You probably have been bored at home at Green Views apartments and would want to have some active, fun night life here in Accra, Ghana. One thing many people do not know is that there is an active Salsa scene here in Accra.
This gives opportunity not only to have fun by dancing, but to have some exercise and burn some calories and get more effective blood circulation and also to meet and network with many people which can present immeasurable opportunities for collaborations.
For many who are new to dancing or who would like to learn to move their bodies to a particular rhythm, this is an opportunity to learn the art of dancing. There are some places in Accra where you can go learn and dance Salsa.
Where to dance and enjoy salsa in Accra
The Ring Road is a famous road with an active business scene as well as a major road that serves people who go to Labone and Cantonments, The Ghana Police Headquarters and the current President’s residence. About 500 metres east from the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, there is Paloma Hotel which is just opposite Eddy’s Pizza.
Every Saturday evening from 7pm to 12am, dancers and novices come together and share in the art at various levels. However it is noteworthy that from 7pm to 8pm, there are free Salsa lessons for beginners and intermediates. There are several line dances which are performed and it is not difficult finding someone to take you through some of the steps. This experience is enjoyable.
Bosphorus is a Turkish restaurant located in Labone – about 250 metres from the Labone Senior High School. It is famed for its servings of traditional Turkish and international cuisines. On Saturday evenings around 7:30pm, the dance floor becomes alive with many professionals and learner dancers filling the dance floor for lessons on both salsa and line dance lessons.
After about an hour and half of free lessons, the students and the teachers have fun together practicing the moves they have learned. Kizomba – an Angolan dance is also taught to those interested in learning it. Sometimes, they feature dancers of International repute and all other dance forms to guest-perform. If you are celebrating your birthday, they have special dance packages for you. The dancing ends somewhere around midnight.
With its strategic location a stone throw form the monumental Flagstaff House and the TV3, Afrikiko provides a haven for people who want to enjoy a good meal at affordable prices. Afrikiko is actually famed for its Salsa and Kizomba Wednesdays where a lot of people – notably expatriates- flock to experience some exciting Salsa and line dancing. The numbers here that attend here are very huge and there is a sense of community here this provides a very cool atmosphere to meet new people and network.
With the free lessons starting at 7:30pm, the different moves and rules for dancing the genre are explained, after which the main dancing start at about 8:30pm. Various line dances, salsa and Kizomba are performed and birthday celebrants are honored and celebrated. If you do not know how to perform the line dances, you will just have to follow the leaders who usually stand in front of everyone. No doubt you will enjoy Afrikiko very much.
African Regent Hotel
The pool side is where The African Regent has decided to host its regular Thursday evening salsa dancing. With the characteristic latino music coming from the bar where assortments of drinks are served by sharp waiters and mixologists, the atmosphere becomes perfect for salsa dancing.
Here, there are no lessons given….but only dancing is done which gets guests of the Hotel entertained while the dancers have fun doing what they enjoy. Line dances and kizomba is also danced here and even local (Ghanaian) songs that have been altered to have the salsa flair are being played. The African Regent Hotel is just opposite the Villagio Apartments and close to the Accra Mall.
This plush restaurant also has regular Thursday evening salsa dancing that delights its patrons. Located on the Stanbic Heights opposite Silver Star Auto Ltd. and very close to Marina Mall and Holiday Inn Hotel and Ibis Styles Hotel at Airport City, the Coco Lounge gives its customers a blend of International cuisines. Salsa dancing starts at about 8pm and goes into the night, giving customers and patrons the opportunity to appreciate the dancing and also join in the dancing if one is capable of dancing. The atmosphere is something you would not want to miss.
Little Havana is a restaurant South of Osu where they serve Afro-Cuban cuisines and cocktails of International repute. Every Friday evenings at about 7:30pm, there are Salsa lessons with subsequent Salsa and Kizomba. The Salsa that goes on there is powered by a Ghanaian Salsa Company called ‘Salsa in the City’. Little Havanna has its architecture, paintings giving off a Cuban atmosphere and makes it feel like you are in the Caribbean country. They give beginners and intermediate lessons. This place always gets very good expatriate salsa dancers coming to dance and it is a very good spot to network and build connections. Salsa in the City holds programs where they celebrate different kinds of dances by inviting some International as well as local professionals. It feels like you are in the home of Salsa when you are here.
If you are here in Ghana whether on a long or short stay, it will be really cool to check these venues out for a good time and some good food. It will also be worthwhile taking advantage of the free lesson so as to kill two birds with a stone. Moreover, if you happen to have an event and you are thinking of how to provide some unique entertainment, you can talk to some of the professionals and they will arrange and provide you some exquisite salsa and line dances that will wow your audience.