Salsa Lessons in Medellin, Colombia [VIDEO]

My biggest goal while living in Medellin, Colombia was to trade in my gringo shuffle for some latin coordination by taking salsa lessons during the day and practicing on unsuspecting Colombian women at night.

Unlike the States, you can’t go to a nightclub and just sit around. Dancing is a must if you want to meet fit in with locals (and meet women/men).

After a few weeks of private salsa classes at a quiet place in my neighborhood of Envigado, I was able to get by at night without stepping on anyone’s toes or getting booed off the dance floor.

After a few months of salsa dancing around different nightclubs in Medellin, I felt comfortable jumping up and dancing with anyone.

I still have a long way to go to catch my salsa steps up to my reggaeton rhythm (which is more like good ‘ol fashion grinding in the States), but I feel like I’m on my way.

I enjoy Salsa a lot more than the Tango I was dancing in Buenos Aires because it seems to be more loose and fun than the structured seriousness of Tango (although both are wicked sexy).

Hopefully within the next few years I can get back to Colombia and visit Cali, the Salsa capital of Colombia, to hone my moves and then venture to Cuba to see how they rock the Salsa.

Until then, I’ll keep working on my skills and I’ll do a follow-up video for you all to see the transformation from this video, my first Salsa lesson in Medellin.

Dancing Salsa in Medellin Colombia

My First Salsa Lesson in Medellin, Colombia

Info on Salsa Lessons in Medellin:

I took my salsa lessons from GozArte in Envigado, but I had some friends took private lessons from Baila Latina in the Poblado neighborhood of Medellin.

There are also a number of group classes around the city at various nightclubs, like Cien Fuegos.

Medellin is also host to the annual Colombia Salsa Festival, so that’s a great time of the year to go and practice.

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19 Responses to Salsa Lessons in Medellin, Colombia [VIDEO]

  1. Learning to salsa dance was one of the highlights of my travels in Latin America. Sadly, I didn’t keep up with it and probably cannot do it anymore.
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    • Gareth

      I totally understand Steph. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find a few salsa spots while I’m back in the States to keep me moving until I can get back into lessons and dancing on a regular basis.

  2. Try and go to the world salsa championships in cali next time you are there. Unbelievable and better still it is free to watch the events!

    • Gareth

      I heard great things about the event Karen… I gotta get to Cali soon to see how they dance because I heard it’s much faster than how they teach and dance in Medellin.

  3. What, no real world footage from the discotecas of Medellin!?

    See you in Cuba!
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    • Gareth

      No time for taping once I hit the d. floor. Next time I’m in Medellin, I definitely will. Maybe we can shoot something together in Cuba.

  4. Not ready for Dancing with the Stars yet? Although, you’d probably make it through the first couple weeks…fun!

  5. Hola Vago, me gusta mucho tu vídeo y tus clases en la corporación gozarte , nos encantaría tenerte por aquí de nuevo , eres siempre bienvenido , un beso y un abrazo grande , la profe de español ;)
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  6. great video.. keep it up.. ;)
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  7. Oh this is so cute. Now that you’ve shown us the “before” you have to show us the “after”.
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  8. It’s very inspirational job, which can help others. Thanks for sharing.
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  9. you must get your sexy bum up to Florida so I can teach you some serious salsa skills! I have competed and can tell you how to get the girls with some smooth-yet-fast spin spins! ;D

    really cute video btw :) but I agree with Angelina–you need to show us the “after” video!

    - Maria Alexandra
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  10. Also I’m learning with you, which is very necessary. And next I’ll try like you.
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  11. I started taking Salsa lessons early last month and the progress is really good. I take it as physical fitness exercise too. All the best for you too.
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