Salsa Lessons in Medellin, Colombia [VIDEO]

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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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    1. Author

      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.

  1. karen

    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!

    1. Author

      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.

    1. Author

      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.

  2. carmen

    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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  5. Brian

    Hello Gareth! I believe that dancing in crowd makes you self confident. Salsa dancing is my favorite in all. The video you shared is really useful for me. Thank you for sharing such interesting blog.

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  8. Diana

    A really good option to learn and/or practice your new steps is Dancefree. Near Parque Lleras in Poblado, good group classes and you can stay after and practice. It´s so much fun. You can get info at

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