Ever wished all eyes were on you because you tangoed the night away and not because you’re dancing like dad? Here are our top three dance providers, serving up authentic dance moves from the experts. Read on for information about flamenco, salsa, tango tap and ballet for beginners in and around Manchester.
1. Flamenco, salsa and tango at Instituto Cervantes
Instituto Cervantes was established in 1991 to ‘teach and promote the language and culture of Spain’. Luckily for us that includes classes in Flamenco, Salsa and Tango for all levels. Here’s the current line up: Flamenco Beginners: Mon 7.30pm Improvers: Mon 6pm, Intermediate: Sat 10.30am. Tango Beginners: Tue 6.30pm, Intermediate: Tue 8pm. Salsa Beginners: Sat 4pm, Intermediate: Sat 2pm, Intermediate – Advanced: Saturdays noon
326/330 Deansgate, Campfield Avenue Arcade, Manchester M3 4FN; Tel: 0161 661 4201, prices from £80 per course, www.manchester.cervantes.es/en
2. Tormenta Tango at various venues
Argentine Tango is an artform – and Tormenta Tango, a group of enthusiasts passionate about putting the pizazz into our dance steps – are an authentic group of enthusiasts based in the Manchester area. Their events typical revolve around social, evening-long dances called milongas. They typically take place around south Manchester. Keep an eye on the website to keep up to date with what’s happening when.
Various venues, times and prices, www.tormentatango.co.uk
3. Salsa Freedom in the Northern Quarter
Unsurprisingly, Salsa Freedom teaches Salsa… but, did you know that there are different variations on the dance depending on the availability of partners? You can dance alone, in a pair, or rueda. Salsa Rueda involves dancing in unison in a circle and swapping partners between moves. This style allows the dance to be picked up quickly and ensures that everyone gets a chance to dance with each other. Classes cost £8 a pop and last for an hour, after which there is a chance for “social dancing”. All levels of dancers are welcome but emphasis is placed on beginners learniong the ropes. Lessons take place at the Methodist Church on Oldham Street in Central Manchester (M1 1JQ) on Wednesdays 8pm-9pm and Fridays 7.30pm to 8.30pm. The company offer private lessons and are always looking for new venues to teach in, so if you have a group of likeminded people who would love to salsa the night away then get in touch with them!
Methodist Church, Central Buildings, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ; Tel: 07766 111 694 www.salsafreedom.co.uk
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Published on: Mon 18 Feb 2019