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Havana Nights at Club 412 - A new party with Salsa, Timba, Son and Cha-Cha

by Robert Abrams
January 4, 2008
You Should Be Dancing dance center & Club 412
412 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
212-244-0011
Doors open at 9 pm
Dancing until 1 am to music by DJ David Medina
$10 per person
Full Cash Bar with Mojito specials
There are many Salsa parties in New York City to choose from and each has a characteristic style. The new Havana Nights party at Club 412 might be best summed up as a smile, an ease and a flourish. Almost like a Latin version of West Coast. There appeared to be a range of dancers, from beginners to masters. Everyone was relaxed and having a good time, whether dancing or watching the dancing. The atmosphere was very welcoming, just like everything else about You Should Be Dancing and Club 412. Club 412's full bar was open for business.

Since this was the first running of this party, the organizers were only using half of the big room. This was a wise choice, as it kept the energy focused. I arrived around 10:30 pm and left around 11:30 pm. The floor was always full, but with enough room for people to express themselves.

DJ David Medina spun one lively Salsa tune after another. At one point a large rueda circle broke out.

This party may have had a smaller attendance than some other more established parties, but the organizers have clearly gotten a lot right on the first try. I have no doubt that the party will get even better. If you are into Latin dance, Havana Nights Friday at Club 412 is worth checking out. Victoria Hadar and David Medina have floor boards with your name on them. (Victoria and David hope to make this a monthly party. Check the Club 412 schedule for the next date. If you were there tonight and had a good time, make sure to call You Should Be Dancing and let them know.)
A Rueda Circle

A Rueda Circle

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


A Rueda Circle

A Rueda Circle

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Salsa at Club 412's Havana Nights

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams


DJ David Medina spins excellent Salsa

DJ David Medina spins excellent Salsa

Photo © & courtesy of Robert Abrams

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