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Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

Hello all,
at the risk of my relationship with my girlfriend accelerating down the pan - is there anywhere that gives basic salsa lessons in zurich? thanks!
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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

This looks like it could help: http://www.salsapassion.net/e_salsa.htm...

I also remember being to one a bit outside of zurich, let me ask what it was called... Will get back to you..
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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

On my way to office i saw a Salsa Dancing school
It's at Leuchenbach (TRAM 11 stop after Hallenstadion) in Zurich
The school is there in a building by the name AIRGATE

Hope this info helps..

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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

many thanks for that. Ironically, I work right by that building - I will investigate further - if you have any more info let me know as I popped out just now and took a look, but could not find any reference ...

thanks
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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

Try Colombo (or Columbo!?) Dance factory, near the cinema Abaton. It is quite good, I have seen such dancing lessons given some evenings. Check out their site on the net, you can see all the lessons given during the week.
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many thanks for that. Ironically, I work right by that building - I will investigate further - if you have any more info let me know as I popped out just now and took a look, but could not find any reference ...

thanks
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The dance studio is right behind the Lochenbach TRAM 11 stop on the way to glattpark..

I checked myself once again and i see people inside taking their lessons
So it's there and may be you might want to take a stroll around the airgate building instead of a pop out
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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

Thanks ... a 'pop-out' will shortly be a 'pop-in
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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

Hi,
I would suggest

http://www.omarchocolate.com/

I've been there once... and I liked it very much!!!

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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

Sounds great, but it is in Winthertur, miles away...
Have fun anyway
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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

... and if you want to try out your new-found salsa prowess, pop along to the Bohemia in Stadelhofen on Saturday nights...
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... and if you want to try out your new-found salsa prowess, pop along to the Bohemia in Stadelhofen on Saturday nights...
hahah riiiite. two left feet are not too hot. Still have not found anyone willing to give me lessons yet ... the omarchocolate guy has not responded and the airgate building deal is infrequent at best (nothing soooon). Im out of Zurich April 17 and need to get some idea before then! (at the moment i know that i cant dance)
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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

Hoi appartmentneeded (should be named salsa-course-needed)

I see that you have been given lots of tips. Well, I want to point you to a school that is not very known but is run by the best salsa dancers in town. It's www.bailattelo.ch and they are close to Altstetten station. Those guys really live the salsa. Since they are performing and acting all over the world they are teaching in ENGLISH ;-)
The first hour is for free anyway, so you best get your own impression.

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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

Which one is in Winterthur???



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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

I used to be a teacher of salsa, merengue and danzon. I am originally from Mexico and have danced all my life. But now Im into finance and almost have no time to do it.
However, as I used to do it in the states, I will go to your house and teach you and your friends. For 1,2 or 3 hours from basic to advanced. That way you dont have to feel "embarased". I will show you how to listen to the beat, listen to the melody (which is pretty easy) and then teach you to forget about COUNTING! and start having FUN with it! I believe that here in Zurich, people count too much and forget about what salsa is all about...having fun!!! Actually it is pretty easy.
Let me know if you are interested. I can travel around Zurich area only. Due to work I am book almost all the time. But I have some time on wensdays. Obviously I can teach in english, french or spanish.
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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

At Bailattelo Dance Academy we have 3 beginner courses starting up before next year! We are located in Altstetten. Very conveniently close to the Bahnhof Altstetten. You can find more info on www.bailattelo.ch.

Cheers, Lautaro Arino.
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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

Go to the Bohemia bar on Saturday night, at 22:30 salsa night starts, entry is free. I think you can also sign up for courses there. http://www.bohemia.ch/default.aspx?id=115
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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

Is this salsa class is not available anymore?

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At Bailattelo Dance Academy we have 3 beginner courses starting up before next year! We are located in Altstetten. Very conveniently close to the Bahnhof Altstetten. You can find more info on www.bailattelo.ch.

Cheers, Lautaro Arino.
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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

You can also ask 'Salsa_lover' from this forum, he lives in Zurich and he likes salsa.

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Re: Anwhere I can learn salsa in Zurich?

I am up for learning to. If you find anything let me know.
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I have been asked by PM many times, so I think I'll post this here.

First of all, I am of latin origins, so I never learned to dance on a school or with a teacher.

In my country we learn at home when we are children and with friends when we are teenagers going to the parties.

So I don't know about the teachers or schools in Zürich and can't tell you who is good or bad.

I will post here following a little essay I wrote to answer the PMs I got....

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here in Zurich you can go to a latin party everyday of the week.

There are many venues and after you have visited them you'll surely find one that suits your style and what you are searching for.

Basically here you will find.

* Latin places, frequented by latin people.
* Cuban Style dance places frequented by latins and europeans.
* Puertorican/NY style places frequented mostly by europeans.

The reason is simply that the Puertorican/NY style teached here is a mix of latin dances with ballroom and hustle and swing dances in NY, it is very stylized and far from our latin roots, so the latins don't like it that much.

Places where you can go dancing,
  • On Mondays and Fridays you have party at the school Salsa Rica at the Maagareal, this is a big PR/NY style school, with a big dance floor, stylized and "non-latin". ( http://www.salsarica.ch/ ) 10.- Mo / 15.- Fr.
  • On Wednesdays you have the party at the "Sugar Lounge" ( www.sugarlounge.ch ), this is a great party Cuban Style, superb ambiance, but small and you can't dance there without bumping and stepping on the others, they have lessons from 8-10pm. from 10pm on party is on and it is full. free entrance
  • On Saturdays you have the Havana Noche party, pure Cuban at the "Bohemia" (http://www.bohemia.ch/ ), excellent music and ambiance but also even smaller than the Sugar Lounge . free entrance
  • On saturdays you have also a party at the new local of a school called "Salsa Power", they say they are the biggest school in Switzerland ( www.salsapower.ch ) also very PR/NY stylized non-latin Salsa school.
  • On Tuesdays at "Le Bal", at the BeethovenStr www.lebal.ch ( this is mostly a PR/NY place ) 5.-
  • On Tuesdays during July 08, at the "Floss" at bellevue, free entry
  • On Thursdays at "X-tra" this is the best party of the week and full of people of all styles, you have also a second dance floor only for Merengue/Bachata. ( www.x-tra.ch ) 15.-
  • Sundays at "Kaufleuten" this is also a great party, all styles together. ( www.kaufleuten.ch ) 10.-
  • On weekends you have the Latin Palace and the fambar at the Militärstrasse, near the Kaserne. The fambar is a Cuban bar. The 3 cuban bartenders that worked at Bohemia, got together and opened this bar. It is also small but the ambiance is pure Cuban, Fr. Sat. Jut to the side is the Latin Palace, a mostly Dominican discotheq, some salsa, but mostly reggeton, merengue and bachata.
  • Many other latin bars around the Langstrasse region.
Now... to learn without a teacher...

If you are a girl and come dressed sexy, there will be many boys keen to teach you some steps .

If you are a boy, then you have to learn before, because it is the man who leads and improvises the dance routine and then he creates the whole dancing experience.

If the girl is learning with and advanced male dancer it is then easy for her to learn to follow and for the man to teach her how to follow.

If the boy is learning with an advanced dancer woman, then it won't be easy not fun. And most advanced ladies don't know the part the man does, so they can't really explain you.


But it also depends where you go.

x-tra and kaufleuten are the best places IMO, but people mostly go there to meet the other dancers and dance.

salsarica and salsapower is full of students from the schools and they go there to practice , so maybe this is a more "academic" place to learn. but they know each other from the school so you'd have to make a little effort to enter the cliques.

In Sugar Lounge on Wednesdays, they have free salsa dance courses.

it starts before the party 8:00 from to 10:00 so there you can maybe learn easily. whoever when the party starts it would be difficult to practice as it gets fully crowded from 11 to 1am.

Just a little last note.

There are mainly two approaches to the latin dances that I see here.

Our latin approach, that is, we go to dance to socialize and have a good time, to meet people, for the boys to get in contact with the girls ( and viceversa ) to have fun. Our dance style is more sensual an also more rythmic.

The less-latin approach, is that they go to dance, for a hobby or a kind of sports activity, their main focus is on practicing the steps turns they learned at the school and their style of dance is more focused on the showy/flashy side of the dance.

And many shadows in between.... you'll go to the different scenes and find the one that matches your style and expectations best
Hope all that helps.
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