Top *unexpected* salsa cities in the US

Discussion in 'Just Dance' started by elanimal, May 16, 2017.

  1. elanimal

    elanimal Nuevo Ritmo

    Hello all,

    Yes yes, NYC, LA, maybe DC, Chicago, Miami are great cities for salsa dancing in the US. I want to know what other cities one wouldn't expect, have decent scenes.

    The reason I'm asking is because I am applying to medical school, and am applying widely. Med school probably won't leave me much time to dance, but I would like it to be a source of stress relief as it has been for me the past 5 years. I currently live in Boston and actually like the scene here for different reasons. I come from PR, and Boston has advantages over PR in some ways.

    Boston has a place to dance every night of the week, with various socials throughout each weekend of the month. The scene is 'small,' so only one venue exists for each night, at most 2 on some odd Saturday. This allows for a concentration of all people who are interested in salsa to meet in only one place. Meanwhile, in PR, on a given Friday night there may be 5 free live events within a 10 mile radius. So the dancing talent gets diluted, resulting in venues with lower levels of dancing than even Boston. I dare say this happens even in NYC, where too many events dilute the overall quality and Boston sometimes can squeak ahead.

    So. Are there any cities, in the Midwest, South, California, Northeast that would be somewhat comparable to Boston at least? One fun way I thought of testing it out is seeing how many followers the 'de facto' facebook group page for each scene has. Boston's has near 1500 members, NYC 3500, DC 2000, LA 6400 (damn), Chicago 2700.

    Ok, so PR's page has 63K likes. I will probably end up back in PR.

    MAMBO_CEC Capitán Del Estilo

    Seattle is not too shabby!! Think Mambo Pica Pica. We've also got tons of dance teams:) amazing follows, superb DJs and a world class congress.
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  3. G809

    G809 Changui

    SF Bay Area has plenty of good dancing :). Having been to Boston, I'd say there are more and better dancers here, but spread out across a much larger geographic area.
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  4. SnowDancer

    SnowDancer Clave Commander

    I think Portland is better than one might expect, and you can often dance every night of the week, with 2-3 choices on a few nights. We have good DJ's, and sometimes get visits from ones in Seattle. The level of dancing is... well, maybe not especially high; but the follows have a better reputation than the leads, so that works for you. :)

    There are also a few bands; and while I haven't been happy with the quality in the past, one of them has been getting quite good lately.
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  5. Maybe the Texas cities????

    Otherwise Denver, Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando
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  6. Marcos

    Marcos Son Montuno

    It depends on your dance intentions. I've found the PR scene to have a completely different vibe than in USA, because there's a lot of serious couples (non-dancers) on date nights that are only interested in dancing with each other, so it can be very cuadrao' as they say in Domino, and it took me a while to figure out which were the good dance venues. You appear to be a serious dancer, and as such you'll find there's far more regular dancers going to each salsa event in USA latin/salsa clubs, so a smaller number of venues than PR is not really less dancing than PR.

    I advice you to take a look at cities that have Salsa congresses/festivals and local bands; those are the best indicators of a strong scene. I agree with the previous poster about San Francisco, which is a city that hosts festivals/congresses and has very good local bands.
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  7. terence

    terence Maestro 'Descarga' Cachao

    There, is the perfect combo for you.. Top class medical institution, Emory, and, a large Hispanic population with great latino clubs, and, plenty of choices for accom .
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  8. Marcos

    Marcos Son Montuno

    I initially started to write about Atlanta in my previous post, but I decided to take it out because I haven't been there. However, in two events in Miami I ran into large groups from Atlanta that were really good (Disclaimer: they were Casino dancers). They were able to organize a larger group from Atlanta to Miami than we were able to from Tampa, which is less than half the distance, so that's a very good indicator. Of course that was a long time ago, things might have changed.
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  9. elanimal

    elanimal Nuevo Ritmo

    For some reason I had left out Texas. With the BIG in San Antonio and the Houston Salsa Congress being so successful, I can only imagine the scene must be awesome around those cities.
  10. Al Israel

    Al Israel Tumbao

    If I were you I would go on "field trips" to your top choices for a few days to test the salsa scene. I was not blown away by the Portland scene, if I lived there I wouldn't go out much. Seattle has a nicer scene but it is lead-heavy. Overall I have found Europe more to my tastes, learn abroad :p
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  11. salsera_alemana

    salsera_alemana Nuevo Ritmo

    If you want some really good PR salsa and good live concerts, then the place to be is Orlando!!!

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