Salsa Cities - Australia


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You're on :) . Feel free to add in Adelaide listings as well - it's good to have a comprehensive thread just in case people come visiting :) .
Ello Australian Salseros, can I be so rude as to intrude to ask a question?

I have a friend currently in Australia over the Festive period/New Year.

She's run out of things to do. Is there anyplace in either Melbourne or Sydney between now and the 4th of January to get any dancing done?

Thankies, Will.
Attn Melbournites! Is there anything on Wed nights? I will be in Melb for Soundwave & my mate is going to another concert that night & honestly, I'd much rather dance. Fingers crossed there is some social going on!

I'll be in Melb Wed 29 Feb - Sat 3 March but won't be able to dance on the Fri or Sat.


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Spin City runs workshops on Wednesday night - they're different every week and walk ins are fine. You should check up and see if Sharon Pakir's teaching that night. I'm planning to try to get to a few myself this year.
Ah yes, the Moorish Cafe! We spent a lot of our honeymoon in Darwin, the one night I convinced hubby to go there for salsa the State of Origin was on! ARGH! (to make things worse, I forgot Darwin is a maroon state & I'm a die-hard blues girl, and we lost HARD)

Thanks azana re Spin City, I'll get on it! :banana:
Just remembered to add Adelaide in here, Enetheru did a great job of making this list:

Day of the week, Host Studio, Venue
Tuesday, La bomba, Casablabla
Wednesday, Latino Grooves, The Arkaba
Wednesday, Latin Dance Nation, The Caledonian
Thursday, Salsa Connection, Tapas
Thursday, unknown, Cambridge Balcony Bar
Friday, La bomba, The Talbot Hotel
Saturday, La bomba, The Talbot Hotel

Less frequent are:

Every second Friday Latino Grooves Studio
First Sunday of the month Latin Dance Nation, Zoots

Event Venues
The Governor Hindmarsh
The Arkaba


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Ah yes, the Moorish Cafe! We spent a lot of our honeymoon in Darwin, the one night I convinced hubby to go there for salsa the State of Origin was on! ARGH! (to make things worse, I forgot Darwin is a maroon state & I'm a die-hard blues girl, and we lost HARD)
Was that May last year by any chance? I was in Timor researching my Masters; had to come back through Darwin. I couldn't find salsa, and I couldn't sleep all night (was staying on Mitchell Street) due to that ^#%^)*^&^@ State of Origin blaring out of the bars ALL night! I had to get up before 5 to get a flight to Melbourne in time for a lecture. Well, had no idea it was on or who won or that people even watch it in the NT, but it would be nice to return to Darwin and actually enjoy it (all two blocks of Darwin...) i.e. salsa, sleep ;)
May 2008 :D I'm so keen to go back to Darwin, one of my favourite places in the world. And sorry azana, I'm probably one of those rugby bogans causing a whole lot of noise too hehehe

re Spin City, Sharon Pakir is doing Rumba & Afro that night... :eek:


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I have some salsa fanatic friends visiting me from Medellin in November, who want me to show them Melbourne's salsa scene. I'm already embarrassed... I don't think the music will quite compare, to begin with. I've made sure I've asked them "Now, you are going to Sydney, too, right?" That should hopefully compensate!


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Latin 24/7 dates 2012 (Melbourne's biggie):

Tonight was pretty good! :D

April 21st Brunswick Town Hall
May 19th Coburg Town Hall (90 Bell Street, Coburg)
June 23rd Coburg
July 28th Coburg
August 18th Coburg
September 15th Coburg
October 13th Coburg
November 17th Coburg
December 8th Coburg

Returning to Brunswick 2013; which is good as my house is on the same road, only about 6mins drive!


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The one decentish weekly party in Melbourne (Conga Room, if you don't mind the poor music selection) has put its prices up - by $5 a ticket! If their was an accompanying improvement in quality / better DJs I wouldn't mind so much, but it's quite a hike and I think I might just have to find somewhere else for now.



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Soooo, guess who has a dire need for salsa in south-east Melbourne now? :D
Natty in Melbourne? YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Oh wow, I have a regular dance friend around now! I just arrived back from Africa this morning and straight away checked out the party dates as I am desperate to dance (just ask my bedroom mirror). Will be at Latin 24/7 on Feb 16 and Spanish Harlem Club March 2. I think the Spanish Club (where the Bullring used to be) may have regular Friday night parties without band, so I'll check it out; otherwise might have to start going to the Conga Room again.

As usual, once a great party gets started in this city, it closes down. It's a curse. This entire city seems to be "undergoing renovations" on a regular basis (even the stalwart Latin 24/7 is onto its third venue since I moved to Australia). This time it's the monthly Hilton South Wharf, which had a great live band. It was also the only party I could bring non-salsa friends to and they really enjoyed it.

As for the south east (of course, I live in the north west :) ), Dance 101 is based in Bentleigh, and I believe have some parties there as well as classes. The lead teacher is extremely good; I've had some killer everybody-watching-us dances with him at Conga Room. Unfortunately, he's one of those teachers who ignores you most of the time if you're not giving him business, and he quickly discovered I wasn't interested in the classes. I am actually - and I mean it this time! - intending to go back to classes this year, with Sharon Pakir's school, which has 'ninja level'. Might be a little inconvenient for you, as it's in Brunswick. If Sharon can't get group advanced on2 going, I think I'll just try privates.

Hope to go out dancing together soon!

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