Friday night I went to the launch of the new salsa club night at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.
I attended the beginners’ class taught by Nathan Brade in the Primo bar, which has a great view over Westminster Bridge. We went through the basic moves and beats and after a few practice runs of the steps we were paired up.
With more ladies then men (always the way), it was great to see some of the pros step in and expertly lead the way.
What I didn’t realise about salsa was how glamorous it is- forget dancing in flats – here the higher the heel the better!
Dressing up to dance makes it into a real occasion and a fun Friday night out. The best thing is that you can be totally comfortable going on your own as it’s not at all imposing and everyone was super-friendly and just wanted to dance.
The teacher was great, and the band were incredible, as were the regular salsa goers who really knew their stuff.
The bar also served some wicked Cuban cocktails, which really gave me some confidence to get dancing when the band started. I didn’t really have much choice as the instructor, Nathan, twirled me around the room!
The best bit of the night came when he told me to relax my knees and suddenly my legs were in the air and my head near the floor. I had been professionally salsa “dipped” and even though it probably looked a complete mess, I felt so graceful and it was brilliant fun.
Salsa night at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is every Friday from 8pm. Free for hotel guests and £8 for everyone else