Spanish and Latin dance

Puerto Plata, Sosua, Dominican Republic

per person

Holiday Itinerary

Whatever your level; choosing to combine Spanish lessons in Sosua, situated in the Dominican Republic on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, with Latin and Afro-Caribbean dance lessons is the best way to accelerate your learning experience.

You will be taught by highly qualified native Spanish speakers who have a passion for teaching and use proven teaching techniques.

In the morning, you will head down to the language school for your Spanish classes. Then, in the afternoon, switch things up with learning to dance Dominican Salsa, Bachata, and the Merengue, the most dear to the Dominicans’ souls, taught by highly qualified and passionate Latin dance instructors.

Immerse yourself in the local culture and progress rapidly by practising your new found language and dance skills in your free time. Take home two new skills that will stay with you long after your trip is over.

Who is this suitable for?
- Suitable for all Spanish language levels from complete beginners to advanced
- Dance lessons are suitable for all levels as they will be private dance lessons
- Minimum age 16

Who are our guests?
- People come from all over the world and you’ll meet a mix of language speakers so that you use the language you are learning rather than resorting to chatting in English
- Ages vary, but the typical language learner falls into the 20-60 age bracket though we have no age limit;  we’ve had guests in their 70s, 80s and even 90s studying languages with us
- During the summer and in university holiday times the average age typically drops and there are many guests in their 20s
- Over 90% of our language learners travel solo and every school organises social and cultural activities to help you get to know others at the school outside of class
- Of course, everyone shares a passion or interest in discovering a new language and culture

When can I start?
- The school is open year round
- Spanish and Dance courses start on Mondays and finish on Fridays
- This language and dance course is also available for 2 weeks or longer, click here for more information: Spanish and Latin Dance Holiday, 2 weeks

Class schedule
- Spanish classes run daily Monday through Friday each week
- Classes are usually from 9am - 12:30pm
- You will have 4 group classes per day lasting 45 minutes each
- You will have a short break between classes
- If there is only one student in your level, classes will be reduced and you will receive 10 private lessons instead and they usually take place in the afternoon
- Dance lessons will be scheduled in the afternoon and usually take place Monday - Thursday
- Dance lessons will be private and are 4 times a week for 1 hour
- All dance lessons will be in Spanish to help you improve your language skills while learning to dance
- PLEASE NOTE: all dance lessons are held at a professional dance school in Cabarete, located about 20 minutes from the school via public transport

Important information: dance school location
- Dance lessons will take place in the nearby town of Cabarete, a surfer’s paradise
- Many students travel to and from Cabarete to Sosua each day via public transport
- Windsurfers have their spot at Cabarete Bay and the kite-surfers next to the bay at the Cabarete Kite Beach but it is also popular for those who like to explore the beach bars and restaurants
- Public transportation, minivans or so called guaguas as well as shared taxis, must be used to reach the dance lessons in Cabarete and cost about 1 USD per way on the route Sosua/Cabarete, taking 20 minutes
- This mode of transport sometimes needs a certain number of passengers before departing and once the vehicle is en route, passengers can stop it wherever they want to get on or off - this can sometimes mean that the journey takes longer than 20 minutes
- For most travellers, this is an authentic local experience and one of the ways to immerse themselves into the Dominican culture and Dominican way of life

What will I learn?
- The grammatical basis of the language, Castellano, is taught, as well as the linguistic differences between the Spanish spoken in Latin-America and in Spain
- The language school focuses greatly on providing students with the opportunity to practice speaking so lessons will be fun and interactive
- You’ll focus on the four main language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing
- In the dance lessons, you will learn about Dominican Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata
- During the dance lessons you will not only learn the steps, but also the body language and Dominican attitude expressed through dance and music
- Please note that the dance lessons are private so lessons can be tailored to suit your needs

What should I wear for the dance lessons?
- Wear comfortable clothes that you can move easily in
- Wear shoes suitable for dancing, ideally with a sturdy, low heel

What can I do in my free time?
- The school offers about 3 different excursions/activities throughout the week, usually culture, sports & water sports related due to the location of Sosua
- You will have plenty of free time to explore the local area and practice your newfound language skills, kick back and relax in your beautiful surroundings, or explore the lively coastal town nightlife

Level test
- When you enrol in a course, you will be emailed a language assessment test for you to complete so you can be placed in the correct level - this should be done two weeks prior to your arrival
- This test will assess your understanding of the language and will help the course organisers to place you in the right group class for your level

Other information
- We recommend you bring a small dictionary with you or use online dictionaries on your smartphone / tablet on the school's WiFi

Optional extras
- This school offers transfers to and from Puerto Plata airport for an additional charge which can be booked during the booking process; see the 'Costings and extras' tab for prices and more information
- Accommodation in the Student Residence can be booked as an optional extra during the booking process; for more information see the 'Optional accommodation' tab