Congreso Mundial de la Salsa ~ World Salsa Congress Paris
2002 Congreso Mundial de la Salsa,
May 16, 2002 Le Quais Social Dance
May 17, 2002 Rehearsals, Shows, & Dance Performances
May 17, 2002 After Party at Montecristo Café
May 18, 2002 Second Night of Shows
May 18, 2002 After Party at Rumba Café
May 19, 2002 Final Night of Shows
May 19, 2002 After Party at Rumba Café
May 20, 2002 Dance Contest and Social Dance
2001 Congreso Mundial de la Salsa, Paris, France
June 1, 2001 - Dancing and first set of dance performances. (134 photos)
June 2, 2001- Dancing, Un Rumbero en Paris, all dance performances, debriefing. (330 photos)
June 3, 2001 - Dancing, Closing night performances, faces. (231 photos)
June 4, 2001 - Last day party, Social dancing, portraits. (60 photos)
June 4, 2001 - Dancing at the Montecristo Cafe
This page has links to photographs and writings of and on salsa clubs that I visited in Paris
France during June & August of 1999, 2000, 2001 2002.
My first Salsa visit to Paris was in October of 1993 but the first time that I went to take pictures was in 1999.
Paris is quieter than usual in August because many
people leave for vacation. This is by no means an exhaustive list of salsa clubs in Paris.
It is just a list of the places that were open and "happening" during my two
week stay from August 11th to 25th 1999.
Paris definitively has its own particular style of salsa dancing.
Descriptions of the dance styles that I saw, and the dance clubs I visited
will be given soon below the photos. The thing that most impressed me about Paris salsa is how courteous the dancers are. Dancers don't step on you
or bump you even in the most packed places.
Like New York, there is a younger set and an older set of dancers in Paris.
Unlike New York the dance styles are quite similar between the two age groups.
In Paris most people dance on "1" or "3" and a lot of the dancers I saw
switched at will
in the middle of a dance. Paris has a direct and open communication with Cuba and so it was not strange to
meet so many Cubans in the clubs. The dancers have adopted the Cuban style of
dancing, but it appears to be mixed with
a sort of rock-and-roll swing thing.
There were some "2" dancers and even a "on 2" class given at
"Casa 128" on Thursday nights.
Although most of the "on 2" dancers were from out of town. The Cuban "thing" is very "hot" right now in Paris and it is possible to
see quality Cuban bands playing around town.