Step on up. There’s a salsa instructor on every street corner in Havana
On the sultry, sexy streets of Cuba, every man is a salsa instructor – or so they’ll tell you. Whether you are sipping mojitos at a bar in Havana, catching the sunset on the city’s famed seawall, the Malecón, or even touring a museum at lunch, the beguiling hombres are ready to recruit.
The pitch typically starts with lofty claims of performing at the esteemed Tropicana Club – and ends with an invite to their home.
“All the men in Cuba teach salsa, my dear,” warns the owner of my Havana homestay, a casa particular.
The mesmerising Latin American dance is a popular drawcard for visitors to the Caribbean island nation, which beats to the rhythm of the lively music. But you don’t need to be seduced by the overtures of a stranger. The owners of casa particulars are armed with recommendations of dance teachers, and, for as little as $5 an hour, you can be tutored by some of the country’s best in the steamy front rooms of their homes. Fork out a bit more for a course at one of Havana’s bountiful salsa schools, or head down to an open-air bar and be shuffled around the dance floor for free.
During a two-week sashay about the island with a twinkle-toed friend, we discovered talented, professional salsa instructors on every corner. In Havana’s upmarket Vedado neighbourhood, Leonardo, a doctor by day and dancer by night, converted his breezy, tiled lounge room into a dance studio for our first lesson.
With the fan on high in the