Normally when you think of nightlife in Latin America, salsa dancing is the first thing that comes to mind. However, in Panama City, it can be difficult to uncover the salsa culture as reggaeton is the preferred genre of music. I did a bit of digging around and found that salsa lovers actually have a few places to go to. Some places offer lessons for beginners or advanced dancers wanting to finite their skills, while others have a live band to put what you learned into action.
Here are the best spots to go salsa dancing in Panama City, Panama.
El Tropicana Salsa Club
El Tropicana Salsa Club is one of the best spots for salsa right now. They feature a live orchestra with amazing shows that you can watch and participate in salsa dancing in between. On Saturdays at 5 pm they offer a Cuban style salsa class for $5.
Location: Star Bay Casino, View location on Google Maps
Talleres de Salsa Relax
Talleres de Salsa Relax meets every Thursday from 7pm – 10pm and is for all levels. They typically start with a warm up and then divide the groups into beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The cost is $5.
Location: Torres de Alba, View location on Google Maps
Every Tuesday and Thursday you can enjoy salsa lessons at the Majestic Casino at Megapolis. The class is for all levels and lasts from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm with a cost of $5. You can follow @salsafitnesspanama on Instagram for their latest updates.
Learn to dance salsa with an expert
Join local salsa expert Martha, where she will teach you all you need to know about how to dance salsa during a private group lesson and is one of the only classes that is English friendly. Sip on a welcome cocktail and enjoy the historic setting while you’re taught the timing & counting of salsa music, as well as the steps, to help you quickly master the basics & beyond. You will practice together for several songs, and learn some ‘pro tips‘ to add a little flair to your dancing! Your new skills will be put to the test while dancing the night away at a local rooftop bar!
Location: Casco Viejo, Book your spot here