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Calendar of Paris Events

Through October 3
Don't miss one of the most magical events of the summer, the Candlelit Evenings at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, just an hour south of Paris by RER and shuttle. Visit the family-owned palace and gardens that inspired Versailles by candlelight, including dinner in the gardens (or bring your own picnic or book a table for a gourmet meal starting at €59) and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50. 

Through October 18
The 32nd annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu, opens on August 30th in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe). Open 4pm-midnight Mon, Tues, & Thurs; 2pm-midnight Wed & Fri; and noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite).  

September 11-13
The annual Fête de l'Humanité is three days of live music (65 acts including headliners Manu Chao, Texas, and Juliette Gréco), debates (because the French love a good debate), arts and cinema expositions, a bal populaire, a book fair, and activities for kids. The main sponsor/organizer is the daily newspaper L'Humanité, whose motto is "Envie de Changer Le Monde" (The desire to change the world), so you can imagine it's quite a leftie leaning festival where politics, social justice and liberty are the main stars. This year it takes place in La Corneuve (northeast suburbs), and three-day passes are just €32 (€35 at the door; camping and parking also possible). 

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Resource Guide > Paris Activities > Dancing

Le Centre de Danse du Marais
41 Rue du Temple , 4th
tel 01 42 72 15 42
www.parisdanse.com
Open daily 9am-10:30pm.

This is one of the most popular dance schools in Paris , offering classes for all levels in baroque dance, tango, African dance, Irish tap, ballroom dancing, salsa, Oriental dance, Egyptian dance, classic ballet, flamenco, jazz, hip-hop, rock-and-roll (swing), yoga, and even Japanese Buto. Buto. The entrance is located at the end of a courtyard next to the Café de la Gare theatre. Most instructors speak English. A “passport” lets you sample five different courses for €70, and there are summer deals, too. Those with an excess of talent should check out the professional audition notices posted in the hallway directly across the courtyard from the reception.

Académie Esprit Tango
3 rue des Vignoles, 20th
tel 06 75 05 99 95
www.pascaleyluis.com
Luis Bruni and Pascale Coquigny are professional dancers and choreographers specializing in Argentinean tango and fusion tango. They offer classes, summer workshops and practices three times a week in their studio near Nation (metro line 1). English, French and Italian spoken.

La Casa del Tango
11 Allée Darius-Milhaud, 19th
tel 01 40 40 73 60
www.lacasadeltango.net

Ready for your first tango in Paris ? The “House of Tango” organizes classes, workshops, tango balls, tea-time dances and acts as a cultural center for Tango lovers from all over the world with exhibitions and literary events in a very “ Buenos Aires ” atmosphere right across from the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Every month is an initiation weekend course for absolute beginners (5 hours, €60); and there is always a shortage of single males! Check the website for the latest schedule and events.

Open-Air Dancing
Square Tino Rossi, Quai St Bernard, 5th

There’s something magical about dancing on the banks of the Seine , the swirling couples lit up by sightseeing boats and Notre Dame Cathedral in the background. Four small amphitheatres welcome tango, salsa, swing and even Brittany folk dancers of all ages and abilities. Every evening May through September, from sunset through midnight . Free entry.

Le Balajo
9 rue de Lappe, 11th
tel 01 47 00 07 87
Open since 1936, this authentic dance hall with the historic Parisian street scene decor was where French crooners like Edith Piaf used to sing. Couples and singles decked out in vintage duds come on Wednesday nights for the ‘40s and ‘50s swing-rock evenings. Thursdays are for salsa dancing and the last Sunday of the month for tango. Call to confirm times; entry €12.

Bistro Latin
20 rue du Temple , 3rd
Tel 01 42 77 21 11
www.bistrotlatin.com

On the edge of the Marais, above Le Latina movie theatre, serious tango and salsa aficionados come together on the parquet dance floor to live out their Latin Lover fantasies six nights a week: Tango Wednesday-Saturday, salsa dancing Sunday, and Sevillana dancing Monday. From 8:30 p.m. until 1a.m.; come early for lessons. Entry €6 (€9 Saturday for the live music).


Dancing Resources

For the most up-to-date news on Tango and Salsa events and classes in Paris , check out www.tango-argentin.net and www.salsafrance.com. If you understand French, try calling the Allo-Danse hotline for all dancing events in Paris , 08 92 70 50 25 (€.034/minute).


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