TLDR? Dance Free is the best place to take dance classes in Medellin.
One major part of Colombian culture is dance classes and dancing. That’s true regardless of whether you’re dancing bachata, salsa, reggaeton, or something else.
So, what better thing to do in Medellin than learn to dance?
With these dance classes in Medellin, you’ll be dancing like a paisa in no time!
So, are you ready to get started dancing the night away? Let’s take a look at some of the top places to take dance classes in Medellin.
1. Dance Free
Dance Free, like many other salsa academies around Medellin, is conveniently located in the El Poblado neighborhood. In fact, it’s located pretty close to some of Casacol’s Provenza properties.
Now, what’s really special about Dance Free is that it’s way more than a dance school. This is a multi-national academy that provides language exchange opportunities. So, if you’re looking to learn a little Spanish, this is a great way to do so while having fun!
Better yet, the language exchange meetups are completely free! You can join and get together with friends for dancing without having to pay a penny.
On the other hand, if you’re interested in private classes, that’s an option too. Dance Free doesn’t offer paid group classes (just their free social dances), but they do offer private classes for groups of 1-10 students.
In terms of what classes are offered, you can learn:
That’s not even mentioning the different styles of dance. You can select styles of salsa and bachata depending on what method you want to learn (Cali, Colombian, LA, New Orleans, etc).
Yes, the name of this school really is called Salsa Classes Medellin.
This salsa school is at the top of our list because it’s curated for foreigners. What does that mean?
It means international instructors who tailor their classes to those who are new to the city. They offer classes in both English and Spanish, making it easier than ever to learn salsa if you’re new to the city!
This school does focus almost exclusively on salsa, however, so if you’re wanting to learn other styles of dance you’re out of luck. The dance styles you can learn here include:
Aside from offering super-focused classes, the school also has various locations. You’ll find them situated in both Laureles and Poblado, so it’s convenient no matter where you’re staying!
Plus, they offer both group and private classes. If you want to really hone in on your skills, just join one of the private classes so that you can wow the crowd during group lessons!
Although it might seem strange to go to Colombia and learn Cuban dances, it actually makes sense! Many Latin American countries share similar dance styles such as salsa, bachata, and merengue.
What you’ll find, however, is that the style is slightly different. In my opinion. Cuban-style salsa tends to be a little sexier.
The good news is that this school doesn’t just teach Cuban styles. You can also learn other types of dance.
The group and private classes offered at this school are:
Salsa for beginners
Basic casino (Cuban style) salsa
Basic LA style salsa
Although private classes are offered at higher levels, all the group classes are introductory. That makes them great choices for foreigners who are just dipping their toes into the world of Latin American dance!
You’ll find this dance school located conveniently in the Laureles sector of Medellin. That makes it convenient for guests who are staying in Casacol’s properties throughout the area!
Sabor y Mas is hosted at one of our favorite spots in town (that even features a super snazzy rooftop bar), Los Patios.
This school focuses mainly on salsa, bachata, kizomba, and reggaeton. They offer almost exclusively private classes, although you can bring a partner and other friends if you like (just prepare to pay for each person).
Interestingly enough, the classes aren’t actually that much more expensive than group classes at some of the other schools. Plus, you get a discount if you go with a partner!
Another great feature of this dance school is that they organize regular social events. Once you get the hang of dancing you can venture out to dance socials and other events where you can put your skills to work.
Danzaestudio is another dance school that provides the perfect place for you to start exploring the wonderful world of Latin dance. And, in fact, they give you the chance to make forrays into other styles of dance, too.
The classes offered at Danzaestudio include:
Ballet for adults
Ballet for dancers
Latin dance (a mix of salsa, bachata, and merengue)
Yoga for men
I love that this dance studio features yoga for men. You can only take this class if you’re a guy, which is a really nice thing for anyone who’s sick of the female-dominated dance and yoga classes.
You’ll also notice that the majority of the dances offered at this studio are more formal dances. The owners of the academy have a ballet background, which is why you’ll find some of the more Western styles as well as traditional Latin dance.
Aside from their classes, Danzaestudio offers dance events from time to time. And, they run special programs for pregnant women and elderly adults.
Solo Ritmos is another Laureles dance studio that’s worth mentioning. Considering the fact that most dance schools are located around Poblado (and Provenza specifically), it’s always nice to find a studio that caters to the other side of town.
The only real downside to this dance academy is that they don’t offer social events. They’re purely focused on group and private classes.
Solo Ritmos offers an enormous list of dances. To make sure I’m doing it justice, I’ve broken their classes down into multiple sections
Tropical styles are the kinds of dances you’ll typically think of when you think of Latin rhythms. The classes Solo Ritmos offers are:
If you want less of a party-style dance and are more interested in formal dances, you can check out the ballroom style of dance. Solo Ritmos’ ballroom styles include:
Tango (Milonga and Pasodoble)
Now we get into some of the edgier styles of dance. For those who are wanting to learn dances designed for the club (or just for working out), Solo Ritmos offers:
There are a couple of other styles that are offered by Solo Ritmos but that don’t really fit in the above categories. These include:
Rock and Roll
Despite the countless types of dance offered at Solo Ritmos, the school’s real crown jewel classes are their salsa classes. This academy offers the following salsa styles:
No matter what type of salsa has got you intrigued, you’ll be able to find it at Solo Ritmos.