Salsa and Tango in Buenos Aires Argentina
From the packed and thumping boliches (nightclubs) to the sultry tango, dance is an important facet of Argentine culture.
When you are staying in Buenos Aires you can´t miss out on the opportunity to indulge in your love of dance or at least improve your skills and have a good time while you’re doing so. Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango, and while it is the obvious choice for shows and lessons here, it’s salsa can really get you grooving. Latin Americans from all parts live in Buenos Aires, and salsa, which is hugely popular, is a dance that seems to unite them all. So, whether you wish to watch a show from afar or get into the groove yourself, Buenos Aires has something for you.
La Catedral is a popular spot for dancing tango. The space is a converted theater with a laid-back vibe and art hanging from the walls and high ceilings. I’ve been and felt just as comfortable sitting at a table, downing some of the tasty vegetarian grub from the kitchen and drinking Stella Artois as my beginner friends participated in the milonga, which is the name for a place/event where people dance tango. Some other great places to go and dance are DNI-Tango, Sálon Canning, and Zaraska Tango.
When it comes to Salsa or any other dance for that matter you have to check out La Viruta. La Viruta is a space (bar-equipped) in the basement of an unassuming Armenian cultural building on Armenia street in Palermo Soho. For a small fee you can gain entrance to three hours of salsa cubana lessons and practice, or free-dance sessions. The structure of the night is lesson-practica-lesson-practica, which gives dancers the chance to dance with partners in any level and practice their newly learned moves. I love La Viruta because I find it to be a relaxed, friendly environment to learn and practice salsa—the practica is key—and on Tuesdays it is filled with people shimmying and shaking across the dance floor. Go to both learn salsa and observe some impressive dancers at work.
When I arrived in Buenos Aires I could not speak any Spanish. After 4 weeks I am able to speak at a very basic level. More importantly I have a solid foundation of the language and once I increase my vocabulary I should improve a lot. William Knight, USA
I was very impressed with Íbero. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There are coffee and tea, biscuits, etc. I learned a lot about different teaching methods and a lot about grammar. Florencia was a fantastic TEFL Instructor and helped us through the last two weeks. She was helpful and had lots of experience. The teaching practices were also very helpful to teach the different levels so I know the abilities of different students. Aaron Caulton, New Zealand