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Where to go dancing in Jerusalem: Salsa, Israeli, Clubs, Belly, and more

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Thank goodness there are places in Jerusalem to let go of my pent-up energy after long days spent staring at a computer screen. Unfortunately, I felt like the information for different kinds of dancing in Jerusalem like salsa, Israeli/folk dancing, clubs, belly dancing, and others was all over the place. So, I sat myself down and gathered what I could into one central, organized place (I love lists, what can I say?). Make sure to call the person or venue to verify any information below. If you would like to add any dance venues, please leave a comment below.

In related Salsa news, while I was searching for everything Salsa and Israel, I came across the 7th Annual Mediterranean Salsa Congress’ , which is hoping to create peace in Israel through salsa. If you’re still skeptical, just watch this clip. How come no one thought of this before?!

Salsa

  • Merkaz Hamagshimim
    Tuesdays at 8pm
    Includes: Salsa, Marengue, Roueda, Cha Cha and Kumbia and Bacheta.
    Cost: 25 NIS
    Location: The Merkaz, 7a Dor Dor VeDorshav St.
    Phone: Dudu 050-856-3117
  • Candela Club
    Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays:
    21:00-22:30 – Learning Salsa LA style
    22:30-02:00 – Salsa Party
    Cost: 40 NIS
    Location: Rav Chen Mall, 16 Haoman St. Talpiot
    Phone: 050-565-3997
  • Mirage Club (really nice teachers, and even if you’re just learning, lots of good people to watch)
    Note: I heard this club moved to the Malha area (updated Mar 2009)
    Thursdays:
    21:30-22:30 – Learning Salsa LA style
    22:30-02:30 – Salsa Party
    Cost: 30 NIS
    Location: 42 King George St
    Phone: 054-463-6473

Clubbing

  • Bonita
    Cost: 40 NIS includes a free drink (Used to be free back when it was in the Russian Compound.. sigh)
    Location: 16 Rivlin St (small but convenient)
    Note: I heard this club has closed down
    Phone: 054-591-6678 (unless you called during the day, I just can’t imagine they’d hear the phone call)
  • Triple Bar
    Cost: 40 NIS includes a free drink (the magic deal on Rivlin St.)
    Location: right next door to Bonitas (maybe 18 Rivlin St.?), city center (again, small but convenient)
  • Michlala (apparently this and Blanco are next to each other but I haven’t even seen them or been there, but they are on my list of places to scout out)
    Location: 39 Pierre Koening St, Talpiot
  • Blanco
    Location: 39 Pierre Koening St, Talpiot
    Phone: 054-3334442
  • Constantine
    Location: HaHistadrut 3, city center, across from the  Mashbir
    Phone: 02-622-1155

A full list of all the clubs in Jerusalem can be found on GoJerusalem

Israeli Dancing

  • French Hill
    Sunday nights, 8pm for beginners, 9pm for intermediate and advanced
    Location: French Hill Community Center, 13 Rehov Hahagana
    Phone: 02-541-6000 / 052-660-0380
  • City Center
    Sunday nights at 7:30pm
    Location: Gerard Behar Center, 11 Rehov Bezalel
    Phone: 02-625-1139
  • Ramot
    Wednesday nights, 8pm for beginners, 9pm for intermediate and advanced
    Location: Ramot Alon Community Center, 6 Rehov Recanati
    Phone: 02-541-6000 / 052-660-0380
  • Baka – women only
    Wednesday Nights, Beginners 7:30-8:30 pm, Intermediate 8:30-9:30 pm , Advanced 9:30-11:00 pm
    Location: Geulim Elementary School, Rechov Kibbutz Galuyot 4
    Cost: 25 NIS (Discounts for students, seniors, unemployed)
    Phone: Naomi Moss 566-5626, 054-542-6562
  • Talbieh
    Sunday mornings, Beginner/Intermediate 8:30-9:30 am, Advanced 9:30-11:00 am
    Location: Naamat, Rechov Shalom Aleichem 10, corner of Jabotinsky
    Cost: 20 NIS
    Phone: Naomi Moss 566-5626, 054-542-6562
  • German Colony
    I remember that Boaz Cohen used to teach classes at the ICCY on Emek Refaim, but I didn’t see it listed anywhere.
    Phone: 052-111-3462
    Email: c_boaz@hotmail.com
    Update: Thanks to Janglo responses, I have learned that since the ICCY is closed for rennovations, Boaz Cohen teaches Tuesday night at Yehuda Halevi School in the German Colony and Wednesday nights at Beit Hanoar, and Saturday nights at the YMCA.��

Belly Dancing

  • Swan – Women Only
    Tuesdays, 7:15pm
    Cost: 50 shekels
    Location: 43 Emek Refaim, German Colony
    Phone: 02-561-9443 / 02-561-9444
  • Curves – Women Only
    Cost: 10 NIS
    Location: 38 Pierre Koenig St, Talpiot
    Phone: 054-84-84408 /02-678-7812
  • YMCA – Women Only (I’m guessing men aren’t so into it?)
    Sundays at 9pm & Mondays at 11:45 am
    Location: 26 King David St
    Cost: Call to find out
    Phone: 02-569-2692 / 02-625-8436

Fusion Dance

  • Merkaz Hamagshimim
    Wednesdays at 8:30pm
    Includes: A combination of traditional American line dancing and hip hop.
    Cost: 20 NIS
    Location: The Merkaz, 7a Dor Dor VeDorshav St.
    Phone: Marvin 050-909-8172 jinxxx99@yahoo.com
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Comments

  1. * Howard Felson says:

    Contra Dance
    (traditional new england country dance)
    (since October 2007)
    8pm, 2nd motzei Shabbat of the month (Succoth-Pesach)
    weeknight (still to be decided) (Pesach-Succoth)

    venue varies (so far) but in Jerusalem

    40/50 shekels
    always live music
    caller w/instruction
    no partner necessary
    no alcohol/smoke
    good fun

    rsvp and info: jerusalemcontra@yahoo.com

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 3 months ago
  2. * Miriam Leah says:

    I’ve discovered there is Greek Dancing. They call it a club. Tues. nights at 6:30 pm at Yeshua Bin Nun 8. Cost around 20 shekels.

    For further info, call: Greek Consulate 02-561-9584

    http://www.m-tarbut.org.il is the website for Merkaz haTarbut haUmim, or ICCY, presently undergoing renovations. Their temporary head-quarters is The Nature Museum, Muzion ha Teva, entrance off Rh. haMagid. Telephone: 02-5664144

    They are using different facilities in the meantime. At Beit Ora, Rh. Ibn Ezra 20, beside Emek haMatslava, the following is taking place.

    International Folk Dancing with Motty Kotzir
    Wed. mornings between 10 – 11 am.

    Ballroom dancing on Wed. night.
    8:00 pm beginners and 9:30 pm intermediate for 30 shekels.

    Also, for pensioners, there are dance classes Wed 10:00 am beginners and 11:30 am intermediate/advanced. You can buy a card for 10 classes for 200 shekels, 15 for 110, or pay 25 each time
    The dance class is called Rikud Kol HaZmunim.

    At Merkaz haMagshimim, they are offering Israeli folk dance one night a week beginners 8-9 pm, Intermediate 9-10 pm. They seem to be offering it as a course starting: Oct., Jan. and May.
    Contact Sharon Shoenfeld 02-561-9165

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 2 months ago
  3. * Rebecca says:

    Miriam,
    Wow! Thanks for all the info – I guess I missed a few….

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 2 months ago
  4. * Miriam Leah says:

    Correction to the previous email:

    Beit Hora (not Ora) has moved to: Merkaz Efron l’Muhol (dance) on Rh. Yehoshua Yuvieen 19 in Emek ha Matslava 02-6792653,
    02-6796552 http://www.hora-jerusalem.com , hojer@bezeqint.net

    ???? ????? ????? ?? ????? ????? 19 ??? ??????

    Also, the two programs I described for Wed. mornings at 10:00 am are one and the same! So Motty Kotzir is the teacher of a program called Rikud Kol ha Z’munim, which I called Intl. Folk Dancing. Wed. 10 am for beginners, 11:30 for intermediate and advanced. Prices as described.

    As well, Beit Hora has other dance programs which can be found on their website or in their brochure near the entrance to the building.

    Sorry for the confusion. It seemed a miracle to me that I managed to find the right place, in time, by following people’s directions along the way starting with a construction worker at the old location.

    There are buses that come close: 19 and 32 for sure on Rh. Herczog.

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 2 months ago
  5. * Miriam Leah says:

    The question marks were the Hebrew translation of the location. Sorry, didn’t know the site wouldn’t take Hebrew.

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 2 months ago
  6. * Iva Nuriel says:

    Please join us for a unique latin aerobics class (women only).
    Every Sunday 8PM or Monday 10AM for an hour of fun, fitness and friendship At Mercaz HaSport (matnas) 6 Rekanati St. Ramot Bet

    The class includes different dance styles such as
    Salsa, cha cha, merengue, samba, bellydance, and more.
    Information: call Iva 02-5839389
    Registration: Matnas Ramot 02-5867662

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 2 months ago
  7. * Miriam Leah says:

    Further info on the Ballroom Dancing classes on Wed. evg. at 8:00 pm. The location is: Matnas Givat Tsarfatit Rh. haHagana 13.

    This information was obtained at: Merkaz haTarbut haUmim, or ICCY, presently undergoing renovations. Their temporary head-quarters is The Nature Museum, Muzion ha Teva, entrance off Rh. haMagid. Telephone: 02-5664144

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 2 months ago
  8. * Miriam Leah says:

    Updates on Israeli dancing:

    Sunday night at 7:00 in the gym of a school. Entrances on
    Rh. Aharoni 9 or Rh. haMa’apilim 18.
    Entrance for cars from haPalmah or Rh. Shai Agnon.
    24 NIS per class.

    Milly 054-522-0188 or Naomi 02-566-5626

    The folk dancing at Merkaz haMagshimim has been cancelled. Check their website for ongoing activities: http://www.themerkaz.og

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 2 months ago
  9. * myla katzaV says:

    HI

    where can i attend salsa class in kfar saba? thanks

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 2 months ago
  10. * Jon says:

    Hey, there’s an updated list of Salsa clubs at http://telavivandjerusalem.blogspot.com/2008/09/salsa-schedule-summer.html .

    check it out!
    (for Tel Aviv and Jerusalem)

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 8 months ago
  11. * Pip Allon says:

    The sights are not up to date as the telephone responses were a “HUH”?

    Any way of contacting Lea Gavish? She was a terrific teacher……

    Also intersted in American line dancing or square dancing

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 7 months ago
  12. * Reina says:

    Where can one find hip hop dance classes in Jerusalem?

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 3 months ago
  13. * Surie Lee says:

    is there no place to enjoy swing dance in jerusalem? plz let me know!

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 3 months ago
  14. * Laura M. says:

    Lindy Hop is alive and well in Tel Aviv at Dance Tel Aviv on Dizengoff. Special events in Jerusalem are posted on their facebook group.

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 10 months ago
  15. * Shoshana says:

    Hi,

    I am looking for evening classes that are for women only in
    -hip hop
    – israeli dance
    – any other cool dance

    thanks!

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 8 months ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Hi Shoshana, Swan on Emek Refaim, Jerusalem offers a hip hop class on Thursday nights for women only.

      | Reply Posted 7 years, 8 months ago
  16. * Miriam Leah says:

    I took my visiting Canadian cousin to Candela Club and it made her trip. She became a regular there 2x/wk till she left. I went with her the first time and they were very nice to this inappropriately dressed 73 year-old in the beginners’ class.

    People dress very sharp and modern. It’s a nice place with good teachers.

    Also, finally got to the Greek Club with another friend and it was lovely. We danced in the garden. They were very friendly and the dances were easy to pick up.

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 8 months ago
  17. * Rebecca says:

    Hi i was wondering if anyone knew of a good salsa class for women only in jerusalem?

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 5 months ago
  18. * Jessica says:

    Can anyone please advise me where i can take adult ballet or contemporary classes in Jerusalem? I havent had any luck finding any online.

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
  19. * Jessica says:

    Thank you so much Rebecca for your reply.
    I have checked out the links….unfortunately I am unable to read them most of them, as i am Australian and only speak & read English! Havent got my head around Herbrew as yet.
    Some of the images look cool though….
    I’m wondering if any of these links have an english version…?

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Hi Jessica, maybe the best is to just call them and see if they speak english. Most likely they do.

      studio 6: 077-7866630 052-5026668
      ICCY (matnas) on emek refaim: 02-5664144 or 02-5664145
      Ballet at Gerard Behar: 02-6244176052-8608260
      Ballet at Studio Dellise: 02 – 5630003 054 – 5719711

      | Reply Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
  20. * elisheva says:

    anywhere I can take bollywood dance classes in Jerusalem?

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
  21. * Miriam Leah says:

    Hi elisheva,

    Bollywood dances classes are being taught at 19:30 on Wed. at Great Shapes in the YMCA on Rh. David haMelech.

    The website is: http://www.greatshape.co.il
    and the phone numbers are:
    02.625.8436/02.569.2685

    I went once and the teacher was delightful.

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
  22. * Miriam Leah says:

    Hi Rina,

    Hip Hop is also taught at Great Shape in the YMCA. The weekly class is at 18:30 on Mondays and it’s a mixed class although I’d be surprised if there were actually any men taking it.

    http://www.greatshape.co.il
    02.625.8436/02.569.2685

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
  23. * Miriam Leah says:

    Dear Pip Allon,

    There is Contra Dancing, a form of square dance, monthly in Jerusalem. I found the information by going to http://www.contradancelinks.com and clicking on Israel. They also have a yahoo.group link on the site. Here’s the info:

    Feb. 15, March 1(Purim) and March 15th
    at Kehilat Yedidya in Baka at 8:00 pm

    Rh. Nahum Lifshitz 12, which is off Gad, which is off Rh. Yehuda.

    there’s no dance in April because of Pesach and they’ll resume in May through Rosh HaShana on Thurs. nights.

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
  24. * Miriam Leah says:

    Hi y’all, I see Howard Felson already posted in 2008 about the Contra Dancing. Check #1 on the list.

    Regarding line dancing and swing dancing, Motti Kotzir has both as well as lots of other fun dances. Check it out on Monday evgs. at Mamilla Mall for free. During the Summer it’s outside by the amphitheatre and now it’s inside quite close by on the 2nd floor.

    He has Wed.morning classes at the ICCY Matnas, 12 Emek Refaim from 10:30 on starting with easy dances. Also couple dancing Wed. evg. at the same location. Go to the ICCY website mentioned above for further details.

    For women only Hebrew folk dancing, Naomi is teaching in the gym of a school in Baka. Check out the earlier postings above for all the details.

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 4 months ago
  25. * Natasja says:

    Hello, Where can you join a folk dance course in Jerusalem or bethelhem for forein people?

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 11 months ago
  26. * Alex Keselman says:

    There is a cool and professional dance studio in Talpiot:
    http://elbazdance.com

    (Same in Hebrew : http://www.elbazdance.co.il)

    They have it all: Salsa, Ballet, Tango, Rock-n-Roll and all you can think about!

    I am a student there and really enjoy it.

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 8 months ago
  27. * Deborah says:

    Hello,

    I’m searching for places near kibbutz Tzuba (which is next to Mevasseret Zion) where i can dance
    – israeli dance,
    – salsa
    – zumba
    and where if possible young people (age 20-35) come too.

    Thanks,

    Deborah

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 6 months ago
  28. * Shlomit says:

    Hi!!
    Could someone please recommend a ballroom dance place in Jerusalem? Many thanks!!

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 4 months ago
  29. * rebecca says:

    Is there israeli dance class for mixed young ppl in the Jerusalem center area?Beginners

    Swing?
    Salsa?

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 4 months ago
  30. * Chuck says:

    Hi !
    I was wondering if there is anywhere that has modern dance classes for beginers, where a 25 year old guy would fit in…
    Anyplace like that in Jerusalem ?
    Thanks !

    | Reply Posted 6 years, 3 months ago
  31. * Eric says:

    Does anybody know of any clubs in Jerusalem near ben Yehuda that are good for teenagers lik 18 19 or 20 years old???

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 11 months ago
  32. * Mati says:

    Since this post Zumba Fitness has taken Israel by storm. Zumba is 70% latin style dance and 30% international. Anyone can do it and it’s fantastic fun.Burn calories dancing what could be better. You can join us at Elbaz Dance on Tuesdays at 19:00 or (men/women) or Fridays at 9:30 (women only). info@elbazdance.com or http://www.elbazdance.co.il

    Elbaz Dance also offers tons of classes for all levels and ages in Ballroom, salsa, ballet, hip hop and more

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 6 months ago
  33. * yehuda says:

    i am looking for a place to dance some ballroom dancing,I am in Israel for another Ten days, Looking to party style dance place not a class. thank you.
    Yehuda

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 1 month ago
  34. * alan watts says:

    We are on holiday in Jerusalem for 10 days, from 2nd Jan 2013.

    We love ballroom dancing, waltz, quickstep, rock’n’roll, foxtrot, cha cha

    Cam anyone recommend a hotel or other venue for dancing?

    Thanks, Alan & Niki (golden oldies)

    | Reply Posted 4 years, 4 months ago
  35. * Ruth Mason says:

    Studio 6 in Talpiot also offers hip hop and is the center for flash mobs. They speak English. But I just went to a fabulous swing class when I was in NYC at Dance Manhattan and I’d love to find an all-swing class in Jerusalem. Anyone know of one? Thanks for all this great info!

    | Reply Posted 3 years, 6 months ago
  36. * Nofar says:

    If anybody see this on 2016 – so know that every second wednsday night there is a great, authentic latin party in center of Jerusalem (close to Jaffa tram station). best vibes ever! the group of facebook, where u can see all events is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/924562504278223/

    | Reply Posted 1 year, 4 months ago


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