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Calendar of Paris Events

December 6-14
The annual Féeries d’Auteuil takes place at the non-profit children's organization Apprentis d'Auteuil (40 rue Jean de la Fontaine, 16th, M° Jasmin or Eglise d'Auteuil) with a Christmas market, food stands, flea market, concerts, vintage carrousel and nativity scenes, from 11am-7pm. Live singing performances on St-Sun at 5:30pm. 

December 10-14
"Le Noël des Créateurs", highlights up-and-coming designers and artisans selling ther crafts "Made in France". Come for original and unique holiday gifts! You'll find 15 chalets along the Petit Ceinture (former railway) at Located at 83 boulevard Ornano, 18th (direct access to the Petite Ceinture through la Recyclerie, right outside metro Porte de Clignancourt).

December 20-21
The Village St-Paul (entrances along Rue St Paul, 4th) is having its winter brocante (flea market) this weekend, with outdoor stands in addition to the antique and vintage shops and other fun shops in the cobblestone courtyards. 

Through December 21
The newest musical comedy at the historic Folies Bergère is a high-energy burlesque show around the theme of love with dancers, acrobats, and singers performing French, American and British songs (many which you'll recognize in the preview below). Love Circus is the perfect alternative to the Moulin Rouge (including its busloads of tourists and high prices). Tickets €29-€84 (by seating area), no dinner included, discounts for booking online. 

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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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