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Paris’s can’t-miss clubs
Updated as at November 13, 2011
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 ;
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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.
Interview : Susan Sparks
An American in Paris
From la Coupole to Le Marais, LA style has an ambassador in Paris
Tell me who you are, and where you come from ?
My name is Susan Sparks and I come from Los Angeles, California. I’ve been teaching salsa in Paris at my own school since 1992.
Why did you leave California ?
I left California because I was going to do a dance workshop. That was my first trip to Paris. I fell in love with it at that time and I said, I’m going to try to succeed, I’m going to try to come back, and I did, then I met the man of my dreams, and the rest is (...)(... lire la suite)
SalsAventura : Morry Krispijn
Learning the old-school Dutch moves
Teaching techniques captured after a visit to Bretagne
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)
Maurice of Les Etoiles
Echoes from Parisian salsa’s past
Maurice was interviewed on November 5, 2005, on a Saturday afternoon following a busy Friday night salsa party at Les Etoiles, one of the oldest homes of salsa in Paris.
Maurice, the man behind Les Etoiles.
Please start by telling me your name.
It’s not important, I am Maurice of Les Etoiles.
How long have you owned Les Etoiles ?
Since 1984. Before I worked in clothing. For several generations in my family we’ve worked in clothes and I became the black sheep of my (...)(... lire la suite)
Roberto el Cubano
The long arm of Parisian salsa
Getting down to Cuban sounds
Roberto el Cubano was interviewed on October 14, 2005 in his apartment in Paris, accompanied by Rikke, his Danish girlfriend, and Carla, their daughter. Over a great lunch and the sounds of Pablo Milanes and an auditory sampling of reggaeton, he talked about his experience of Parisian salsa.
Roberto El Cubano.
Describe the context in which you grew up ?
I was born in Havana. My father was an intellectual who worked as an engineer, and also was a professor at the University, but he (...)(... lire la suite)
Cliford and Valérie of Salsabor
Exploring the soul of salsa
Talking with the most-seasoned mamberos in Paris
Cliford was interviewed at the première of Le Privé on Saturday, September 3, 2005. It was 2 a.m. on a métro grating, outside the club where he and Valérie and their first students brought ’portorican’ salsa to Paris ten years ago. Valérie was interviewed by phone the next day, and their words are excerpted and intertwined for you, here.
Valérie, before going on-stage in the première of Salsamor Fever, June 8, 2005. Cliford leads students at Le Privé, stepping back into (...)(... lire la suite)
Razor-sharp and switchblade smooth...
Coming at you live from the Mondial de la Salsa de Paris, 2005
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.(... lire la suite)
Where to learn salsa
Dance and drum like a Parisian latino
This is a partial list of some of the top schools and instructors in Paris. In the city of Paris alone there is an instructor for every style, and nuance of style, in salsa and its sister dances… With this caveat in mind, please realize that this list doesn’t contain all of them, but is just a listing for where you might want to start if you would like to take a class or two to dance like we do in the City of Light.(... lire la suite)
How to get there
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.(... lire la suite)