Originating in Jamaica in the late 1970s, dancehall is a popular style of music and dance that is reminiscent of reggae and roots, but yet has its own distinct style and feel. It has an amazing beat that will make you want to get up out of your chair and get moving. Because of this, dancehall has expanded past the Jamaican borders and has a global presence, including here in Barcelona. Here are some places where you can get a taste of the music and take a dancehall class.
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Ritmos Barcelona Escuela de Salsa
On Tuesdays from 9-10PM you can experience dancehall at Ritmos Barcelona, dance school that specializes in salsa and other international styles of dance. The classes are given by two teachers who are not only passionate about dance but love dancehall and introducing others to this vibrant style of song and dance. You will be exposed to the music, learn the basics, and discover what makes people fall in love with the irresistible dancehall beat! Address: Carrer de Morales, 21.
RITMIC BCN offers dancehall classes that teach the moves of the queens of dancehall music and dance, so the steps and routines are feminine in nature. The classes go beyond only learning the steps as you will learn about the culture and history of dancehall, too. This is the place to go if you want to immerse yourself in dancehall and go beyond the steps to find out about how important this style of dance is to Jamaica and its people. Address: Carrer de Vilamarí, 37.
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Así Se Baila
Así Se Baila is one of the most recognized names in Barcelona when it comes to dance classes because of their wide variety of classes, quality, and fun atmosphere. On Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 PM you can take part in their dancehall sessions which will teach you the steps to the latest songs and beats. This class is for everyone, so whether you’re an experienced dancer or trying it out for the first time, you’re welcome. Go to the dance school’s website and ask for your first free class today! Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 432
Bailongu offers dancehall three days a week that are split into different levels, so that you can get as much personalized attention as possible with the instructor at a level that you’re comfortable in. Sessions last 15 weeks, so by the end of your class you are sure to be moving and shaking like a pro. In addition to your classes, you can take advantage of special events like open dance nights where you can put your moves to the test. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for your first dancehall class and get moving! Address: Passatge d’Utset, 11-13.
*Main photo by Daniel Arauz via VisualHunt
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