While most people in the city finish off work and head home, there exists a clan of people in Pune who carry a secret stash with them wherever they go. A pair of beautiful, well cared for, pampered salsa heels! As the clock nears 7 PM, laptops are shut with a vengeance, notepads are shoved into desks and out from the various office buildings around Pune, emerge a glittering crew of the city’s salsa dancers! If you listen very, very closely, you will begin to hear the rhythmic chants of 1, 2, 3…5, 6, 7 …1, 2, 3…5, 6, 7….
Salsa has taken over the city by a storm! At almost every nook and cranny there are new dance schools opening and a hoard of Facebook profiles have emerged which cleverly intertwine the words ‘bachata’ and ‘salsa’ into ordinary names to cause well, a certain amount of confusion. But nevertheless, Pune has been gripped by a sudden dose of Latin fever and for all those who haven’t felt the rip tide yet, you’re definitely missing out!
Without further adieu, here’s a list of the city’s favourite salsa socials!
Go Latino by Sandip Soparrkar’s Dance Studio
When: Every Thursday, 9:30 PM onwards
Where: The Oak Lounge, Koregaon Park
One of Pune’s longest running socials, this is a guest list only event! No worries though, send a message on 7276582427 and get on the list. They play a mix of Salsa, Bachata, Samba, Cha Cha and Rumba, so make sure you’re ready for a night of some twirls, dips and sashays!
La Rumba by Furor Pune
When: Every Sunday, 9 PM onwards
Where: Classic Rock Coffee Co. India, Kalyani Nagar
Furor Pune goes all out to ensure that you have a great time on the dance floor! These socials often have themed nights with brilliant guest DJ’s. Ritika Pandey, one of Pune’s popular salsa dancers says, “They play the best music, alternating between DJs with DJ Av being the crowd favourite. Also, it starts early and ends on time making Monday mornings bearable!”
Check out more here.
Salsa and Bachata nights by Salsamania India
When: Every Tuesday, 9 PM
Where: BOOM Studio, Camp
Some of Pune’s smoothest social dancers have emerged from the studios of Salsamania India! With instructors trained by World Champions Jhon and Liz from San Francisco, this is one social that promises hoards of talent on the dance floor.
Follow them here.
Latin Verve Socials at AFK
When: Saturday, 9 PM onwards
Where: AFK, Nagar Road
Latin Verve Dance Company was started by Anuraag and Saumya two years ago and they’ve been setting many a dance floor on fire with their great technique and fluid chemistry!
Check out more here.
The Punekar suggests:
Latin Verve Dance Company and Salsamania India are organising ‘Latino Fever’ at AFK on 21st August! The incredible David Tima, who has flown in all the way from Paris, will be gracing the event with some killer Afro Cuban moves. Don’t miss it!