Salsa dancing, with its high-energy music at 150 – 200 beats per minute, and its adaptability is a fantastically fun and aerobic way to spend an evening. By the end of the first song, you’ll forget you ever had any cares. By the end of the night, you’ll feel 10 pounds lighter. Los Angeles has its own salsa style and a diverse range of clubs that cater to it’s enthusiasts.
The Granada LA
17 S 1st St
Alhambra, CA 91801
Hours: Mon, Weds – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tue 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thurs to Fri – 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sat – 10:30 a.m. to 3 a.m., Sun – 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Granada LA is a fantastic venue featuring spirited live music, so you can get your salsa groove on. One of its best selling points is the wide variety of partners to choose from as there is usually a large turn out of dancers. More than just a dance hall or concert venue, salsa lessons are available at every level from beginner to advanced and the mixed crowd is always a fun-loving bunch.
1038 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Price: $10 before 10:30 p.m.; $20 after 10:30 p.m.
Hours: Fri to Sat – 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Club Mayan is one of a small handful of LA buildings designed in a pre-Columbian style. The club boasts two dance floors, with all forms of Latin music being played on the main level. The other levels playing a range of genres from dance to hip hop to alternative rock and Top 40. So if you are looking for a little variety after cutting a rug salsa dancing, all you will need to do is switch floors.
1052 N Allen Drive
Pasadena, CA 91104
Price: Salsa Party- $5; Classes- $15 for 1, $48 for 4, $100 for 10
Hours: Salsa Party- Every 2nd Friday night at 7 p.m.; Classes- Mon & Wed- 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m., Sat- 12:30 p.m.
For those who want to flaunt their moves in a chilled, laid back atmosphere, and don’t want to break the bank, Luminia Academy has it all. Its salsa party every 2nd Friday features free Sangria for the adults and allows the under 21 crowd all for just a $5 donation. There is ample street parking and the neighborhood features affordable eateries to refuel after you dance off all those calories. For beginners, Salsa I & II are offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. respectively, and on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.. The 8:30 p.m. class on Mondays and Wednesdays is an advanced technique class. The phenomenal instructors will have you on the floor and dancing like a superstar in no time.
1253 N Vine St
Hollywood, CA 90038
Price: $10, waived if purchasing dinner
Hours: Mon through Fri – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
El Floridita features the finest Cuban cuisine this side of Havana. This intimate space has a huge dance floor and is the perfect place to dance your cares away. There is authentic Cuban music played live nightly which is second to none. El Floridita truly is a little piece of Cuba here in the City of Angels, making it a favorite weekend stop for salsa dancers of all ages and levels.
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6555 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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This is the venue to go to if you can salsa to any song and have a competitive streak. While there are dedicated Latin/Salsa dance nights, one of the most fun events King King hosts is the Floor, where dance is improvised to any music in any style of ones choosing. At King King, everyone dances like everyone is watching, which they usually are.
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