El Suave: A More Spacious Place to Go Salsa Dancing

El Suave is a three-level salsa club on Calle Colombia, just east of Carrera 70.

Travelocity’s Let’s Roam Colombia

Let’s Roam Colombia is a series of web videos from Courtney Scott’s visit to the country in 2013. Episodes include Medellin, Cartagena, Salento and Bogota.

Santo Baile: Best Place to Learn Colombian Style Salsa in Medellin

Dave’s experience learning Colombian style salsa at Santo Baile, a dance studio in the upscale Poblado neighborhood of Medellin.

Palmahia Discoteca: Willie Colón in Concert

Palmahia Discoteca is a concert venue and club located in Itagui. This is my experience attending a concert by salsa legend Willie Colon.

La Pantera Rosa y Su Mambo

This song is one of my favorites from dance class, and it just so happened to be the song I last danced to before my salsa teacher, Yamile, left Medellin for London a few weeks ago.

Salsa Dancing at Son Havana

In the last few weeks, I’ve been salsa dancing at Son Havana twice, and both times were a lot of fun. It’s now my favorite venue in Medellin, Colombia.

Feria de Cali: Celebration, Salsa and So Much More

CALI — Giuseppe got overzealous with the spray foam. He hit a little kid in the face. He felt bad and apologized. He didn’t realize revenge was coming. The caleñito, no more than 7 or 8 years old, eventually swiped the canister from Giuseppe’s hands and let him have it. A few moments later, Giuseppe […]

Quimbara – Celia Cruz and The Fania All Stars

I haven’t listend to as much of Celia Cruz as the other old school favorites, though I’ve no doubt heard songs like Quimbara many times while out dancing in the salsa clubs.

Son Havana: Cuban-Flavored Salsa in Colombia

The place was on my list, a club I planned to visit in the future, one of those I’ll-get-there-soon venues, soon being relative, of course. “Soon” for Son Havana came quicker than I expected. It was one of my last nights in town before I was to depart on The Great Adventure (more on that […]

Ah Ah Oh No – Hector Lavoe

Last month I saw El Cantante, the Hector Lavoe biopic starring Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, for the first time. While the critics’ reviews were mixed, I enjoyed it, and the soundtrack was excellent. I became aware of a bunch of salsa classics, and gained an appreciation for his music. Hector Lavoe is from Puerto […]