Get a listing of dance studios and parties. What’s the most important detail about the dance scene in electric Miami? Where to go on the beach, how much will you spend, how late do the nights go, how Miami dancers dress where can I dance to some excellent, live Cuban music? Our FAQ’s get at the heart of what you should know about Miami to move around like an expert – and on your budget!
Q: What is the most important thing I should know about the Miami dance scene?
A: The dance clubs change and cancel very frequently in Miami.
Let’s pause for a second to talk about how dance academies events are the exception. Like many studios around the world, if they advertise an event, their loyal students and friends are usually arranging their social calendar around their night to support their local academy and to dance with seasoned dancers. But dance clubs and bars in Miami are a different story.
Within a few months, a social night might be cancelled or on a temporary moratorium. Serious dancers constantly research and check to verify that a night they are planning to attend is still “on” before taking the trip out to the dance club. Search engines are not good tools to find social dance clubs in Miami because they are inevitably outdated.
Q: Where can I go to dance in Miami Beach?
We get this question about dance parties mostly from visitors to Miami who are looking for the little piece of paradise on U.S. soil; from South Beach, Miami Beach, Mid Beach, North Beach. We love that they want to be able to boast that they “shook it” on the Miami dance scene and we welcome dancers on the dance floor!
You’ll get to see Miami dancers at the spots mentioned below, but if it happens to be another day that you want to go out, between a bus ride and ridesharing you can get to some of the farther places listed on our calendar.
A: On South Beach itself, you will only find a couple of events:
All other sites recommend exclusive clubs that play commercial music in South Beach. Mangos is often cited for offering a highly entertaining Miami small stage-meets-Las Vegas show, which is a ton of fun for the general audience.
As SalsaSpots, however we list two spots for the die-hard dancer:
Reef Beach Bar
2701 Collins Ave. Miami Beach
9:00pm Ivo Vieira teaches Brazilian Zouk
10:00pm Social dancing (80% Brazilian Zouk)
Open Air Tango
4th Wednesday of every month
Corner of Lincoln and Jefferson Road in South Beach pedestrian zone
7:00pm Free Tango class by an excellent performer, Lorena Diez
8:00pm Milonga (Traditional & Milonga, rarely any NeoTango music)
Salsa Central Dance Studio
Bachata & Salsa classes Monday – Friday
Saturdays for private classes only
930 Washington Ave #210, Miami Beach
$15 per class
Discounts for pre-paid class packages
All of these locations above are easily to get to on the free trolley service but their limited hours means you’ll probably have to pay for a bus or rideshare to return home.
A: Nearby in trendy Brickell, downtown Miami…
Just across the causeway from South Beach, dancers can find a couple more options on the mainland.
Sensuality Thursdays at the Rooftop
Euro Langford Hotel
121 SE 1st Street, Downtown Miami
9:30pm Bachata Sensual
Music = Mostly Bachata & Salsa, with the occasional Kizomba (request the DJ)
$18 at the door for one class, but discounts for multiple classes and deep discounts for prepaid packages
Free social night
Q: Where can I go to dance Cuban / Casino or Timba? Is this the main style in Miami?
A: Each venue focuses on either Cuban or Puerto Rican/New York style Salsa, but it’s not exclusive.
Ball & Chain on the famous Calle Ocho has amazing, unbelievably energetic bands that play almost exclusively Cuban music. Their sounds fill the room and the reverberation make everyone dance, no matter your nationality, hobbies, creed, or even if you do a full stop at the roundabout when there are no cars coming.
Of course, the Cuban music mostly attracts Cuban / Casino style dancers, but the energy is so positive and the music so insatiable that LA/On2 dancers want to feed off of that, as well! During the band’s breaks, a DJ will often play a mix of music.
Little Havana, where Ball & Chain is situated, is contiguous to Brickell and they, too, have a free trolley but note the limited hours.
Little Havana has Cuban excellent music bands playing all over, but serious dancers don’t go to those other spots since they are usually too small or don’t cater to dancers.
For the most part all other Salsa venues in Miami or academy events play mostly Puerto Rican / New York style music, with hearty sets of Cuban music and, finally, some sets of Bachata thrown in.
Q: How much will a social night out of dancing cost me in Miami?
A: On the cheap: $20 – $40
Fab, Miami-style: $50 – $100
Rideshare: $6 for a 10-minute ride, and roughly $20-$35 for places that are half an hour to 40 minutes away.
Parking: $4 per hour in very touristy areas like South Beach, usually at about $20 for a parking garage
$2 per hour in less touristy areas
Most dance clubs do not have their own parking lots
Bus: Buy a card in advance to save money. Or pay $2.25 each way, but there are no “free transfers,” so every time you get on a new bus you must pay $2.25 again. Try using the free trolley system and filling in the gaps with busses or rideshares.
Entrance: $15-$20 for events at a dance academy
Commercial places do not usually charge a cover, but consumption is expected
Cocktails: $15 – $25 in touristy areas (Little Havana, Brickell, South Beach, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, etc.)
$7 – $15 in most other areas
Q: How late do the nights go out to?
A: 11:30 – 2:00am
The dancefloor is usually pretty empty until 11:30. On a late night, dancers start heading home around 2:00am, since most venues close soon thereafter. Even later nights only go until 3:00am, maybe 3:30am at the latest the last person leaves.
Q: How do dancers dress in Miami for a social night?
A: Dress to impress.
Relatively speaking, Miamians are good-looking, fit, and like to dress up. You can’t generalize to everyone, but if you’re considering wearing sneakers and a tank top, you’ll likely feel underdressed.
Guys: Men are a bit more relaxed, but shorts are an absolute no-no. Cologne and deodorant are a must. For our sake, please. Your shirt clinging to the bottom of your chest is Miami humidity, so bring an extra t-shirt to change into during the night.
Girls: Most women pay special attention to their hair, makeup. Some wear pants or jeans and a nice, sexy shirt but at least half, if not the majority, go “all out” in a cocktail dress. Bring some flip flops to walk to your transport at the end of a long, fun night of dancing.
Q: How can I find out about socials in dance academies in Miami?
A: Bookmark our calendar and filter by “Miami”
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