This program “Spanish and Latin Dance” is right for you if you
- like music and dancing,
- love to discover the passion of the Caribbean,
- like to immerse yourself into a new culture,
- want to combine classroom experience with language practice,
- like to meet people from around the world.
Spanish and Latin Dance
Dominicans love to dance. Singing is probably the only other passion which can rival dancing as food for the Dominican’s soul.
Of all the rhythms that enriched their cultural heritage, the Merengue is the most collective expression of the people’s soul. As a popular musical form, it is very dynamic and varies from one generation to the next.
In 2016, the UNESCO declared the Dominican Merengue “an intangible cultural heritage of Humanity”.
2019 then followed the Dominican Bachata music and dance, honored by the UNESCO as well as a Cultural Heritage.
“Spanish & Latin Dance” presents the language and dance world of the Dominican Republic. In the mornings, the participants tackle Spanish vocabularies. In the afternoons, professional dance instructors teach them the steps and passionate body language of the typical local Latin dances: Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa.
The program is available at both IIC schools. Spanish classes take place at IIC. The dance classes are taught by professional dance teachers in local dance academies. The dance schools are max. 20 min by public transportation from IIC.
The program has a modular structure: Every regular 20 lesson-Spanish course can be mixed with any dance course. So you can create your individual program package, if you like as well with lodging and/or airport pick-up.
IIC courses range from one week to several months. They are available at both schools for all language levels: from beginners to advanced students (A1 to C2). We follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF).
Courses start every Monday. The language course consists of 20 45-minute lessons per week either in mini-groups or as private lessons, depending on the course type booked. Classes are usually Monday to Friday from 9:00 am till 12:30 pm in the groups and in the afternoon for private tuition.
Latin Dance Class
The dance course consists of 3 hours of 1-on-1 classes per week with a private dance teacher (1 to 2 hours each time; 60 min per hour). Classes are usually Monday through Thursday.
You will learn Merengue, Bachata, or Salsa which are the 3 most typical dance styles in the Dominican Republic.
Dance courses start any Monday, on all dancing levels. Please note: No dance class available over Christmas/New Year ; our dance schools are closed between 15 December and 15 January.
THE COURSE PLACES
With a population of more than 3 million inhabitants and a 500-year old history, the capital of the Dominican Republic is the cultural and economic center of the country.
Meet its history in Zona Colonial, the colonial Old Town of Santo Domingo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.
Museums like the “Museum of Modern Art” or the many art galleries in town represent the modernity of Santo Domingo.
At day the city is one of the grand shopping bazaars of the Caribbean offering hand-wrapped cigars or jewelry made of Larimar or Amber.
At night it is filled with Merengue and Bachata rhythms. Dance enthusiasts can choose between numerous clubs or go to typical dance places, often equipped with live music. Sunday nights the locals get together for music & dancing at “Las Ruinas de San Francisco“, the remains of the first monastery of the New World.
Sosua is centrally located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, only 10 min driving from the International Airport of Puerto Plata. It is home to 12,000 inhabitants. The mountain range of the Cordillera Septentrional on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, embrace the small coastal town.
Sosua is known for its beautiful beaches and water sports facilities. It is the ideal place for all nature and sports enthusiasts who like to discover the DR’s splendid nature or you wish to add some fun leisure and watersports activities to their Spanish classes.
For rates, please see our price list.
“Spanish & Latin Dance” can be booked with or without accommodation. Optional to be booked in addition:
* IIC Students Residence (shared apartment) in Santo Domingo
* Host Family (Santo Domingo only)
* Economy or Mid-range Hotel of referral in Sosua or Santo Domingo
For further information about IIC courses, accomodation choices, and special programs, please drop us a line by email email@example.com or Whatsapp +1.849.630.1052 or contact us directly by phone.
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