Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The To-Do List: Salsa Dancing at El Tibiri

Colombians love any excuse to dance and as a traveller, it is pretty hard to avoid being coerced to dance here. Typical excuses such as "I don't know how to dance." "I can't dance." "I've got no coordination." will not stop the average Colombian from pulling you up onto the dancefloor. Therefore, knowing a few basic steps is a great idea to avoid the usual gringo shuffle.

Learning to salsa dance was one of my aims from my to-do list. I decided to brush up my next-to-none existent knowledge by attending one a few of the free salsa classes on offer at the Wandering Paisa Hostel. The teacher, Bill, gives the classes in both Spanish and English introducing to you to the basic steps and turns of Colombian salsa before going onto some partner work. The class goes at a lightening rate but Bill is always available to go through the steps one-to-one if you have any doubts or questions throughout the class.

Having finally mustered the confidence to give the real thing a go, my friend Laura invited me to El Tibiri. El Tibiri is an underground bar in the Estadio neighbourhood located on the 70 close to San Juan. We entered at about 10.30 with the place being relatively empty but it didn't stay like that for long. Within three-quarters of an hour, the dancefloor was packed to the roof!

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What ensued was a hot, sweaty night of being thrown around the dancefloor, limbs flailing and failing to keep up with the locals. Whilst I could be typically British and moan about the lack of fans etc. I had so much fun attempting to dance salsa that I can't complain. It was a great way to practise my Spanish and with no cover, amazing atmosphere and $3000 peso beers, what's not to love?

El Tibiri, Carrera 70 #44B-03. For more information, check out their Facebook page or Twitter account.

Where are your favourite places to dance salsa?

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