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Salsa Chronicles: Salsa and Bachata Workshops in South Korea

Elizabeth Murphy


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One of the best ways to stay busy abroad and not feel occupied with feelings of homesickness is to delve yourself into a hobby. For me, that hobby is salsa dancing. I spend a lot of my free time at N.Y Salsa Academy. Only recently, I cut down my schedule from taking classes 6 days a week to 2 days a week because I needed a break. Going so often left no room (or energy) to go to socials to practice everything I’d been learning.  Shortening my schedule came right on time because this past weekend there was a very big salsa party in Daegu. I honestly can’t remember that last time I’ve danced so much! Here it is, the next day and my feet are still throbbing to congas no one can hear but myself.  The event was so big because a couple from Spain, Cristian and Gabriella, had come to give Sensual Bachata workshops and attend the party that would be held later that evening.  




The party and the workshops were held at Latin Pub Shine. Latin Shine pub is a pretty small place, so I was a bit concerned about how much space we’d have to dance. However, with N.Y Salsa Academy being right upstairs and that being opened for party space too, the location worked out just fine. The workshops were an hour long and ran from 3 PM to 9 PM.  They were given by people from different studios here in Korea. The day commenced with a workshop from Mulan on ladies styling from the academy I currently take lessons. So it was nice to see a familiar face in the lineup of instructors. Other instructors were Black Khan & Cumin, Sheek, and Daye and Do-you. Cristian and Gabriella closed the line up with 2 Sensual Bachata workshops


Yes, I was the only foreigner in all of these classes and no, I don’t speak Korean.  The only instructors that gave their class in English were Cristian and Gabriella. Taking a dance class in another language is not difficult at all. I am not special because I was able to follow along; it is something I feel everyone can do. The reason is you’re basically watching the instructor’s body movements to understand what you should be doing. Sure there were moments where the instructor was explaining parts of the movements with words, but even that could be understood to an extent without English being used.


Check out my latest video below for a breakdown of what each workshop was like for me.





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  • Salsa is fun. Sounds like you had a really good time!


  • This sounds like so much fun. I bet this was an experience you will never forget. I wanna tske some salsa classes soon. If I’m ever in Korea I definitely wanna go here.


  • That’s amazing! I totally wish I could do this. But I have no coordination when someone’s trying to show me something LOL


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