Latin dancing in NYC is mostly reggaeton, salsa/bachata/merengue, tango, swing and house.
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Reggaeton Dance Venues
Reggaeton is the popular dance of the young.
Salsa Dance Venues
Salsa dancing is a Caribbean cultural expression.
GREENWICH VILLAGE, NYC
Mexican restaurant with dancing to live salsa bands on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and some Thursdays too.
SALSA 1st Saturdays
Toda la Noche
TANGO 2nd & Last Saturdays
All Night Milonga
Labor Day Weekend
Sat-Wed, August 24-28, 2019
Thu-Sun, August 29-Sep 1, 2019
Times Square, NYC
A week of dancing in spots all over Manhattan ends with a weekend of salsa workshops, performances and dancing to live music by Tony Vega, Moncho Rivera and Doug Beavers
National Puerto Rican Day Parade Weekend
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Salsa legends Willie Colón, Victor Manuelle, Jerry Rivera, La India, Grupo Niche, Eddie Santiago, Tito Rojas, Lalo Rodriguez, José Alberto “El Canario,” Fruko y sus Tesos and more
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Friday-Monday, May 24-27, 2019
NEW YORK HILTON MIDTOWN
A salsa and bachata dance festival of workshops, shows, and dance parties
There are many small places to dance bachata uptown and in The Bronx. A form of bachata called “Sensual Bachata” is popular with Europeans at dance studios in Midtown.
Argentine Tango came to New York City when Juan Carlos Copes’ tango show “Tango Argentino” ran on Broadway in 1985. The performers taught at Stepping Out Studios and seeded the first generation of tango teachers in the United States. A couple of the first generation of U.S. dancers are still active in New York.
Most of the current generation of tango teachers were taught by performers from Luis Bravo’s “Forever Tango” which ran on Broadway in 1997, 2004, and 2013.
East Village, NYC
Dance Argentine tango with NYC’s best dancers in an intimate room with one of NYC’s top tango DJs
Dance Argentine tango at NYC’s most traditional milonga (tango party).
– ON PAUSE –
STEPPING OUT STUDIOS
Wednesdays & Sundays
WEST VILLAGE, NYC
The Palladium Ballroom
The Palladium Ballroom at 1698 Broadway on the northeast corner of Broadway and 53rd St became legendary when it opened its doors to Latins on Sundays in 1947. It was the first place in New York where all peoples could mingle freely, regardless of skin color or social class. The format was so successful that the Palladium soon went all-Latin.
Two bands performed nightly. The “Big Three” most popular bands were Machito and his Afro-Cubans, Tito Puente and Tito Rodríguez. The club was near the row of jazz clubs on 52nd St from Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue. Latin musicians would go to 52nd St to listen and sit in with the jazz cats, and jazz musicians would do the same at the Palladium. There was a whole lot of mixing going on.
In 1948, the Mambo Craze swept the United States. It wasn’t really Cuban mambo and nobody dances quite like that today, but Palladium Mambo popularized Latin dancing across the United States and paved the way for the Cha-Cha-Cha craze of 1953 that spread from Havana to Mexico City and around the world in 1955.
The essence of Palladium Style evolved in the late 1960s and early 1970s into salsa dancing and even break dancing when Puerto Rican kids in the Bronx brought their parents’ Palladium moves to hip-hop.
Dance Me to the End of Love
“Show me slowly what I only know the limits of. Dance me to the end of love.”Leonard Cohen, “Dance Me to the End of Love” (1984)
Leonard Cohen, a Jewish poet who wrote in English from French Canada, wrote some of the most romantic words ever.