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Calendar of Paris Events

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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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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