Dancing in Paris

Discussion in 'Member Reviews' started by ArtsySalsera, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. ArtsySalsera

    ArtsySalsera Changui

    Does anyone know what the salsa dance scene is like in Paris, France.
    I'm toying with the idea of going back but this time purely for Salsa.

    -What style of salsa do Parisiens dance? I heard on 1 and on 3.
    Is that right? Do they have such a different style that I'd sit all night like what I read about Miami in the past?

    -Is there anything else I should know about how they dance salsa there
    that I could adjust myself to/practice up on before going.

    -How is the salsa crowd in Paris? ( friendly, not )

    -Is there anything else I should know about the salsa scene in Paris?

    June 10-12, 2005 --- Paris Congress
    {broken links removed}
  2. peachexploration

    peachexploration Maestro 'Timbalero' Puente

    Although I haven't been myself, the following is recommended by one of the natives there:

    Friday & Saturday:
    Les Etoiles: Mambo, Salsa dura, Latin Jazz
    61 rue du château d'eau
    75010 Paris.
    Métro: Château d'eau

    Le Barrio Latino
    46/48, rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine
    75011 Paris
    M° : Bastille
    Tél :

    Le Monte Cristo Café: cuban music
    68, avenue des Champs-Elysées
    75008 Paris
    M° : Franklin Roosevelt

    More info and Salsa clubs in Paris, check: salsafuriosa.com

    Hope this helps. :)
  3. salsachinita

    salsachinita Nuevo Ritmo

    I havn't been to Paris for quite a few years, and the last time I was there, I didn't go salsa dancing :cry: .........

    From what I hear (a visiting salsera from Paris) they dance mainly on2, both Palladium/Power/PR on2, as well as ET/NY on2.

    Another DF member said that it's BOTH on1/on3 (I'm putting them together because the difference is minimal/adjustable) and on2.

    Appearantly Cuban/casino style is alive too (which I'd say is the main one in Miami, plz correct me if I'm wrong).....

    I should really think about going to Paris again, as I have relatives there, and my friend is going back in a few weeks :cry: ........
  4. ArtsySalsera

    ArtsySalsera Changui

    Ok. Then sounds like I should start put some on 3 into my repretoire since that's the one I haven't done before because no one dances it that I know of in my area. I'll see if I can find someone.

    Thanks PE and SC.

    Anyone else have any other info on the Paris Salsa Scene/Paris Congresses??
  5. frenchsalsera

    frenchsalsera Changui

    Hi Artysalsera !

    I don’t know if I am too late to give you a few answers to your Parisian salsa questions but It should still interest some.

    I am French and live in Paris, so I hope I am able to give you good tips.

    I truly think that going to Paris purely for salsa is an excellent spot, across Europe, we are quite a good place to practice.

    About the style, you can find all kind of salsa dancing. But if we talk about the global public, portorican salsa on 1 is the mainly danced (forget about the 3, it’s not that much practiced), followed by Cuban style.
    If we talk specifically about “good dancers” and professionals, then both portorican on 1 and on 2 (palladium and NY) are equally danced.

    Don’t worry about the style and / or not being invited. I think French salseros have their own specificities, but as everywhere else in the world. Each place just develop something salsa their way. But the basic following and guiding is the same everywhere, so no problems to connect.
    About being invited, I would tell you 2 things :
    - don’t worry, you will be invited during the night anyway !
    - but, I must admit that you shouldn’t expect good dancers to do so. I’m hearing you from France, don’t get nervous, I explain !
    Good dancers mostly won’t invite you, because they don’t know you and moreover have never seen you before. Salsa scene in Paris is huge, but considering the hardcore of passionate salseros, we all know each other, at least by view. So, from that, we already have a lot of good partners to dance with, which doesn’t incite to invite an unknown person (which, in this case, implies that it is, in the best option, a non Parisian salsero, or, more frequently, a neophyte).

    Anyway, NEVER HESITATE TO INVITE good dancers, you will NEVER be refused a dance, and it is the way to make yourself seen and recognised as a salsera.

    To finish on that point, I must say salsa crowd in Paris is globally very warm and friendly. You will have an excellent time dancing here and meet very nice people.

    If you ever want a contact in Paris, just email me (or any other interested international salseros), and I’ll try to welcome you as I can. (s.maietti@essca.asso.fr)

    About clubs, here the list of my favourites (I mostly dance on 2 palladium, and PR on 1, so goes the musical playlist of these clubs) :

    - La Coupole > Tuesday from 9.30 to 4am
    100/102 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris, Station : Vavin (Subway number 13)

    - Les Etoiles > Friday from 10 to 2 am
    Rue du Château d’eau, Station : Château d’Eau (Subway n° 4)
    # attention : this club is usually excellent but I would advise you not to go there on your own, this is a place only for dancers as the place is really not nice to stay (old place, kind of cold). Consequently, mainly proper dancers go there and so you will certainly have to invite first to be introduced. But don’t care, people are really nice.#

    - Le Barrio Latino > Sunday from 3pm to 7.30pm
    Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, Station : Bastille (Subway n°1, 5 or 8)

    These 3 places are, for me, the best weekly spots. You have a lot of others places to dance for every evening (some are very good), just check www.salsafrance.com.

    Other places I would highly recommend but not weekly are :

    - Salsa Nights at the O’Sullivan pub, on Sunday, every 2 weeks (excellent), from 9.30 to 2am.
    Boulevard de Clichy, Next to The Moulin Rouge, Station : Blanche (subway N° 2)

    - Salsa Nights at the ENST, one Saturday a month
    Rue Vergniaud, Station : Glacière (Subway N°6), from 9.30 to 5am

    I hope I have helped you in your French salsa research. Don’t hesitate to contact me for further information as this is only the essential information.

    About the Congress, I do think It is worth coming and experience it. This year it will be held the 9/10/11th of June if I remember it well. Just go and check on www.salsabor.fr or email me for précised information.

    See you and enjoy. :D :D :D

  6. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for all the great info frenchsalsera! :D
  7. salsachinita

    salsachinita Nuevo Ritmo

    Welcome to Salsa Forums, Sophia!

    I hope I will be able to visit Paris (and my relatives in France) soon.....
  8. frenchsalsera

    frenchsalsera Changui

    You're welcome !

    It's just a pleasure for each of us to share our passion I think.

    Take care.
  9. squirrel

    squirrel Sonero

    Hello, frenchsalsera, and welcome to the Salsa Forums!

    I am coming to Paris on June 11, and going to the Congress for the party on Saturday, workshops+party on Sunday.

    Now, I would like to meet you when I am in Paris. Woudl that be ok for you?
  10. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Absolutely! :cheers:
  11. SMF

    SMF Changui

    Hi everybody,

    To complete the subject about "Where to dance in Paris", (as the places given for the moment are more LA / PR "salsa portoricaine" Style) here are my favorites places (I'm a cuban style dancer):

    45 Rue St Sébastien 75011 Paris
    Métro/Subway : Saint Ambroise or Richard Lenoir
    Good days => on thursday (cuban music) / Wednesday (mix Cuban + other style) / Friday.
    This is the place to go for the moment

    La Pachanga
    8 r Vandamme 75014 Paris
    Métro/ Subway : Gaité or Edgard Quinet
    => Monday and thursday

    Moving de Thiais (ONLY if you have a car)
    3, rue des Alouettes - 94320 Thiais
    => saturday (all sort of salsa music)

    There is lot of salsa club in Paris, and each has his style, moreover some clubs change there programmation each day, so just take care of what style you want to dance to go to the right place.

    As frenchsalsera said French Salseros never refuse a dance (I never do :D ).

    Hope this will help (and also that you understood my english, I need practice (sorry... :? )) ;)
  12. wuthering

    wuthering Changui

    ArtsySalsera, if you enjoy on1 style, I would definitely recommend you La Pachanga, because it is the friendliest place I've ever seen in Paris. I've been there with a ballroom dancer (i.e. she couldn't even do a proper di le que no) and she was invited all night long.
  13. frenchsalsera

    frenchsalsera Changui

    Hi there !

    Just to answer to squirrel …. I haven’t seen your post before. Sure if you are coming to Paris for the congress, we should try to meet, even though I think I might a bit busy during this period (the congress for myself first, and a few of friends from france and Europe coming for the event that I haven’t seen for a long time).

    But anyway, email me at the following address, we should try to organise that :

    {email address removed}

    By the way, if you want information in English about Paris Salsa Congress, here is the link :

    {broken link removed}

    Enjoy !

  14. feliz

    feliz Changui

    salsa in paris

    hello! i saw this subject and wanted to post a link to our brand-new English section on salsafrance.com - www.salsafrance.com/english - in it you'll find the addresses and descriptions of the clubs, teachers, and other places to go and find live music and cds in Paris!

    we'll keep the site updated monthly, please check back for more info on the congress in June. we look forward to seeing y'all on the dancefloors or on the quais of the Seine soon! :)
  15. peachexploration

    peachexploration Maestro 'Timbalero' Puente

    Hi Feliz! Great Info. Thank you. Welcome to Salsa Forums! :D Feel free to join us in other discussion threads. Your thoughts and ideas are welcomed. :)
  16. Tancha

    Tancha Changui

    2frenchsalsera: thanks a lot for the information!!!
    My friend has finally made an invitation for me so if I am granted with the French visa I'll be in Paris in May (1.05-15.05- the dates are not fixed yet). And I'd definitely like to meet Parisian salser@s there ;) Simply can't wait (the only prob is that I do not speak French but from my last visit to Paris I can remember it's not a real problem :lol: )
  17. frenchsalsera

    frenchsalsera Changui

    Glad to hear it !

    If you ever come to Paris, just let me know. Email me and I'll try to help you discover Paris salsa scene.

    Hope to see you soon ! :D
  18. Tancha

    Tancha Changui

    Dear frenchsalsera- I definitely will contact you :) I just don't want to push things before I get through that official nightmare. It's always so great to meet nice people whenever you go :) Thank you. I have you e-mail on my contact list already
  19. Yvanka

    Yvanka Changui

    Salsa in Paris for NYE 06?

    Hey guys!

    I will be coming to Paris for New Year and was wondering if you know of any New Year events in good salsa clubs ....


    Yvanka (Malta)
  20. Alias

    Alias Sonero

    Re: Salsa in Paris for NYE 06?

    It falls on Saturday, 31th of December 2005.

    There were some announcements about salsa or latino parties (in clubs or restaurants or elsewhere) on the Salsa France web Forum (www.forumsalsa.net), and a thread to discuss about it (in french) "{broken link removed}" (salsa New Year) and you can have a look at these posts giving some sum up {broken links removed}.

    Alas well known Sunday afternoon salsa parties (at the Barrio Latino or the Wagg) won't take place on Sunday, 1st of January 2006, the Sunday evening salsa party at the Sullivan will take place.

    If further information is needed (kind of place, kind of music, kind of dance), I can answer here in english.

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