No 308. Salsa dance/Bucket List No. 16 – Try Ballroom Dancing

9 Dec

I am obsessed with Strictly Come Dancing. It’s guaranteed to get me in a festive mood and was also the perfect inspiration for giving ballroom dancing a try.

With a lot of dancing styles to go for, I chose one which took me back to my days living in Colombia. And who better to join me than my lovely friend Katie who I met in Bogota and have known ever since. Salsa dancing was a lot of fun in Colombia and while the Brits were known for not having much rhythm, it never stopped us giving it a go.

Salsa 1

Salsa pics

There is a wide array of salsa bars in London to choose from and most offer free salsa lessons on certain nights, followed by music and dancing. The great thing about salsa bars is that a lot of people are there just to dance and have a brilliant time. There might be some sleazies (aren’t there always?) but the large majority of people just want to practice their salsa moves and have fun. Although if you are single, this is not a bad way to meet someone – you know you have at least one interest in common and you can check out their dancing moves at the same time.

We chose Friday night at Bar Salsa and I was really looking forward to it. The baby was at home for some father-daughter time and it had been a while since I’ve been out dancing.

The food is good with Latin American dishes and tapas on offer. For those who are feeling nervous about getting on the dance floor, there’s happy hour from 5-8pm for some reasonably priced Dutch courage. We booked a table for 6.30pm right by the dance floor which is when the free lessons start, so for the next couple hours we watched a massive group busting out their salsa moves.

The dancefloor

The dancefloor

We then had a go ourselves, although it was mostly me encouraging Katie to dance much to her annoyance. I understood her irritation after a while; not all the guys know how to dance and if you’re a beginner, you need someone who knows what they’re doing. Also at 5 foot 9, several of her potential suitors were a couple inches shorter than her, which is fine for some but not her bag at all.

In Katie’s wise words, this is a place of quantity over quality but she had fun and so did I.  Good food, good music (if you like salsa of course!) and a lively vibe. It is a great place for letting your hair down and for us it was perfect for reminiscing about our Colombian days.


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