Dance has been described as a way to let go; a way to lose yourself. Moving to the ancient rhythms of the music it’s the ultimate sense of freedom. For those times when you want more than to bask on a Balinese beach or traipse around quaint European villages, learn the art of dance to give you a sense of accomplishment and extra bragging rights. Global dance retreats change the way you move and ensure good times both during and after your vacation.
Why should I try one?: Solo travelers will find instant companions for meals, laughs, and those times when a selfie just won’t get that shot you’re looking for. Lessons abroad mean you can train your two left feet far from home with freedom and anonymity you aren’t likely to find at your local dance school. Finally, new place, new food, new language, new moves, what’s not to love?
What to expect: Dance retreats offer a full schedule of activities in a boutique setting to keep you comfortable both on and off the dance floor. Most retreats include luxe accommodation, all classes, and at least some of your meals. Many offer activities and excursions you can participate in at extra cost. Look for accommodations offering spa services to massage your tired limbs after a day of dancing.
There are hundreds of different dance styles around the world allowing you to tap into the local culture and shake your hips. Here are our top suggestions to bring you back bronzed, relaxed, and with a brand new skill to boot:
Sahara Dance: Belly dance your way around Bali, Costa Rica, or Washington D.C.
Solyoga Tango + Tantra: Tango and stretch through Buenos Aires with this Argentinian Tango & Yoga Retreat
Cirque Fire Dance: For the alternative or adventure traveler, learn to Fire Dance in Costa Rica
Delilah’s Belly Dance Retreat: Don your hip scarf and master the tantalizing art of belly dancing on the Big Island of Hawaii
Salsa Retreat: A week-long cultural and high energy retreat offering the chance to learn salsa dancing in its native country in Oaxaca, Cuba.
The Spin Summit: Join hoop dancing, fire spinning, juggling, flow wand, burlesque and other mesmerizing dance arts instructors in Colorado May 1-4, 2014
Where will you be the next time you hit the dance floor?