A guide to Latin Dancing in Orlando: Classes, Clubs and Events
From Bachata to Merengue and Cha-cha to Salsa, nothing will amp up the heat in your relationship quite like a night out dancing. While you may feel out of your comfort zone at first, dancing is a great way to connect with your partner while getting a workout and having fun together. Even beginners can master simpler dances like the Bachata and Merengue.
Grab your dancing partner and hit the town – Orlando is home to several great dance schools as well at Latin dance clubs where you can show off your new moves!
Common Types of Dance
The term “Latin dance” describes a wide variety of dances including both competitive and social dances. No matter which you choose, all styles are intimate, fast-paced, and fun.
Bachata: This is the first Latin dance I learned, and it’s incredibly easy to pick up. Originating from the Dominican Republic, it’s simple to master the basic side-to-side movements. Once you’re more comfortable, you can add in your own flavor and embellishments on the dance floor.
Merengue: This dance also originates from the Dominican Republic and is simple to learn. The beat is easy to follow, and the motion is primarily in the hips. The movements are similar to marching.
Salsa: Salsa is one of the most recognizable forms of Latin dance and is characterized by faster steps and turns.
Other common Latin dances include: Cha-cha, Bolero, Rumba, and Samba.
DANCE CLASSES & PRIVATE LESSONS
Are you a Latin dancing newbie? Classes are a great way to get started. You’ll be learning from a trained instructor alongside other beginners, and some groups organize outings where you can practice what you’ve learned with the class.
Arthur Murray has five different Central Florida locations. Each location teaches a wide variety of Latin dance styles including: Bachata, Rumba, Merengue, Salsa, Samba, and Bolero among others. Make sure to take advantage of the new student offer – your first lesson is free.
There are four convenient Central Florida locations in Altamonte Springs, Dr. Phillips, Celebration, and Oakland. Classes range from beginners to advanced and styles include Rumba, Salsa, and Samba. Classes are 8 weeks long and cost $96/person.
This dance studio specializes in Latin dance. Learn Bachata, Salsa, Cha-cha, and Ballroom dancing. In addition to classes, enjoy Friday night Salsa socials. Class prices vary depending on location, check the website for details and class times.
Bahari offers weekly Bachata classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Email email@example.com for pricing information.
945 North Semoran Blvd
After you have a few dance classes under your belt, the next step is to get out there and show off what you’ve learned! Here are some great Latin dance clubs around town where you can shake your stuff:
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Restaurant by day and lively dance club by night, Cuba Libre is a one stop shop for an evening of dining, drinking, and dancing in Pointe Orlando. On Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 10pm, the restaurant transforms into a hub for Latin nightlife. Enjoy Merengue, Salsa, Bachata, and Latin music until 2am.
9101 International Drive, Orlando
Mango’s Tropical Café
You don’t have to wait until the weekend to show off your moves; Mango’s offers nightly entertainment and dancing. The huge restaurant includes eight different bars and amazing dinner shows. Dinner shows include Merengue, Salsa, and more. After dinner, stick around for Latin dancing late into the night.
8126 International Drive, Orlando
Fuego Night Club
This club got a makeover and a name change since my last visit. The renovated space is perfect for truly immersing yourself into the world of Bachata, Merengue, and Salsa music and dance. For a full date night, stop at Agave Azul for dinner and drinks before dancing the night away. Club hours are Fridays & Saturdays from 9:30pm-2:45am.
11370 Orange Blossom Trl S., Orlando
Dance festivals package everything you love about dance into one event: dancing, performances, parties, and more. Here are several upcoming events in Orlando for dance lovers.
Unity of Dance Festival May 4-8, 2017
This upcoming festival includes 4 full days of celebrating dance. Enjoy pool parties, shows, workshops, 50+ dance classes, entertainment, and more. The evening parties actually will have you dancing all night long, as they don’t end until 6am! Full tickets as well as single night passes are available.
Orlando Salsa Congress June 29-July 3, 2017
This event is billed as a “dance vacation” and includes several days worth of pool parties, concerts, performances, workshops, and even a Salsa bootcamp for beginners.
About the Author
Stephanie Patterson is the managing editor of Orlando Date Night Guide. She’s a talented professional food and travel photographer and writer with a passion for creativity, the beach and great eats. When she’s not taking photos or writing, you can find her exploring the state for her Florida travel blog, Travel Taste Click. Find her online at www.spattersonphotography.com and www.traveltasteclick.com.