Hola Cuba changing venue from Kommunity to Revolution De Cuba

It feels like the end of an era! Yersin and his Hola Cuba team will be moving to a brand spanking venue.

There will be a farewell salsa party tomorrow, Wednesday 27th @ Kommunity.

Three separate events will be taking place at Revolution De Cuba every week starting from the 11th of July!

Personally, I can’t see a more fitting venue for the team and will be awaiting future events with abaited breath!

 

Newcastle Salsa Party Easter Weekend

If you want to move your keister this easter, then check out the upcoming Salsa Party at Kommunity.

If you’ve got your energy for a full day of classes and workshops they’ll be on through the day, full details on the Hola Cuba event page below.

Details for Hola Cuba All Dayer

I’m invested as I’m a regular at this venue to begin with. Its also relatively cheap (the event, not me of course).

Most people who will be attending the classes will be aware of it already, but there are probably quite a few social dancers who wouldn’t be aware of my favorite social party.

I’m also invested because its a birthday celebration too. Which means there will be cake.

Two Free Salsa Socials in Newcastle

You may be on a budget. Maybe you’re already investing some serious wonga into some private tuition and you don’t want to overspend.

If you’re like me, you might be itching for a social but also want to refrain from dipping into your booze fund. Or maybe you’re just looking to increase the longevity of the booze fund.

As you probably gathered by the title of this article, I am going to share with you 2 places you can dance Salsa in Newcastle for free. I won’t cover the street (unless you’re in the Rolling Stones), these are all respectable bars where you’ll bump (literally after a few pints) into like minded, and frugal, dancers.

Kommunity

Kommunity is situated near the old police station. Every Wednesday from around 9.30pm the classes stop and the night opens into a social.
The music and skill of the dancers will vary considerably. Students here will have been practicing Cuban Salsa (Casino). Most, if not all, dancers at this social will most likely know a bit of cross body too.
The music will consist of Son, Reggaeton, Cha-Cha, Salsa Tracks, Bachata (often Dominican) and Kizomba. Expect to see free-styling, some lineups forming and even the occasional Rueda.

Its a mixed mag depending on who shows up. Sometimes there’s lots of room and its mainly salsa and bachata, sometimes its absolutely heaving and blasting AfroBeat and Reggaeton.

Harry’s Bar

Every Thursday from 8pm (but often filling up around 10pm) is Harry’s Latin Party. Expect line-ups and lots of personality from resident DJ Jose Escobar. They also have a Cocktail deal on coinciding with the Salsa Party, to boot!
Music is very eclectic, but mostly Latin. Expect a sensual Kizomba set to be followed by Venga Boys and Chart Music alongside Buena Vista Social Club.

The patrons here are as varied as the set list. One word of caution is to remember that not everyone who rocks up to Harry’s on a Thursday will know how to dance or even be aware its a Latin night.

If you’re at a loss to finding a partner, just shimmy whilst engaging in eye contact until someone comes over to you. Hopefully it won’t be a bouncer.


So if money was holding you back, you’ve got no excuse now. Just grab the change down the back of the sofa and mambo to your nearest free Salsa Social event in Newcastle!
All these events, and more are on the Newcastle Salsa Club TimeTable. I’ve even linked every venue to a Google Map location so your phone can give you directions.

Have fun, and always shimmy responsibly.

Adios Passing Clouds. Hola The Jolly Fisherman.

Sam & Nat

Sam & Nat’s Monday Salsa Party (consisting of lessons and a social as before) has now moved to a new venue which is The Jolly Fisherman – which is situated near the Millennium Bridge on the Quayside.

I shot an interview on my girlfriend’s shiny new smart phone (before she fills it with selfies). I had rocked up the venue with my camcorder, with a full battery but air where the memory card should have been (one job!).

You can watch the debut video interview here:

Watch this space for more gorilla filming and sassy posts about Salsa in the glittering metropolis of the north that is Newcastle! 

So you want to start your weekend on Thursday?

Are you at a loss for somewhere to go on a Thursday, with no option but to save yourself till Friday?

Sometimes I just wanted a place to let my (proverbial) hair down, drink a few cocktails and enjoy some music. I was enjoying the classes dotted around the city, but my favorite part of these events where the social hours at the end. Most notably, the free styling, reggae-ton and of course just kicking back and watching the other dancers.

I really do believe that dancers who attend classes, but not socials, are missing out on proving their chops in a live environment… as well as embracing the most fun aspect of the scene as well!

Whether you’ve been taking classes for a while, or you still think Salsa is something you stick doritos in, Latin social nights are really for everyone.

If you don’t know the steps, someone will show you. That’s if you want to. Many geordies just let the lager does its work on their inhibitions and break out their own choreography.

Harry’s Bar’s Salsa night starts at 2000. its free entry and has half price cocktails to boot.

Any other socials you’ve stumbled across? Or maybe you’re also a fan of this one?

Let me know in the comments!