Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Social dancing in Helsinki - where to dance salsa, bachata, zouk and kizomba?

If you're looking for where to go dancing in Helsinki you've come to the right place! The social dance scene is booming in our little northern corner of the world!!

Below a run-down of all the parties and socials for salsa (Cuban and LA), bachata, Brazilian zouk, kizomba and semba happening in Helsinki at the moment:

Monday's Afrolatin Night at Uggla - the upstairs salsa room
  • 19:30-24:00: AfroLatin Night; mambo, timba, bachata, zouk and kizomba party at Uggla, organised by IDNZ. Two dance floors (salsa and zouk/kizomba/bachata)! Dance lessons at 18:00. Entrance 5/7€.


  • 19:30-21:00 Alppila Latin Dance Social (ALDS); salsa and mixed latin social at Alppilan lukio. Dance lesson (different teachers and styles every week) at 18:30. Free event for Salsa Borealis members - you can get your membership card at the event (first time for free). Note: during the winter season only!
  • 21:30-02:00 Salsa at the Cellar; LA salsa party at HSA (Helsinki Salsa Academy) - probably the biggest weekly salsa social! Dance (mostly LA salsa) lesson at 20:00. Entrance 2/7€.
  • 22:00-04:00 Fiesta Latina; a relatively new latin party night (salsa, merengue, bachata, kizomba, reggaeton) at K2 Disco, organised by One Love Helsinki. Entrance 5€.

  • 18:00-20:00 Sunday Zouk Social at Etnofitness, organised by Rio Zouk Style.
  • Summer season only: 18:00-21:00 Opera Salsa; outdoor salsa social (also some bachata, zouk and kizomba) organised by Salsa Borealis. Not to be missed if you're in Helsinki during the summer - see my blog post! Free event; you can support Salsa Borealis with their small membership fee, 15€/year.

Sunday's zouk social at Etnofitness


In addition to these you'll also find lots of tango milongas, WCS socials, lavatanssi evenings, samba parties and all kinds of reggaeton & dance hall nights in Helsinki - too much for one post! Are you looking for info on particular type of events not listed here? Did I miss an event? Please let me know by commenting on this post!

Please check the links above for possible time changes and cancellations! For the zouk events you can see my zouk calendars for up-to-date info on all zouk workshops and parties in Finland and all major events around the world.

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  1. Hi. Where can I find info on the next samba party? Thanks!

  2. Samba parties in Helsinki you can find via Imperio do Papagaio - their Facebook page is quite active: https://www.facebook.com/imperiodopapagaio

  3. Hello, I am planning to step by Helsinki and was looking for information about bachata events, is there a group particularly for bachata? Thanks!

    1. A bit late, but there's now a FB group specifically about bachata which is probably your best bet:

      (Generally speaking, in Helsinki there are very few bachata-only events, but bachata is played in most salsa parties. Try: http://tinyurl.com/helsinki-salsa )

  4. Good list, although somewhat out of date now (Havanna has closed etc).

    Here's my attempt, which covers mostly salsa:
    Salsa in Helsinki — a guide for social dancers
    I try to keep it up to date.