Salsa was first introduced to Malaysia in the 1980s and has since become a very popular social dance, especially in the major cities like Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Penang and Ipoh. Here in these cities, you can easily find many dance studios which teach salsa. In the capital city of Kuala Lumpur there are many exciting night spots where you can dance the salsa. The places to salsa the night away include Little Havana in Bukit Ceylon, Salsa Havana at Federal Hotel, QBA at Westin Hotel, both along Jalan Bukit Bintang, and The Lodge at Jalan Tengah (off Jalan Sultan Ismail). WhikeRoom Bilique Bistro and Hush, both along Jalan Telawi in Bangsar Baru in the chic suburb of Bangsar are also popular hangouts with the salsa community.
Salsa festivals, workshops and competitions are also organized regularly in Malaysia. The recently concluded Malaysian World Salsa Congress 2009 which was held at the Sunway Lagoon Convention Centre & Theme Park in Petaling Jaya from May 1 - 3 was a resounding success. The event saw the participation of salsa teachers, performers, salseros and salseras from Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. Hot on the heels of this event will be the 4th annual Malaysian Salsa Festival 2009 which will be held at the seaside Legend Resort in Cherating, Pahang from July 23 - 26. Among those taking part in this festival will be instructors and performers from the USA, UK, Australia, Dubai, Singapore and Malaysia.
If you are really crazy about salsa and still cannot get enough of it, how does the idea of a salsa cruise grab you? SCAsia Sdn Bhd, is organizing a "Salsa Cruise Asia 2009: Dance With The World", a 6-days 5-nights vacation on board the cruise ship, Legend Of The Seas from November 22 to 27. This dance-themed cruise will sail through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand and will make a stop in Phuket. Participants will get the opportunity to learn various styles of dance such as the salsa, Latin American, zouk lambada, west coast swing and Afro-Caribbean. In addition you can dance and party to the rhythm of Latin music with El Gatos Salseros, a live band from Spain, and watch exciting dance performances by artistes from around the world.
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