Baila Duro – Best Salsa Dance Venue in Cleveland Ohio

11Jun10

Baila Duro Lounge Review (Held at Philippine Hall, Parma, Ohio)

Last Visit: June 2010

When: First Sunday of The Month,  6:00 pm  – 9:00 pm

Cost: $10.00

This is a one and only, and one of a kind monthly salsa dance social in Cleveland. This salsa venue has been going on since 2006. The good thing about this venue is that you can find most of the hard-core salsa dancers as well as not-so-regulars here. This venue attracts also many out-of-town regular visitors, or perhaps many people are attracted to this venue due to out-of-town regular visitors.  Plenty of dance space. But even the large dance floor can get crowded. So one can see how popular this venue is among the salsa dancers in the area.

The dance is held  in Philippine American Hall in Parma (a suburb of Cleveland, OH), the dance is held on a spacious floor.

I got there around 6:45 pm. The floor was already filled with lots of dancers. According to my past experience, most of the time, there is just a lot of dancers of all the different levels.  One thing I love about this venue is that, unlike at salsa night clubs, everyone is there to dance, not to just hang out and watch. So, when I ask for a dance, I don’t have to worry if the lady can dance or not. And I can see that everyone loves to dance with everybody.

The other good thing about this venue is that you cannot find women focusing on text messaging, unlike at the salsa night clubs,  for some reason. I say day and night club difference !

RATINGS

  • Ambiance: 7 out of 10
  • Music: 8 out of 10
  • Dancer-Friendliness: 10 out of 10

EXPLANATION OF RATINGS

Ambiance: Strictly salsa – no bars and no drinking here. But the space has large dance floor. It is fun to see so many dancers all dancing.  The ambiance is like, so to speak, a dance hall. Perhaps not as exciting as a night club. So ambiance is 7 out of 10

Music: DJ plays salsa 97% of the time. (Yeah !) A few cha-chas are mixed in and  one or two bachatas. No merengue.  This is totally fine for me, being a salsa dancer. I had written in my other reviews that I do not care for other club dances. So if you are into total salsa dancing, like me, you will love this venue.  Salsa music is decent.  In my opinion, perhaps occasionally, I hear salsa that is too jazzy. My personal taste is that they(salsa and jazz) are not compatible. Other than that this is pretty much dancer-friendly salsa music in Cleveland.  One thing about the sound system. When I danced right next to the  speakers, I noticed that music kind of blasts very loud. But I guess this cannot be helped as long as they have this venue at this location.

8 out of 10

Dancer-Friendliness:

I judge dancer-friendliness by how pleasant it is for salsa dancers to try to dance salsa at the venue. The plus: The dance floor is hardwood – beautiful !  (but on a sticky side. I would request them to put a little more wax for the dancers.)

  • Hardwood floor
  • Good DJ
  • No junk music
  • Nice suburban location
  • Crazy Party crowd does not show here
  • Salsa dance savvy crowd
  • TGIS  —- Thank God It’s Sunday!
  • No worry parking

The minus:

  • Ends at 9:15 pm.  I would like to keep on dancing. But I know most of the people have to be waking up early Monday morning. How about if you had this venue on Saturday night so we can dance till like 12 midnight?

Dancer Friendliness = 10 out 10

For salsa dancers who want to be out and dancing in Cleveland or around Ohio, this is the best venue. Don’t miss it ever.

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