This program is right for you if you like music & dancing, you love to discover the passion of the Caribbean, you like to immerse yourself into a new culture, you want to combine classroom experience with language practice, and if you 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.
“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 dances Merengue, Bachata, and Dominican Salsa.
The program is available at both IIC schools. Spanish classes take place at IIC, while the dance lessons are taught in local dance academies, either in walking distance or 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.
In Santo Domingo, you can choose between a group course and private lessons dancing. In Sosua only private dance classes are available.
The Group Dancing Course consists of eight hours per week, Private Dancing Classes Dancing are three hours per week (1 to 2 hours each time; 60 min per hour). Classes are usually Monday through Thursday. In the group courses Merengue, Bachata, or Salsa Dominican style are taught; in private classes other Salsa styles may be offered as well.
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 22 December and 10 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. One encounters the historical face of the city in its colonial district, Zona Colonial, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.
Museums like the “Museum of Modern Art” or the many art galleries in town show 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 located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, only 10 min driving from the International Airport of Puerto Plata. The small coastal town, home to 12,000 inhabitants, is known for its beautiful beaches and water sports facilities. Due to its central location between the mountain range of the Cordillera Septentrional and the Atlantic Ocean, Sosua is the ideal place for all nature and sports enthusiasts who like to discover the Dominican countryside or wish to combine studying Spanish with leisure activities.
For rates, please see our price list.
“Spanish & Latin Dance” can be booked with accommodation through IIC as well. Accommodation available through IIC:
* Students’ Residence (shared apartment or private studio)
* Guest family (Santo Domingo only)
* Economy or Mid-range Hotel
For further information about IIC courses, accomodation choices, and special programs, please drop us a line by email firstname.lastname@example.org or Whatsapp +1.849.630.1052 or contact us directly by phone.
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