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    Where to dance
    Paris’s can’t-miss clubs
    Updated as at November 13, 2011

    par feliz, Jack "El Oso"

    A (hopefully) up-to-date list and quick description of salsa clubs in Paris, France.

    Latest news and additions :

    - Phil & Madj Friday party moves to another (near-by) venue ;
    - Phil & Madj launch Saturday monthly parties @ Café Louise ;
    - Mambo @Djoon no longer a weekly party ;
    - Updated info for Balajo & O’Sullivan’s ;
    - Moving de Thiais and United parties info added.

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    SalsAventura : Morry Krispijn
    Learning the old-school Dutch moves
    Teaching techniques captured after a visit to Bretagne

    par feliz

    On November 30, 2005 Morry has just returned to Holland after a weekend salsa workshop with Los Loquitos de la Salsa in Rennes, France. Around midnight, he’s just finished teaching four hours of classes, his voice raspy from fatigue ; we begin the phone interview by talking about cold remedies. Writing down the steps for a shine in progress. November 2005. He laughs : You notice how important your voice is when you’re about to lose it ; and tonight, now that it’s (...)(... lire la suite)



    Portrait of Salseros
    The Ball and Chain
    by Jack El Oso, translated by feliz

    par feliz

    Another familiar face in the salsa community. Certain salsero(a)s, for the most part notorious salsaholics, have the particularity of being ’taken,’ which means that they are engaged in a serious relationship with some who does not share, not one iota, their passion. The ball and chain is the name given to this other half of the salsaholic couple. While the other goes out and dances with everyone, the ball and chain sits at the bar, face stretched by ennui and anger so long (...)(... lire la suite)



    Portraits of Salseros
    The Tornado
    by Jack El Oso, translated by feliz

    par feliz

    This creature is very easy to spot at a salsa party due to the fact that regardless of the density of the crowd on the floor, when she dances, as if by magic, a large space flowers around her path. Everyone knows the Tornado. Those who don’t have this pleasure already figure out very quickly, after having received the benediction of her elbow in their nose, two or three piercings by the heel of her shoe, or the rake of her nails across their face, and they quickly migrate to other, (...)(... lire la suite)



    Orville Small
    Razor-sharp and switchblade smooth...
    Coming at you live from the Mondial de la Salsa de Paris, 2005

    par feliz

    Orville Small and his partner Sabrina Buis have been making waves on both sides of the Atlantic for their explosive, original dance style. The Mondial de la Salsa will bring them to Paris in June, 2005 : read on to learn the goods on Orville, the creative force behind the Blade choreography.

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    Portraits of Salseros
    The King of the Dance Floor
    Written by Jack El Oso, translated by feliz

    par feliz

    Paradoxically, the King of the dancefloor dances very rarely on the floor itself. The dancefloor is too often encumbered by couples who, if they’re not restricting him in his movements, block the audience of the faithful from watching his oeuvre. The King of the Dancefloor can often be found elsewhere, preferably a spot with very good lighting - for example, next to the bar, where he has all the room he needs to shine in the eyes of the other, enraptured subjects-salseros who are (...)(... lire la suite)



    Portraits of Salseros
    The Invisible Man
    Written by Sandrès, translated by feliz

    par feliz

    He is not an attractive man. He’s the type of person that you don’t even see as he goes by ; some, cruel, would say that he’s insignificant. He is the shadow of his own self in filtered light, vacillating, shuttered. It is difficult to guess his age because nothing in his appearance seems to want to speak : his clothing is not there to stand out, his hairstyle is so absent as to be without qualification… his eyes are more intimate with the ceiling than with (...)(... lire la suite)



    Portraits of Salseros
    The Cheapskate
    Written by Copacubana, translated by feliz

    par feliz

    His guiding principle : no centime shall be spent on salsa. In order to follow his precept to the letter of the law, he begins to learn to dance by testing the free trial classes for each dance school in the area. Once he’s tried them all, he learns by symbiosis : that is, he becomes very good friends with someone who is actually paying for classes, who teaches him all he needs to know in private. He only goes dancing where there is no fee, no vestiaire, and it’s not (...)(... lire la suite)



    Portraits of Salseros
    The Salsaholic
    Written by Jack El Oso, translated by feliz

    par feliz

    The Salsaholic is a very recognizable member of the salsa community. Where others drink, smoke or take drugs, his addiction is Salsa, to an extent that the Salsaholic lives only for salsa. When you talk to him, he only wants to talk about It, and seems to drift off to sleep as soon as the conversation leaves the familiar ground of his passion. His alarm clock beeps in a clave rhythm, he drinks his coffee while listening to Dura, and drives to work with Salsa spilling out of the windows (...)(... lire la suite)



    Live music, and how to find it
    What’s happening Live in the City of Light

    par feliz

    Paris has several great clubs for listening to music, and in some, there is the additional advantage of danceability. For that reason, it is to be hoped that the Paris salsa concert scene continues to attract an enthusiastic public : do your part, go see a show. Some of our favorite spots to listen/watch/dance to live artists are...

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    How to get there
    Addresses

    par feliz, Jack "El Oso"

    Where to find the schools and clubs to make your Parisian salsa experience complete. The postal code is the key to the arrondissement : the last two characters contain the number of the arrondissement, or section of town.

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