With my first year of college down, I’ve learned that when you’re trying to balance school, clubs, hanging out with friends, and getting a decent amount of sleep, it can be easy to fall into a monotonous routine and feel like you’re just going through the motions. On far too many occasions, it would suddenly dawn on me that weeks had gone by since I’d ventured off campus to do something fun.
Next semester, I’ve made it a personal goal to avoid getting stuck in the BC bubble, and I encourage others to do the same—if you want to spend a night out somewhere other than your friend’s apartment or a cramped Walsh party, try Havana Club, a lively salsa club just a fifteen-minute Uber ride from campus.
Whether you have experience with salsa or bachata and want to show off your moves, or you’re just interested in Latin dance, you and your friends will love Havana Club’s incredibly fun, vibrant atmosphere. The venue is super spacious, they play a lot of great music, and the crowd is full of both expert and novice dancers, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
On the weekends, the club functions as a 21+ club and bar, but if you’re not 21, don’t worry: Monday and Tuesday nights are 18+. Plus, if you want to improve your skills, Havana offers hour-long salsa and bachata lessons five days a week. Fortunately, prices are pretty reasonable for the average college student, with lessons averaging around $10, and regular “dance party” admission ranging from $5-$12, depending on the day.
In my opinion, exposing yourself to different cultures is an especially important aspect of being a college student. One of the best ways to do so is through experiencing various art forms, such as dancing (side note: most BC students don’t dance at parties! Why?!).
Salsa is a style of music and dance with African and Caribbean roots, originating in Cuba. The rhythm of salsa music is very distinct and has evolved as a genre over the years, adapting to the tastes of different areas. There is a wide variety of salsa styles in different regions of Latin America and the U.S., including Afro-Latina style, Cuban style, Miami style, Colombian Salsa, and New York style.
Although life at BC can be immensely busy and consuming, try to get away from campus once in a while and take advantage of what the Boston area has to offer. Havana is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and is located at 288 Green St, Cambridge.