Salsa Eastbourne@Chin-Chin

This post is not about Argentine Tango, so look away now if you are not interested. 🙂

As most of you probably already know, there is no Argentine Tango (not yet, but I am working on it) in Eastbourne.  Therefore, I have been utilizing the dance options available to me locally.  Currently, I am doing Bellydancing, Salsa, and LeRoc.  I am really loving the Bellydancing right now, but it clashes with the Tuesday night salsa class.

So, when Chrissy P contacted me about Salsa@Chin-Chin on Wednesdays I thought I would give it a try.  How could I not?  The place is just around the corner from me! 🙂  Chin-Chin is a new Tapas Bar and Lounge/Wine Bar on Grove Road, nr. The Town Hall and a couple of minutes walk up from The Train Station.

Salsa Eastbourne@Chin-Chin is on every Wednesday and they have been running for about 5 weeks now.  There is a beginner’s class from 7:30-8:30pm.  I was warned that the numbers are a bit low and that there were mostly beginners.  It obviously takes a bit of time to get things up and running and to spread the word.

I went along after the class, about 8:30.  I was met by the friendly barman, Andy, who informed me that the salsa was upstairs.  The class had just finished and there were a few people having a dance.  I found Chrissie P and introduced myself.  She is a lovely and friendly hostess and has been dancing and teaching Salsa for some time now.  As there were not enough men this evening, Chrissie took the lead and danced with the ladies too.  I had a little go, although a bit rusty, and enjoyed myself.  There happened to be another lady  there that I was acquainted with so that made my visit even more pleasurable.

The room upstairs has a small bar  on the left and is broken up into two sections.  There is a larger area for dancing  at the back and a smaller area in the front on the right for sitting and drinking.  I didn’t notice anywhere to hang up coats, but it wasn’t very busy so I put my jacket on the back of a chair with my bag.  One can easily see through to the dance area from the sitting area.  The sitting area has a couple of long benches with a few tables and chairs.  The flooring throughout is wood or laminate (I will have to re-visit and update this post) and felt lovely to dance on.

The entrance fee for the class and dancing is £5 and includes a drink from the bar.  My friendly barman Andy, who can also dance, brought up a glass of white wine for me. 🙂  (normally, one pays at the bar downstairs)

I only stayed for about an hour as it was very quiet.  However, I am happy to come on a regular basis as the people are friendly and I don’t mind dancing with beginners.  They don’t stay that way forever!  I am confident that the numbers will pick up.

On my way out I met the owner of Chin-Chin, another Chrissie.  She is also a newbie to Eastbourne and we got chatting.  She opened up Chin-Chin about 5 months ago and she loves music.  So there are regular music nights featuring jazz, blues and other types on the weekends.  Chin-Chin downstairs (the main area) has a lovely cozy feel to it, sort of like being in someone’s sitting room or conservatory.  I would be quite happy to come here to chill out and have a glass of wine on my own.  I could see this being my new local.  I am also quite partial to Tapas, so if I don’t feel like cooking….

So, people of Eastbourne and around, please come to Salsa@Chin-Chin on a Wednesday.  Remember, the more you go out and practice, the quicker you will pick it up.  It’s good to try new things!  Parking is free on the street after 6pm.

Please note that I have listed this venue and event on the Eastbourne Dance Calendar.


(PS: I am thinking it could make a nice cozy venue (like The Wine Bar) for a Milonga on a Monday nite.  Anyone want to help me teach a beginner’s class?)


Nothing Much to Say

If I haven’t written much lately it is because I haven’t been dancing.  I have taken a bit of a break from dancing anything. No Tango, no Belly Dancing, no LeRoc, no Salsa.  I haven’t been dancing partly because I have been busy doing other things and haven’t had the energy for it, or I just haven’t felt like it.  I think I lost my dancing mojo there for a little while.

Instead of dancing, I have been making a nest.  Moving to a new place can be challenging,  but trying to get anything done without knowing who to call makes it doubly so.  The hard work has finally paid off and  although there is still some more work to be done I am now ready to get back to dancing.

A couple of weeks ago when I came up to London, I went to a milonga.  There was live music and a performance.  I danced three tandas the whole evening with two different people.  I spent most of my time sitting on the sidelines watching the dancers.  There were very few dancers who danced in the style I prefered, and some of them would never ask me for whatever reason.  That was ok and I enjoyed watching them.  The rest I have no comment.  I have decided to stay away from making negative remarks or to keep them to a minimum.  Considering that the dancing, in my opinion, was less than ideal, I nevertheless stayed quite late.  If I was entertained, it was for completely different reasons.  I enjoyed my dances immensely.  My evening might have ended on a low note if I had a less than pleasant dance experience, but it didn’t.

Regardless, I am back in the mood for dancing.   There is no Tango in Eastbourne, so I do other dance forms that are available to me.  As there was no Belly Dancing class last night  I went to Salsa instead and had a lovely evening.  My goal is to do both in one evening.   Doing both is going to be a challenge as the Belly Dancing class is a super workout and I might need a little time to recover, freshen up and change in order to make one of the Salsa classes.  Although I already know how to dance Salsa, I like to do the class as it is a good way to meet people.  I don’t do the classes at LeRoc.  I find them over-complicated, and when they add Tango elements it makes me cringe.  In any event, I don’t have problems getting dances there.

As this blog is about Tango I don’t usually report on the other styles, but I am happy to answer any questions about my experiences.  I am not dancing much Tango because I am not up in London very often, so I really haven’t got much to say right now.  I still have opinions, but I would prefer to express myself in positive ways.  As the saying goes, ‘If you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.’

Instead, I live in the moment and enjoy whatever I am doing for what it is there and then.  If its great, that’s wonderful, if not, well it is what it is and that is that.

So, with nothing more to say, I will wait until my next Tango embrace and dance to the music in the moment.


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