*Updated 4th December 2020*
Finding social dance parties is something that local dancers don’t even think about because their dance friends will keep them posted but beginners entering the scene for the first time and visitors from abroad struggle with. Therefore I decided to put together a blog post to help you find the best Latin American social dance parties in Tallinn.
I’ve been in the dance community since 2016 and the information about parties has almost always been on Facebook – pretty much every social will have a Facebook event. I’ll start with a short paragraph about different dance styles and then give a list of of links to dance studio pages and Facebook groups to check for upcoming parties.
The local zouk scene is still tiny, however Euphoria dance studio , being the only dance school in Tallinn teaching this style, does organise Zouk Jam’s from time to time. They are practice parties, meaning they are held in the studio and you can go there to practice whatever moves you have learned in class. Sometimes they have people coming from other nearby cities as well. Bigger parties have usually happened during workshop weekends when lots of people are in town to take classes. (If you have never seen brazilian zouk before, I have an introductory blog post with a video playlist of best zouk demos, it’s one my favourite dance styles!)
A new and immediately super popular Bachata Studio Tallinn was opened at the end of 2020, being one of the most active bachata centers at the moment. Keep an eye on their events for the biggest parties in Tallinn. Casa de Baile studio is organising Blue Bachata Mondays every week in their studio, which host some of the best dancers in the city, as well as bigger parties from time to time. They also play bachata at their summer outdoor parties. There is occasionally a Beach Bachata social when the weather is nice, which will be announced in a dedicated Facebook group. A recent newcomer Tropical Mood Dance Company has organised some outdoor bachata socials as well.
Cubanita Live Cafe is the legendary place where weekly salsa parties have taken place for many years. In summer Casa de Baile tries to arrange outdoor salsa parties, these usually have a super nice vibe and they play music for other styles as well. Havanamoderna studio has organised bigger monthly parties and I think they play quite a lot of salsa there, since they teach cuban salsa.
Check out the Urban Kiz Estonia group for urban kiz and Kizomba Parties in Estonia page for kizomba socials. There used to be a kizomba weekly party every Thursday in Cubanita, hopefully it will pick up again after the break. Havanamoderna studio now gives urban kiz classes and they also arrange parties from time to time, so that’s a studio to keep an eye on. In summer the kizomba community arranges socials on the beach as well.
Parties for Multiple Styles
At bigger parties you can dance multiple styles – salsa, bachata, kizomba and their sub-styles. They might even play an occasional zoukable songs so that zouk dancers can have fun (given they recognise other zoukers and know to invite them). The music styles played will often be in the description of the event. They are organised by all dance studios – see the links below. Casa de Baile has also organised beginner-friendly practice parties in their studio every week. Our beloved professional DJ Enrique recently started organising his own parties, I would recommend those as well.
I don’t dance tango myself but this scene seems to be pretty active in Tallinn. I definitely know that Euphoria studio that gives tango classes has arranged milongas, but for more information check Tango Argentino @ Estonia group.
From what I know there are no forró or samba de gafieira parties at the moment, not even official classes for it (I have learned abroad). Fingers crossed these wonderful Brazilian dance styles will get more popular in Tallinn soon!
The dance scene is constantly changing and I will do my best to keep this article updated. If it’s not, you’re welcome to reach out to me on my social media to ask anything about the dance scene in Tallinn. Again, all the information about parties will most likely be on Facebook, so definitely look there.
- Salsa Parties in Estonia (ignore the name, it’s for all styles) https://www.facebook.com/groups/DancePartiesEstonia/
- Urban Kiz Estonia https://www.facebook.com/groups/1930936180491031
- Beach Bachata https://www.facebook.com/groups/245207586220200/
- Tango Argentino @ Estonia https://www.facebook.com/groups/310614175130
- Euphoria https://www.facebook.com/pg/EuphoriaStudio11/events
- Casa de Baile https://www.facebook.com/pg/CasaDeBaile/events
- Havanamoderna https://www.facebook.com/pg/HavanamodernaTallinn/events/
- ArteLatino Salsakool https://www.facebook.com/pg/Artelatinosalsakool/events
- Tallinn Salsa Academy https://www.facebook.com/pg/SalsaTallinn/events
- Bachata Studio Tallinn https://www.facebook.com/BachataStudioTallinn
- DJ Enrique https://www.facebook.com/djnrike
- Tropical Mood Dance Company https://www.facebook.com/pg/Tropical-Mood-Dance-Company-109921050731892/events
- Kizomba Parties in Estonia https://www.facebook.com/pg/KizombaPartiesInEstonia/events/
- Dj Darxxide https://www.facebook.com/DjDarxxideKiz/