Salsa > top US cities for salsa?

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by bailarina, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. tj

    tj New Member

    If bailarina complains, I can split it. :wink:
  2. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    That was not the point-- was showing a comparative analysis in pop.against a declaritive statement .---- do you understand that ??

    And have taught in enough major cities to be more than aware, the lack of support and or knowledge, of the latino pop. in general ,about much of the indigenous music, and dance ,from which the genre hails .
  3. bailarina

    bailarina New Member

    US cities

    This is all good stuff... and i'm not a micromanager, so say what you like:

    The reason I ask is that I am probably going to be job hunting/interviewing and it's not the best question during the interview "how's the salsa scene here".

    10 is a completely arbitrary number.....

    and "top" is completely subjective. But I figured if it's good it's good and someone will give a shout out about it.

    There are probably a lot of smaller cities that are good dance scenes but people just don't know about it.
  4. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    ----- Yes it is :rolleyes::rolleyes:
  5. Vin

    Vin New Member

    I am in the same boat in that I am looking for new jobs. When I moved to PR I did so with the thought "It's PR, it has to have a great salsa scene" Unfortunately I have found that I don't mesh well with the scene here. If I did mesh well with the scene here I would probably never leave.

    I strongly suggest that before you take any position you go visit and go out dancing once or twice because it is not just about how great the salsa scene is but also whether you can mesh well with it.

    Some scenes may be great but do to some circumstances outside your control may not be a right fit for you.
  6. bailarina

    bailarina New Member

    top cities.

    great point. And from that perspective 'friendly to newcomers' is definitely an influencing factor. And/or one in which many people are transient & traveling through.
  7. Vin

    Vin New Member

    Friendly to newcomers can be a misleading criteria. It depends on your dance habits. If you are going out dancing 2-3 nights a week then eventually the scene will warm up to you. In my case I live far enough away from the scene where going dancing every week is just a little too much travel.

    Basically what I am saying, if the scene is otherwise good and you are close enough to go out enough to become a regular than eventually it will be a friendly scene for you.

    If you are going to have to drive far for the scene than friendliness of the scene is much more important.

    For example, NYC is a scene that I have found to be very friendly every time I go. Sure there are women that say no when I ask them to dance but enough say yes and are open to newcomers that a trip is always worthwhile.
  8. tj

    tj New Member

    You both need to pick somewhere good so that I can come visit! :raisebro:
  9. delamusica

    delamusica Active Member

    I go salsa dancing maybe once a month, maybe twice, sometimes none, and I have always had a great time and no shortage of dances in Denver, CO and Columbus, OH.

    These are the only two places I've salsa-ed, so I don't have a lot of perspective. But while neither scene is particularly large, both have been extremely welcoming.
  10. Interesting thread!

    Well, I guess the ranking criteria of each and everyone of us are very subjective, as are mine. I rank the salsa scene by the quality of the music, the ambiente and by opportunities of great live concerts (= great music, falls basically into the same category). When my husband and I like the music, we have a great time and dance a lot. So for me it is more important that HE likes the music = he dances a lot! We have the same music taste so when he likes it, I definitely like it. We both love Puerto Rican salsa and reggeatón makes us sick.

    When in addition the ambiente is (very) "Latino" and there are good dancers around us, we enjoy it even more.

    My ranking is:
    1. Puerto Rico
    2. Orlando, FL, great!
    3. Miami (only limited experience)

    In PR and Orlando (and I bet also in Tampa) one can see so many of the best salsa live concerts, it is just outstanding! This year (in Orlando and Jacksonville alone) we saw Tito Nieves, The Big 3 Palladium Orchestra, the Tommy Olivencia Orchestra (La Primerisima) with 7 of his former singers, e.g. Hector Tricoche and Lalo Rogdriguez; Tony Vega, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Ray de la Paz, Rafael de Jesús, Tribute to Hector Lavoe, next Friday hopefully Ray de la Paz again (I love him!) and next Saturday Tito Rojas, Lefty Perez, David Pabón and Paquito Acosta, in November Grupo Niche, NG2, La Sonora Ponceña and so the list goes on....
    Also the ambiente is very Puertorrican in Orlando, you feel like being in Puerto Rico, 98% of the scene are Latinos, hardly any "gringos" like me.

    In PR one sees better, more sophisticated dancers with more sabor!

    Unfortunately, I do not know the Tampa scene yet but when seeing all the many clubs listed on the Internet, I get itchy and want to check it out badly! Any tips, tangotime? We will spend one night in Tampa probably on Wednesday, 23 Nov. (before Thanksgiving) and would like to check it out.

    Here in the US I have been to NYC (that was over 10 years ago and I went out only twice), DC (last year, to 2 live concerts: El Gran Combo and I Love Salsa) and had a good time but I cannot rate those places based on my very limited experience.
    I have also been to the Mayan in LA but apparently the "wrong" night for salsa, did not enjoy it and did neither see any good dancers nor have any good dances, disappointing. Have been to Houston, Dallas and New Orleans in 1995, then the scenes in those cities were not to my taste, they were very small and not great, not much salsa, the scene in Dallas was definitely better than in Houston and New Orleans, but that is long, long ago. Know the scene in Hampton Roads (lived there for 10 months), VA, did not like it at all and stopped going out. The scene here in Jacksonville, FL, is not great, either, but Orlando is not far and we are having a ball.
  11. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    There is a club on Dale Mabry ( the name escapes me, about 3 miles past the stadium ), that has a Wed. nite. Its % 99.9 latino. It can get pretty packed and the floor is a tad small. You can park yourself or valet . Best time to get there is about 9.45 . Ybor city has clubs, but its muy tourista .
  12. Vin

    Vin New Member

    Sorry, Statistics really isn't my bag baby . . . I am more of a logician. TJ made a statement. You stated it was false and used a statistic to back up your argument. I am saying your statistic and TJ's statement are not necessarily correlated.

    We all have preferences, I personally find that I enjoy a more diverse salsa scene than 99% Latino, nothing against Latino's(I am Latino even). I find that more diversity in the scene leads to more enjoyment for me. If the scene was 99% gringo I would not like it either.

    In any case, if the scene were 99% women, I guess I could learn to live with a homogenous scene.
  13. borikensalsero

    borikensalsero Moderator

    The PR scene is jumping. The difficulties are finding a person who knows the scene. The island is small, a knowledgeable PR salsero can tell you where and when to find a happening spot. You must be willing to drive, though. Last time I visited the island I found Salsa music and dancers in Santurce, Carolina, Caguas, Vega Baja, Isabella, Añasco (my home town), Moca, Ponce. I saw Wille Rosario, La Sonora Ponceña, El Gran Combo, Cano Estremera, numerous cover bands, for a grand price of $5 bucks; the admittance to one club (Havana in Santurce).

    Word of mouth mostly, I arrive, attend a venue frequented by dancers on thursday nights in my hometown, by the time the night is over, the feuding local troupes inform me of the latest gossip and venues to visit while in the island. They've remained constant through the years: Havana in Santurce, Black Jack in Isabela, La Plazita en santurce, Loiza ( though mainly to socialize, maybe a steamy dance if music is right), this one spot on the second floor in the town of Caguas in a seemingly abandoned building where dancers arrive a 3AM and go until 11am (after hours). Last I heard it was still going on, but this was about a year and half ago. I used to date a young girl whose cousin was considered the latest dancing sensation in the island. They used to take me from club to club. Eat dinner at around 7PM, drive 2 hours to a venue (usually el gran combo, bobby valentin, or sonora ponceña were playing) where island wide dancers agreed to attend, at around midnight, in caravans of hormones and testosterone, drive back 2 hours to someone’s house, shower, change clothes and head back out to after-hours salsa parties.

    The upper hand in the US is that folks actually use the internet and inform each other of venues. Imagine coming to NY, where everyone night there is place to dance, yet you know no one, have no resources to find a place, and never even run into some who dances at a regular latin club. How would your perspective on New York change based on those experiences?
  14. bailarina

    bailarina New Member


    Thanks for the info -- any idea if there is anything going on in Tallahassee?
  15. I have never been to Tallahassee but I found this:

    It does not look like there is much going on in Tallahassee when it comes to salsa. I think the Panhandle is the part of Florida with the least Latin music. I heard a lady calling our Latin radio stadion say that she lived in that part and that she was so grateful to be able to listen to this station as they had nothing where they lived.
  16. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    I coached there for many yrs-- as I re call, there was a latin nite on Thurs ?
  17. Big10

    Big10 Member

    "Long ago," indeed! Twelve years is virtually an eternity in any music/dancing/club scene, and I assure you that things are much different in Houston now. It wouldn't surprise me if the Houston area has gained literally a million more people over that time period, including many folks from a wide variety of Latin-American countries -- thus expanding the "base" for a number of venues playing Latin music.

    There are certainly some good dancers in Dallas and New Orleans, but Houston's overall Salsa "scene" has surpassed them both, and it's not even close, by the criteria I listed earlier in this thread.
  18. Big10,
    I heard it from a (Colombian) friend of a friend who lives in Houston that the Houston scene is big and good now, no comparison to 1995 (ages ago in salsa terms). At that time the scene was underdeveloped or non existent in most places.
  19. dancin/dj

    dancin/dj Member

    i can speak about rome and milan from first hand experiance, i "ve dance in both citys & and have friends in both places, they all do salsa and i danced at some of the cool spots. i like the scene there, different styles in rome &milan, from what i've seen
    & experianced there just as good as we are here , every kind of level of dancers, from reallllllllllllllly good to ahhhhh ok, my friend enzo from the milan area ,dances excellent salsa, a few gals i know in rome, they can dance con mucho sabor,parco roselli-il tropical is way cool in rome.. if you want i'll write it in italian, nah i dont want to get in trouble,lol.
  20. tj

    tj New Member

    I hear Rome calling out to vin... ;)

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