Is exercising torture for you? Salsa Sexy wants the fun back in fitness. And one of the best ways to burn calories and have fun is a great night of dancing. One of our favorite dance venues is the Latin night at Fernbank Museum in Atlanta, which happens every third Friday of the month.
This upscale venue is spectacular with plenty of space to dance amongst the company of dinosaurs. The event is also great for both dancers and non-dancers because you can order food, drinks and socialize in a smoke-free environment. With costs continually on the rise, Fernbank is also one of the best values. Organized by Salsambo, admission is only $7 (cash only), which includes an introductory dance class at 8pm and free parking. The intro dance class is the largest I’ve ever seen. Typically the floor will be packed with many eager students overflowing into the hallways.
Despite being a museum, the conditions are very favorable for dancing. The floors are smooth tile making it easy to spin. Because the museum is so large the acoustics sometimes echo a bit but the atmosphere is well worth the compromise. The music is provided by a DJ who plays salsa, merengue and bachata. A month or two ago the DJ squeezed in sets of non-Latin music, making it feel like a typical club instead of Latin night. Luckily, the DJ now seems to be back on track with only Latin tunes.
The only drawback for dancers as the night progresses, despite the large dance floor, the crowd tends to get quite packed. I’ve gotten severely stepped on and even punched in the eye by a flying, styling hand. So new dancers beware, this can be a contact sport!
Rating (1: Lowest, 5: Highest)
Value : 5
Dance Floor: 4
Dance Space: 4
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