Somoloco Salsa Immersion

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the COVID situation in Medellin/Colombia?

As of Feb 23 2022, 81% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, businesses and live events are back, and life is generally back to normal. Masks are required in public spaces like the metro or airport, otherwise optional. Proof of vaccine is requested by some events, restaurants, and businesses but not all. Check here  to see what type of rules your country has when traveling to or returning from Colombia.

So, what do you mean by a salsa immersion?

A salsa immersion is a mix of intensive salsa dance education and cultural immersion with our community of local dancers. The idea is that through this experience, you will experience for yourself what latin flavor is — through dance, community, and exploring the best of what Medellin and the surrounding areas has to offer. We know the best people, experiences, and spots, and hook it up!

What are the details of the dance learning?

We teach Salsa (all types, we will help you choose), though if you are interested in Bachata, Kizomba, or Tango, we also offer immersions with those dance rhythms — we have over 60 instructors who we hand pick for your needs. You will dance Monday-Friday with our combination of private classes, group classes and social dancing, with the best instructors in Colombia. 15 hours per week of private class, 2 group classes per week, 2 nights out a week dancing with your instructors (ie Taxy Dancer)

Is it safe in Medellin (I’ve heard of Pablo Escobar and narcos)?

Tourism has been exploding in Colombia for the past three years, growing 13% per year and it continues to rise along with foreign investment in real estate and industry. Each year, holiday-makers, travellers and expats safely visit this beautiful city and it’s rich, diverse culture. As we like to say to visitors “The real danger in coming to Colombia is that you just might stay.”
(Pablo Escobar died 25 years ago :-))

I’ve never danced salsa before, will I be able to keep up?

Yes! We have had many people dancing for the first time. Our instructors are patient and experienced teaching beginners as well as competitive dancers. They will make you feel part of the community and help you go from zero to social dancer in no time. See what Jay said here as a first time dancer.

What are the payment terms?

-Payment made by Paypal, Venmo, or Credit Card
-Initial 50% paid up front as a Deposit
-Subsequent 50% paid 30 days before Immersion start date
-Deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days before trip with 10% service charge, afterwards it is not refundable

What ages is this for? I don’t want to feel out of place…

This is for people of all ages and backgrounds! The minimum is that you are ready to be active and ready to dance. We actively encourage age diversity as it makes for a more dynamic group, though we do tend to see more people join us who are somewhere in their late 20s – 40s.

I’m an intermediate/advanced dancer, can I join the immersion?

Yes! Our immersions are for all levels. With over 60 instructors, including several world champions, we provide private instruction personalized to your level and goals. Group classes bring together students with the same dancing style and level, for example intermediate Cuban salsa, or advanced bachata sensual.

I hear they dance caleña salsa in Colombia, do I have to learn that?

No, you choose what style you want to learn. Caleña salsa originates from Cali in Colombia. But our community of teachers dance everything from On-1, On-2, to salsa casino and caleño. Not to mention bachata, kizomba, tango and several other Latin dance styles.

I don’t know what style of dance I want to learn, is that a problem?

Of course not! When you sign up for an immersion, we will get in touch to work out exactly where you are at, what you know, what you don’t know, and customize a dance plan accordingly. In your first week you could try different styles and see what you like.

How much will I dance per day? Will I have time for anything else?

Immersions have 3 hours of private classes per day, Monday-Friday, and 1.5 hours of group classes twice per week. The rest of your time is free! Other group activities, like the weekly group dinner, nights out dancing with your instructors, and weekend excursions, are all optional. It’s your time and you decide what you want to do.

Why can’t I just go to Medellin and hunt for the cheapest dance instruction?

You could. But it would be a different experience. Immersion are designed to balance intensive-dance education, unique local experiences that only we produce or know about, and community. We make it easy for you to meet great people while you’re upping your salsa skills. Life is more fun when sharing is involved! You can also rely on us for 24/7 support – whether you have a dancing related question, or you just want to know where to find the best lunch in town, we’re here for you.

How much does food, drink and local transport cost?

If you eat like the locals do, a delicious lunch will cost $3-4 USD anywhere in town. Double that if you want something fancier and international. For reference, the cost of living is between 1/5 – 1/20 of what it is the US. Uber operates everywhere in Medellin and costs $2-4 USD for a 15-20 minute ride from one neighbourhood to another.

Can I do an immersion in another Colombian city, like Cali, or Cartagena?

For now, we only run experiences in Medellin. But join our email-list to be the first to know when new cities open up.

Are there ATMs in Medellin / will my bank card work?

Most restaurants, shops and supermarkets accept VISA and Mastercard. Some of the smaller shops and cafes are cash only, but there are ATM machines everywhere in Medellin that work with international bank cards.

Can I Airbnb my home to fund my trip, learn to dance salsa, have a blast and still have time to work remotely, relax or enjoy local tourism?

YES! What are you waiting for?

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