Where to dance salsa in Montreal: Titosalsabor and the Moka Social.
It has been nearly six months since I returned from Cuba and I was craving some intense dancing over the Thanksgiving weekend. Briefly I even considered going to the Timba con Casino festival in New York, but it was too much of a splurge.
I decided to head to Montreal. The Friday social at Titosalsabor had recently started up again in September, and I was excited to check it out.
Tito runs a Cuban dance school, but they also do a regular weekly social. Sometimes they also hosts concerts by local Cuban bands like ACAO. The party was AMAZING! It was almost entirely Timba, with just a few songs from other genres. Perhaps best of all, Tito played some son, and there were a few soneros on the dancefloor. Tito had a solid Cuban dance contingent; I will be back, and soon!
The dancing continued on Saturday. I checked out The Rueda Project (TRP) practice in the afternoon (see the next post to see more on TRP, what an amazing community of dancers!); I was really impressed.
After the practice, I rushed to the Saturday afternoon social at Moka. Another great spot for dancing. The majority is salsa dura (about 75%) interlaced with bachata and kizomba. The level is fairly high, and people dance both on1 and on2. The place was still very busy, considering the Canada Salsa Congress was taking place the same weekend, that was impressive!
Sunday late morning I came back to Ottawa, exhausted but with happy feet and a happy heart. I'd like to go back soon and bring some Ottawa peeps with me. Who is in?