangodata has a switch for English, so you shouldn't have any problem finding other venues yourself.

regards,
Niels

5. Posted by Tonytravel (Full Member 87 posts) 9y

Michelle: the ideal places to learn the kind of dancing you like are in Central America. Puerto Rico and Cuba are the cradles and where you'll find more "sabrosura y sentimiento". Here's one choice, let me know if you are interested, I can send you more:

Francisco Torres
Styles:
Salsa & Merengue, Argentine Tango.
Background:
Trained at Arthur Murray.
Qualifications:
Ten years teaching experience.
Contact Info:
Francisco Torres
Toa Alta, San Jose
PUERTO RICO
Telephone: 787-870-2122

For Booster, here are some pages you can check:
http://www.thetangolesson.com/
http://www.todotango.com/
http://www.tangodata.gov.ar/
http://www.rojoynegroclub.com/
http://letstango.com.ar/main/
http://www.abctango.com/
And to learn Salsa in Buenos Aires try "AzĂșcar". There is one in Abasto and another in Belgrano (neighbourhoods), they are great because you learn during the week and they open as a Disco on Saturdays.

Hope it helped!
Tonya

6. Posted by Hydref21 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Hello! Thought I'd write on this thread, eventhough its a few years old!

I too am interested in heading to south america and apart from seeing the country would love to stop somewhere (or some places) for a short while and learn to dance - latin style!! Tango, salso, samba

If there are any additions to the info already provided or ideas that could inspire me as how to combine dancing with the travelling - it would be much appreciated!

Thank you

Helen

PS I've found some dance 'holiday' websites - but they seem rather expensive!!
If you can point me in direction of any good travel companies regarding some 'group travelling' that would be good to

Thanks

7. Posted by SophieA (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Hello, I am also looking into learning to dance Salsa in South America. Im still at my early stages of planning. I was thinking of either spending a month learning just salsa. Or i could spend a few weeks learning salsa, tango and samba at the same time. I have a great passion for Latin music and i hope to get some good advise. Thanks.

8. Posted by maaza1 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Quoting SophieA

Hello, I am also looking into learning to dance Salsa in South America. Im still at my early stages of planning. I was thinking of either spending a month learning just salsa. Or i could spend a few weeks learning salsa, tango and samba at the same time. I have a great passion for Latin music and i hope to get some good advise. Thanks.

Hi,

There are many salsa clubs all across south america in brazil, cuba, argentina.

If you learn to salsa dance, it can really help you to get into better physical shape. If you're bored with traditional exercises, don't worry. -snip- is far from boring. You'll find yourself feeling healthier and stronger in no time, when you learn to salsa dance.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

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