Dancing Salsa, Bachata & Merengue in Madrid

Best Madrid events are inseparable from reggaeton and some hot Latin moves. Find out more about three typical dances from the Caribbean – Salsa, Bachata & Merengue in Madrid by learning how to dance it together with other international people and experienced instructors!



The Bachata is a dancing style which originates from the Dominican Republic and doesn’t have exact guidelines. The dance has three different styles, namely: Dominican style, Antillean, and dance school style. The most adopted style in Europe is the dance school style, which creates less distance between the dancers and doesn’t have the most difficult moves and the quick footwork. Couples in Bachata dancing mostly consist of man and women dancing together, but on some occasions, women get paired up together as well.



Salsa is a dance which originates from the Caribbean area but had its largest development in Cuba. Salsa is closely related to Mambo dancing and thanks to its name to the people of New York. The name evolved from the variety of the music that it was danced to, therefore the Salsa dance is difficult to define as just one dance. Within the Salsa dancing, the emphasis is on the movements within the dance, instead of being a static form of dancing. As well as Bachata, there are multiple styles of dancing because of the large influence of other Latin American countries. Both dances have developed in not one, but multiple countries and therefore both changed significantly in every area.



The final style of dance is the Merengue. This style of dancing also originates from the Dominican Republic and has a higher tempo than its brother Bachata. Merengue is also seen as a dance with an easier basic moves system as the Salsa, but only a bit quicker. The Merengue is also the national dance of the Dominican Republic and even for a small bit of Haiti. The origin of merengue is closely related to the slavery of African slaves in the area. The slaves used to bring their percussion instrument and this got mixed with the Latin-American culture later on. One story about the origin of merengue is that slaves were chained together and dragged one foot behind whilst cutting the sugar on the farming lands. The biggest similarities between the dances lie within its origin in the Caribbean islands, and it is influenced mostly by Latin American countries to transform into what it is now.

Dancing is one of those things which can get people to do things together without talking to each other or even understanding one another. And this is also a great way to find out more about a countries culture and history. Most Latin-American can be defined as countries of passion and this is what you can trace back into their dancing Salsa, Bachata & Merengue in Madrid as well.


Meet & Dance – Learn the Basics of Salsa, Bachata & Merengue

At the Meet & Dance, we will be showing you these dances and trying to tell you the story of those beautiful dances of Salsa, Bachata & Merengue in Madrid. One of the dance instructors is a native to the area where the dances originated from and this will give you the opportunity to learn it from an expert. The event has a large attraction to international students from all over the world. Therefore, this party is a perfect way to get in touch with people from all over the globe throughout the dance. There is the availability of drinks at the bars to cool yourself down in case it becomes intense and hot during the classes.

If you are up for a party after feeling like a Latino dancing god, there will be a party named Fucking Monday in the same venue. This is one of the largest international student’s parties in Madrid, and every week it attracts a lot of foreign and domestic students. When you enter the Meet & Dance, you will be able to stay for free and use your newly taught dance moves all night long.

Start dancing Salsa, Bachata & Merengue in Madrid and then rule the rest of the world with your marvelous dance moves! Entry for the Meet & Dance is 5€ which includes a drink and the classes itself, or there will be free entry with the City Card. You’ll find the salsa at Sala Cool from 22.00-23.30.


– Yannick