Barcelona ballroom dancing: Where to dance Tango in Barcelona Part 1/3

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Whoever wants to dance Tango, or Salsa, or anything else in Barcelona has only too much to choose from! I am not talking about clubs or discos but about this particular, elegant and incredibly rich ballroom dancing culture that has been passed on for generations, and especially Tango, Salsa, Flamenco and all other Latin dances. If you want to unveil the real nature of Latin culture, you’ll have to look at it through the dance window as well.

As a big Latin dance fan, I went on the hunt for hidden ballroom dancing places in Barcelona especially for you! My first prey was Barcelona milongas, or hidden Barcelona Tango cafés. After some research on the Internet, I realized that Barcelona Tango was big! Not only has the City of Barcelona organized yearly Tango festivals since 2004, but there’s also at least one milonga going on in Barcelona every night, usually starting around 10pm and lasting until 1am, if not later. Entries to the enchanted Barcelona Tango world are quite cheap also, starting from €4.


Milonga Maldita Mondays and Tuesdays, 10.30pm to 1am Pipa Club Pza. Reial 3,1st Floor
Milonga Vintage Tuesdays, 10.00pm to 1.30am. c/Fusina 7
Milonga Tango Gotan Wednesdays, 10pm to 1.am c/Elkano 67
Casa de Valencia Thurdays, 10pm to 1am. c/Córcega 335
Desde el Alma Milonga Fridays, 10pm to 3am. c/Zamora 103-105, 1º
Milonga El Desbande Fridays, 11pm to 2am. c/Mare de Déu dels Desamparats 5,2º
Milonga Media Luna 2d and 4th Fridays of the month, 11pm to 3am. c/Gran Vía 432 bajos
La Pantera Rosa Saturdays, 10.30pm to 2am. c/ Berga 34
La Ravalera 1st Saturday of the month, 11.00pm to 3am. Nou de la Rambla 42 entr. der.
Milonga del Angel Sundays, 7.30pm to 11.00pm. c/Verdi 98
Milonga Gratalonga Sundays, 6.30pm to 10pm. Centre Cívic Barceloneta c/Conreria 1-9
Milonga de Josep y Teresa Sundays, 7pm to Midnight. Avda. Meridiana 97
Milonga Media Luz Sundays, 10.30pm to 1am. c/Mare de Déu dels Desamparats 5,2º

 

So I rushed to the first Barcelona Tango milonga I could attend in person. It was the so called Milonga Maldita (or Cursed Milonga), starting on a Monday at 10.30 pm at the Pipa Club. Now let me take you with me for this first visit. First of all, the Barcelona Pipa Club is not easy to find. Overlooking Plaça Reial, it has been known only by privileged cigar and pipe smokers for decades, lounging in red leather armchairs while reading newspapers, comfortably hidden in a Victorian style six-room apartment.

 

Nowadays, the Barcelona Pipa Club turns into a jazz bar at night, except on Mondays and Tuesdays when it is dedicated to Barcelona Tango. To prevent any bad surprise, it is better to call the organizers each time but be careful: some of them speak only Spanish! Ring the bell at the door at 3, Plaça Reial and go upstairs to be welcomed by Sherlock Holmes’ portrait. You’ll find every kind of dancer in the Milonga Maldita, all under the Barcelona and Tango spells, a double curse that is not easy to bear unless you you can somehow visit every Barcelona milonga!

There was a bit of that special Argentinian milonga atmosphere trapped in the low lights and red reflects in the smoky Pipa Club. As a shy beginner, I just sat down in the cosy room and observed the possessed couples twirling around endlessly, until a dark gentleman slightly bowed in front of me, held his hand out to me and threw me into Barcelona Tango magic.

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Next stop: Salsa in Barcelona!

Yours!

A.

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Submitted on Thursday, February 25th, 2010 at 5:46 pm


  • zx

    hey, i'm going to stay in Barcelona for a few months soon, and I'm looking for standard ballroom lessons in Barcelona (i currently dance back home and I want to continue over there!) I'm talking about standard ballroom, meaning waltz, quickstep, etc. Do you have any idea if these are available?

    Would be of great help! Thanks :)

  • http://www.SuiteLife.es/ SuiteLife

    Hello!
    There are many standard dance lessons throughout Barcelona, but according to me, the best school is Asi se Baila (http://www.asisebaila.com/). This school is very central (on Gran Via les Cortes) and offers everything, including what they call Bailes de Salon Standard (and I guess it counts Waltz in).
    Hope you'll enjoy it and welcome to BCN!

  • zx

    hey, i'm going to stay in Barcelona for a few months soon, and I'm looking for standard ballroom lessons in Barcelona (i currently dance back home and I want to continue over there!) I'm talking about standard ballroom, meaning waltz, quickstep, etc. Do you have any idea if these are available?

    Would be of great help! Thanks :)

  • http://www.SuiteLife.es/ SuiteLife

    Hello!
    There are many standard dance lessons throughout Barcelona, but according to me, the best school is Asi se Baila (http://www.asisebaila.com/). This school is very central (on Gran Via les Cortes) and offers everything, including what they call Bailes de Salon Standard (and I guess it counts Waltz in).
    Hope you'll enjoy it and welcome to BCN!

  • Tania griffiths

    Do you know of any samesex ballroom dancing studios in Barcelona?
    Samesex ballroom dancing is very big in Europe, unlike australia were we have only a small number of passionate dancers.
    My partner and I would love to have a tango lesson in Barcelona!!
    Thanks Tania