Havana, Cuba

The best offer to learn to dance in Havana is “La Casa del Son” (the House of Son) that was born with the idea of having a space in the heart of Old Havana where foreigners who visit Cuba have the opportunity to learn, perfect, and enjoy traditional Cuban dances such as the son, danzón, cha-cha-cha, rumba, salsa, rueda de casino (“casino wheel”), and folklore.  It is a colonial house dating back to the year 1715 that has since been completely restored.

Moscow, Russia

Dating back to 1776, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy is one of the oldest and best ballet companies in the world.  The theater is the parent company of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, a leading ballet school worldwide.  One of the academy alumnae is Maya Plisetskaya, one of only two Russian ballet dancers who were recently awarded the dance title of prima ballerina assoluta.

Cali, Colombia

Salsa is very popular, and the Colombian city of Cali is another ideal destination to learn how to dance it in dance camps and classes.  The Mistella Salsa Hostel offers travelers the opportunity to participate in group salsa classes for beginners.  Additionally, the hostel has its own salsa school and offers private classes of other dances like merengue and bachata.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tango is one of the most sensual and famous dances of the world, and travelers who come to Buenos Aires will have the opportunity to learn some steps at the Ostinatto Hostel every Monday for one hour.  Though this may not be sufficient to convert you into a tango expert, it definitely will awaken your interest and enthusiasm for this legendary Argentinian dance.

Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Salvador de Bahia is probably one of the best cities in the world to learn samba.  At the Open House Barra, travelers can choose to sign up for beginner-level samba classes with other guests.  The hostel also offers the services of a well-known local choreographer who is in charge of holding a series of intensive workshops of diverse Brazilian dances.

Madrid, Spain

Cat’s Hostel is a central hostel in Madrid that offers flamenco classes during the week.  In addition, every Friday features a flamenco show, followed by a fun improvised class that travelers can take advantage of to practice what they’ve learned so far and have a good time.  The property has its own bar and a beautiful interior patio decorated in the purest Andalusian style.

San Cristóbal de las Casas, México

The Rossco Backpackers Hostel is a lively place with a great atmosphere, perfect for meeting other travelers.  It holds salsa classes completely for free, so interested guests can take advantage of their stay to improve their dancing skills.  The hostel features various common spaces, such as an equipped kitchen, a terrace with hammocks, and a garden.

New York City, USA

The American Ballet Theatre offers a premiere in the technical dance education program.  Known for the professional programs of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, this school produces the best ballet dancers in the world.  One of its famous students is David Alvarez, a Tony Award winner and former star of “Billy Elliot, the Musical.”

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Each year in Puerto Rico, the World Salsa Congress is held at the luxurious hotel San Juan Casino of Isla Verde.  They recommend attending places such as “El Criollo,” “The Oyster Bar,” and “Picante” since these places are specialized in catering to tourists who may be interested in learning to dance salsa.

Paris, France

The Opera Ballet School is located in Paris.  The origins of the company date back to the middle of the 1600s when King Louis XIV was named King of France.  The school features a variety of ballet dancers, including Agnes Letestu and Nicolas Le Riche.

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