|DATE OF EVENT
||Held every Friday.
||12:00 midnight to 4:00 AM.
|Club Deportivo is located in the Centro Cultural
Deportivo Dominicano building, 2088 Amsterdam Avenue (between 163rd &
164th Streets), in the Washington Heights neighborhood of northwest
Manhattan, NYC, 10032. Club phone 212-923-3817.
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|TYPE OF EVENT & VENUE
A very long-running pure salsa dancing event for dedicated salsa lovers
held in the very large club room of a community cultural center in
Washington Heights with bar, plenty of tables & chairs, a professional
sound system, attended by a mixed crowd of 200 + people of all ages, and
all dance timings, from the mambo scene and the larger Latino community.
About 25% of the people dance On 2. Age 21 and over with ID required
for admission to the club. There's a coat check room near the front
door during cold weather.
||Some of the best classic salsa music you'll hear
anywhere in NYC, with lyrics, rhythm, swing and flavor, and people at the event
singing along and playing percussion instruments. It's almost all
salsa with a very occasional cha cha. The music is loud so, if
you're sensitive, bring your earplugs.
||Very occasionally. They would be listed on our
||DJ Miguel and invited guest DJs.
||Usually not. They would be listed on our
||One good size wooden dance floor which is
||Usually free admission except when there are special
|BEVERAGES AND FOOD
||Bar with alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, but
very few mixed drinks and no fancy cocktails; just the basics to keep you
happy and dancing.
Waitresses provide table service for those who want it, though it's not
||Generally casual, though some people dress up a bit
in "street style". There's a coat check room near the front door
that's open during cold weather.
On 2 dancers come in somewhere between 12:30 and 2:00 AM. The On 2 dancers hang out at the section of the dance floor and standing
area and tables toward the back of the big room, farthest away from the
entrance, past the bar, near the restrooms. People who dance on other
timings are in the area closer to the front door. About 25% of the
people dance On 2. Whatever their dance timing, everyone has the
rhythm and flavor, and many are singing along with the music. Invite
On 2 friends if you want more partners On 2.
Held in the club section of a very large cultural center
dance hall and attracting at least 200+ people each Friday, this
long-running event has
a true neighborhood Latino atmosphere and great music vibe, with friends &
newcomers welcomed to join in. The music is excellent, though very
loud for a few people (bring your earplugs -
Click Here for special "musician's
ear plugs"), and many people are clapping, singing and playing percussion
instruments and, of course, dancing. This social club has been
running for almost 50 years, one of the oldest Latino cultural centers in
Decent size dance floor which is "medium speed".
Most of the people are dancing on various salsa timings, with some On 2. About 25% of the people dance On 2. You may wish to
bring along an On 2 partner or group or invite some through social media. The On 2 crowd starts coming
around 12:30 AM, with people still coming in at 2:00 AM. The
event goes very late until around 4:00 AM. There are beverages for
sale and lots of tables & chairs, plus many people standing.
The crowd is of all ages, some from the On 2 scene and many from the
neighborhood and lots of others from elsewhere.
I cannot emphasize enough: The classic salsa music played here is
some of the best in NYC, and the atmosphere is pure Latino, with almost
everyone having the natural rhythm of the music they grew up with
and usually singing along.
It is an excellent influence for non-Latino salsa dancers who are
interested in experiencing the source environment of the salsa we dance
|HOW TO GET THERE
||Club Deportivo is located in the Centro
Cultural Deportivo Dominicano building, 2088 Amsterdam Avenue (between
163rd & 164th Streets), in the Washington Heights neighborhood of
northwest Manhattan, NYC. Club phone 212-923-3817.
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Closest subway is the C train to the 163rd Street Station
(at Amsterdam Ave.). A few blocks away are the A, C and #1 trains to
the 168th Street Station (at Broadway). Street parking is sometimes
difficult in Washington Heights, but possible if you drive around a bit.
For maybe $10, there are 2 parking lots on West 165th Street (between
Amsterdam and Edgecombe Aves.). Considering that the event is free,
you can afford to park in a lot.
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||Age 21 and over with ID required for
admission to the club.
Please Note: Since commercial clubs have high expenses and need to
make a profit in order to stay open and continue playing lots of salsa, they
will therefore cater to the customers who spend the most money at the bar. Mambo
dancers can help get what they want by spending more money for drinks at the bar, even if
it's sodas, fruit juices, virgin cocktails, water, sports drinks. You may
think you're smart by not buying anything at a club, or sneaking in a bottle of
water or liquor, but actually you are
pushing them to cater to other customers who will spend more at the bar.
Those are the customers who want to hear other kinds of music instead of
salsa. If you want commercial
clubs to feature more salsa nights, you have to pay for it by purchasing
beverages at the bar. This is just simple economics.
www.SalsaNewYork.com is not affiliated
with any events or clubs; we are just being realistic.