10909 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5J 3L9
Every Tuesday, chill, socialize, learn new dance moves, and dance until midnight at Central Social Hall.
- Latin Dancing (Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba) every Tuesday night!
- Meet & Greet, 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
- Dance Lessons, 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm (see FAQ for details)
- Social Dancing, 9:30 pm until midnight
$5 in advance via eventbrite or $10 at the door (cash only, paid at the bar)
For information on other Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, and/or Brazilian Zouk events in Edmonton, see the YEG Dancer Facebook Page, Instagram Page, or Facebook Group.
Who is the intended audience for this event?
Do you love dancing and/or Latin music? Are you ready to meet new people and be part of a welcoming community that celebrates diversity? Then this is the night for you!
New to partner dancing? No worries! Just ask us to show you the basics of Salsa, Bachata, and/or Kizomba.
Don’t have a partner? No problem! We typically rotate throughout the night in both the dance lessons and social dancing with many dancers coming alone. Let your partner know you are a beginner and we will make sure you come away with a positive experience.
Can you tell me more about these dances?
Salsa is a partner dance with roots in Latin and African cultures. There are many different styles of Salsa being danced around the world with the most popular style in Edmonton being LA Style (On1) Salsa. It is by far the most energetic of the three dances and is highly popular in Latin American countries.
Bachata is a partner dance and musical genre that originated in the Dominican Republic. Over the years, Bachata has evolved into many different sub-styles which fuse elements from Salsa, Brazilian Zouk, Tango, Ballroom, and/or Hip Hop. While Traditional Bachata continues to be danced around the world, the most popular style in Edmonton is Modern Bachata.
Kizomba is a partner dance and musical genre that originated in Angola. In recent years, it has become increasingly popular around the world and is now a staple at most Latin dance socials in our city, so knowing the basics of this dance style will ensure you are able to dance all night long at SBK events. It is typically the slowest and most chill of the three dances.
What is this event like?
Every Tuesday, we will have beginner Latin dance lessons with an experienced instructor on-site to help those new to partner dancing. Periodically, we will feature guest instructors for special workshops (included in your cover), so don’t miss these unique opportunities to learn from a variety of instructors. Following the dance classes, we will have a Salsa/Bachata/Kizomba (SBK) afterparty where you can apply your newfound skills.
During the Salsa/Bachata/Kizomba (SBK) Afterparty, DJ Irina will keep you dancing all night with a music ratio of 3 Bachata, 2 Salsa, 2 Kizomba. There will be a mix of Sensual Bachata, Modern Bachata, and Traditional Bachata.
While you are here, be sure to check out the drink and food offerings, including happy hour specials until 6:30 pm.
How much does it cost?
Cover for the Social Tuesdays event is $5 early bird (advance purchase via eventbrite) or $10 at the door (cash only, paid at the bar), which includes both the dance lesson/workshop and social dancing.
We also encourage attendees to support the venue through food/drink purchases to ensure the night remains viable.
When does the event start/end?
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm to midnight
What is the event schedule?
- Meet & Greet, 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
- Bachata Workshop (Open-Level), 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
- Salsa & Kizomba Beginner Lessons, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
- Guest Instructor Workshop*, 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
- Salsa / Bachata / Kizomba Social Dancing, 9:30 pm to midnight
*Check the current week’s poster for more information on the guest instructors. Once a month, instead of a guest instructor workshop we will have guest performers (mini-show) and the social dancing portion will start earlier than normal.
Where is this event?
Central Social Hall, 10909 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB
Does the venue have specials?
- Drinks can be ordered all night, food must be ordered by 10:45 pm.
- Happy Hour Specials: https://centralsocialhall.com/happy-hour/
- Full Menu: https://centralsocialhall.com/dine-in/
Are there promotions for first time attendees?
Free entry for first time attendees of the Social Tuesdays event with the promo code 5OFF (only available for advance ticket purchases through eventbrite, limit one per customer).
What are the upcoming guest instructor workshops?
Upcoming guest instructor workshop schedule (subject to change):
- Tuesday, January 10, 2023 – House Foundation (Hip-Hop)
- Tuesday, January 17, 2023 – Contact for Social Dancers
- Tuesday, January 31, 2023 – Dancehall Foundation (Hip-Hop)
- Tuesday, February 7, 2023 – Progressive Movement Foundation (Hip-Hop)
- Tuesday, February 14, 2023 – UrbanKiz Foundation (TBC)*
What should I wear?
You can choose to dress up or not, but make sure what you wear is comfortable enough to dance in (not too tight, not too short, not too warm, allows you to move your arms, hips, torso, and rest of the body easily, not a tripping hazard, etc.).
Latin Dance shoes are recommended, but not required. Any clean pair of shoes that is comfortable and not grippy on the floor will work (dress shoes, Fuego sneakers, Taygra sneakers, leather soled ballet flats, suede soled jazz shoes, toms, etc.).
Note that some workshops, such as any of the hip-hop styles, may be more comfortable to dance in flat soled shoes, so it’s a good idea to either bring a pair or check with us beforehand.
We recommend bringing a pair of clean indoor shoes for dancing during the winter months as the dirt/snow/rocks from the outdoors can wreak havoc on other dancer’s suede soled shoes.
Where do I park?
Central Social Hall has a special $5 parking deal after 6 pm. After parking your vehicle in Central Social Hall’s parking lot, scan the QR code at the entrance to take advantage of this offer.
Additionally, free street parking may be found south of Jasper Avenue on days where there are no events at Rogers Place. See the following City of Edmonton map for parking rates/hours: https://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/driving_carpooling/rates-hours-locations
Is there anything else I should know?
While we encourage everyone to arrive early, especially if you wish to participate in the dance lessons, dancers are welcome to join the dance class as they arrive. This is a safe space, so do as much or as little as you are able — no judgment.
Anyone can lead and anyone can follow, all we ask for is that you stay in your chosen role for the duration of the dance class to ensure you don’t miss important details and assist in maintaning order during partner rotations.
Rotating partners is highly beneficial to both leads and follows, however, if you arrived with a partner and wish not to rotate during the dance lesson/workshop, simply let the instructors know at the start of the class.
What if I have more questions?
If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out via eventbrite prior to the event start time.