Sakshi posted on 6th September

Socials To Free Sessions By The Lake: These Are The 8 Best Places To Learn Salsa In Kolkata

Get fired up at these salsa dancing classes. You’ll master shimmies and body rolls in no time, make new friends, and have bucket loads of fun.

Twist n Turns

Currently teaching salsa only in their salt lake branch, this one is especially for adults or older teens. Take part in their stage shows organized to help students get out of the cocoons and gain that much needed confidence. Find them online here.

Where: BF 115, Sector-1, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal 700064.

When: Sundays, 2PM – 3 PM.

Fees: INR 1,800 per month.

Contact: 9830028063.

Flash Fitness

Learn from who is known as the ‘Salsawala’ himself – Hitesh Teckchandani – the brain behind the ‘Hot Latin Thursdays’ and ‘salsa by the lakes’ that so many of the salsa-obsessed Kolkatans swear by! Classes are arranged into three month batches ranging from beginners to a series of improver levels.

His style of teaching is extremely student friendly and you can be sure of picking up the steps like never before! Find them online here.

Where: 6th Floor, 3 A, Camac St, Park Street area.

When: Tuesdays, 8 PM – 9:30 PM (beginners).

Fees: INR 6,000 for 3 months + GST. You can buy their class t-shirts for INR 799.

Contact: 098300 20888.

Santalys

They teach Salsa among other Latin American forms of Tango, Bachata and cha cha cha! A hub for performing arts, with a variety of gymnasium, music and dance classes, they also organise special classes for ladies and dance therapy. Find them on Facebook here.

Where: 162C/522A prince anwar shah road, Lake Gardens.

When: Sundays, 10 AM – 11 AM & Saturdays, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM.

Fees: INR 1,400 per month + 1,500 for admission.

Contact: 9830231422.

Peddro’s Salsateca

With the widest array of timing alternatives to choose from, PDST is spread across three branches. The founder and choreographer of various movies and theatre productions, Sudipta Kundu {Peddro} is well versed with not only Latin American dance forms, but also Kathak, Bharatnatyam and much more! Find them online here.

Where: 11/47, Jhil Road, New Land, Jadavpur, CK 43, Sector II, Salt Lake, South City International School, 375, Prince Anwar Shah Road.

When: They have many classes both on weekdays and weekends. Check out what suits you here.

Fees: INR 1,400 per month + INR 1,500 for admission.

Contact: 9007199986.

Vive La Salsa (VLS)

One of the best and the oldest in Kolkata’s Latin dance circuit, and led by, the extremely talented Aditya Upadhya and Shaneel Mukerji, the classes here are fun and easy to follow. Expect salsa club nights from time to time for brushing up those social dancing skills! Whether you’re a novice or want to learn further, they have different batches as per your needs. Find them on Facebook here.

Where: The VLS Workshop, 6 Bishop Lefroy Road.

When: Sundays, 4 PM – 6 PM or Mondays & Thursdays, 7 PM – 8 PM {beginners’ batch}.

Fees: INR 2,900 per month + 1,000 for admission.

Contact: 98362 72572.

Latin Soul Festa: Salsa Socials

Latin music, great deals at the bar and a workshop in the initial first 45 minutes! Head here with your salsa peeps if you’re looking for a weekend social! Find them on Facebook here.

Where: Celavi , 2 Dr Rajendra Rd, Jadubabur Bazar, Bhowanipur.

When: Saturdays, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM.

Contact: 098308 50001.

Pocket pinch: INR 300 including 200 cover per person.

Free Salsa In The Morning!

If you already love salsa, this is going to be your perfect Sunday morning wakeup call! Salsa on the streets every Sunday morning, and by the beautiful Sarobar Lake, head for chai afterwards with other salsa freaks like you and you have your day sorted.

This is also the perfect opportunity for those who want to explore whether salsa is their cup of tea. Join the gang to learn some basic steps from Kolkata’s ‘Salsawala’ Hitesh Teckchandani for no charge at all!

Where: The Lakes in Southern Avenue, enter from the gate opposite to Menoka Cinema.

When: Sunday mornings, 7:15 AM – 8:15 AM.

Pocket pinch: absolutely free!

Contact: 9830172572.

Hot Latin Thursdays (HLT)

Get a taste of Latin culture at these socials every Thursday night! Brush up basic skills, dance like no one’s watching, pose for happy pictures and meet lots of fellow salsa lovers! What’s even more fun is the quirky themes and surprises these guys have in store for you week on week! Find them on Facebook here.

Where: Virgose, HHI Hotel.

When: Thursdays, 7PM – 11:30PM

Contact: 098301 72572.