Always wanted to learn how to dance bachata but didn’t want to pay high costs for private lessons? Well, look no further!
It is muy de moda
, or very popular to dance bachata right now in Spain. Each year there seems to be more meet-up groups and more bars offering noches de bachata
or noches latinas
. Located right by Templo de Debod, The Host
offers three bachata classes followed by social dancing every Wednesday
For 8 euros you’ll have entrance to the bar, access to three classes over the course of two hours and a drink (alcoholic or not) of your choice. You can choose to take all three classes or just one. If you’re more of a “people watcher” there are plenty of seats at the bar and around the perimeter of the dance floor. Don’t show up too early though because the first class starts when the bar opens at 9PM.
For new dancers, the first question often asked is “Do I need to bring a partner?” You do not need to bring a partner but you can if you’d like! The classes tend to begin with the basics, which everyone dances individually. Then, when you do partner up, the pairs rotate so often that by the end of the class you’ll have danced with nearly everyone, you might even remember a few names or have made a new friend by the end of the lesson. On this particular Wednesday, the classes were: modern bachata, Dominican bachata and lastly, sensual bachata.
After the classes end and the students watch or record as the dance instructors model all the steps learned, the social dancing starts! You get the chance to practice what you learned with friends from the class or meet others who are just arriving for the social dancing. The fun doesn’t end until 3AM! If you’re more interested in salsa, you should join The Host on Thursdays for class (see below). You’ll also hear a little bit of salsa and kizomba throughout the night but Wednesdays are specifically for bachata at The Host!
- Address: Calle Ferraz 38
- Metro: Argüelles / Ventura Rodriguez / Plaza España
Other classes at The Host:
Tuesday: Kizomba (classes 21:00-23:00 and social dancing until 3)
Wednesday: Bachata (classes 21:00- 23:00 and social dancing until 3)
Thursday: Salsa (classes 21:00-23:00 and social dancing until 3)
Friday: Bachata (classes 22:00-@24:00 and social dancing until 5:30)
Facebook pages and groups on Madrid’s salsa and bachata scene:
- Salsa Madrid (page)
- Salsa Madrid (group)
Here are some more salsa places to check out:
For 8 euro you can enjoy classes and a drink at Azucar near Metro Atocha. It is a smaller nightclub but brings in dancers of many levels.
Near Metro Plaza de España is the best place to start dancing salsa or bachata as a beginner. Tropical also offers kizomba lessons on Fridays and Saturdays.
On Sundays at Cats (now called Sala Mitty) you can dance salsa and bachata. The crowd is great and there’s plenty of room to dance as it doesn’t get completely packed.
A close walk from Puerta del Sol, El Son offers classes from Monday through Thursday at 6 euro a class.
In Sol but doesn’t feel like it. Live Cuban music every night and although there isn’t a lot of space to dance, if you love salsa music, La Negra Tomasa is a must.