Valencia: A City Where You Can Dance Like No One Is Watching!
For the past two years, Valencia has been voted the healthiest city in the world. Alongside the good weather, Mediterranean diet, and lower cost of living, the city also benefits from accessibility to fitness classes. When walking through the old river bed, now known as Turia Park, on a Saturday morning you will find yourself surrounded by joggers and cyclists going past numerous dance classes. Such as Baila Con Cameron and Kevin y Lucia Bachata which are both situated near the Alameda metro station, or if you don’t want to rely on good weather you can take classes at La Escuela de Ruzafa.
Kevin and Lucia offer group classes for different levels in Turia Park as well as a workshop in Marbella The Latin Club. The crowds attending the classes are very international so the classes are done in English and Spanish. When taking part in the class I was amazed at how we started with the basic side-to-side steps and ended up with an entire dance routine, all within an hour!
With the bachata class being mainly made up of a younger crowd of Erasmus students, Baila Con Cameron is a class for all ages! In fact, Cameron does a special Flamingo class for children as well as Musical Theatre classes for various ages. The classes take place in a studio or in Turia Park. A fun dance class I would recommend is Disco Fit where you can shake your booty and twirl around like a dancing queen to the music of Cher and Whitney Houston (amongst others). While Cameron provides professional Ballet, Musical Theatre, and Broadway Jazz classes, Disco Fit is perfect for people like me who love to dance but sadly lack the rhythm to do it properly.
If you want to dance alongside locals and have some Spanish under your belt, La Escuela de Ruzafa has a variety of classes in their small and friendly school in Ruzafa. As well as their Theatre and Yoga classes, they also provide 12 styles of dance class at various levels. From Salsa to African Dance to Hip Hop and Contemporary, there’s something for everyone! I had the pleasure of joining their Vogue class, which is a style that evolved from the LGBTQ+ Harlem ballroom scene of 1960s New York. The class has dedicated students and a passionate teacher who is the first house mother of a Vogue House in Valencia (a family-like structure dedicated to performing in balls). If you want a class where you are encouraged to dance with confidence, attitude, and personality, I recommend giving Vogue a try!
What I enjoyed about all of the above is the sense of community these dance classes provide, where you can meet new people and form friendships. It has also been beautiful to see many dance classes throughout Valencia hold ‘Dance to Donate’ events to raise money for Ukraine.
24/7 Valencia Tip: In order to find a variety of classes available to you use the Moovv App! It is an application that allows browsing through classes available in your area and it allows you to pre-pay for them (useful for those of us who never carry cash on us)!
BAILA CON CAMERON
KEVIN Y LUCIA BACHATA
LA ESCUELA DE RUZAFA
Phone: +34 960 280 385, +34 640 317 299
Address: La Escuela, C/ Denia, 32, 46006 Valencia
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 17:30-21:30
Report by Nicole Maka-Sprawa and Julia McGee-Russell
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Photo copyright Julia McGee-Russell / ’24/7 Valencia’