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Best places to dance salsa and bachata in Europe

You caught the Latin dancing bug; hit every club, congress, and festival in your area; learned Salsa On1 and On2; and see all the same faces at every event. Now you feel like you need a new fix. Where do you go from here to keep your moves fresh and your experiences exciting? Think internationally as you consider these five exciting clubs in five European cities that are joining the ranks of up-and-coming Latin dance movements.

Havanna: Berlin, Germany

If you’re new to certain dances like Kizomba and Reggaeton, Havanna has got you covered. Come an hour early and get some tips from the pros on adding new moves to your regiment. Open Wednesday nights at 9:00, and Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00. There’s no definite closing time and, with seven bars and four dance floors, you can party until the cows come home.

Types of dance: Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Kizomba, Reggaeton, Hip Hop, etc.

Cost: Wednesdays, €4; Fridays and Saturdays, €8 (Ladies get in free between 10:00 – 11:00); Dance Classes, €5

Address: Hauptstraße 30

Telephone: +49 030 784 85 65

Barrio Latino: Paris, France

Want to dance, but also need to kill the hunger pangs? Come to Barrio Latino where you can dance, drink, and have a meal all in one place. They serve delicious Mexican and South American food, including lunch, dinner, and appetizers. Open Sunday through Thursday 12pm – 2am, and Friday and Saturday 12pm – 3am. Salsa classes offered Monday and Sunday nights, Samba Wednesdays, Kizomba Thursdays, and Tango Saturdays.

Types of dancing: Salsa, Kizomba, Cuban and Puerto Rican Salsa, Tango, etc.

Cost: Starts at €20 per person, with lessons starting at €8

Address: 46 Rue du Faubourg, Saint Antoine

Telephone: 01 55 78 84 75

Scala: London, UK

If you’re looking for something a little more complex, with some live music mixed in with the DJs beats, check out Scala when you pass through London. Different shows and parties every week make this a unique and exciting place to spend a night (or a few). Only a three-minute walk from King’s Cross Station, Scala is accessible, as well as alive and upbeat. Visit their website to check event dates during your stay, and even buy tickets online for the shows. For regular club events, purchase tickets at the door.

Types of dance: Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, etc.

Cost: Varies depending on event

Address: 275 Pentonville Road

Telephone: 020 7833 2022

Teatro Kapital: Madrid, Spain

In the mood for Latin, but think you might be wanting something else as the night wears on? Teatro Kapital is the perfect place for you. With 8 floors of fun, you’re sure to find something to suit your mood. Enjoy Latin dancing on the 7th floor,   go-go dancers on the main floor, and karaoke on the 2nd. But note that this club is especially for the night owls. It’s open midnight to 6am, Thursday through Sunday, so plan your sleep schedule accordingly.

Types of dance: Everything you can think of

Cost: €20 (includes a free cocktail)

Address: Calle de Atocha, 125

Telephone: 34-91-420-2906

La Macumba: Prague, Czech Republic

Your last stop is La Macumba, which is a fantastic option if you’re tired from your previous nights of dancing, and would actually like a little sleep. Open Monday through Friday, 5pm – 4am, and Saturday from 6pm – 4am. Take Salsa, Kizomba, or Zouk classes from the staff early in the evening, and then put what you learned to the test as you party the night away (or pass out of exhaustion in the middle of the dance floor).

Type of dance: Salsa, Kizomba, Zouk, etc.

Cost: Call for updated info

Address: Stefanikova 7

Telephone: 420-776-795-166

When you’re ready to plan your Latin Dance Through Europe Tour (or even just a short visit to one of these cities), give your feet a good pep-talk and then give us a call!

What are your favorite places to dance salsa, bachata, kizomba, and zouk in Europe?  Let us and others know where the hot spots are!

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