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Salsa Splash Spain with Sensual Latin Weekend

Nights: 10 nights

Dates: 12/06/2015 to 22/06/2015

Holiday Code: SAL1625

from 669 GBP

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The ultimate Latin dance festival in the Spanish sunshine.

Mambo City's Salsa Splash Spain has been extended to offer a fabulous 10-night festival of dance, incorporating the Sensual Latin Dance Weekend, Salsa Splash Spain Weekend and time to chill by the pool, relax on the beach and party every night.

Kicking off with the Sensual Latin Dance Weekend, incorporating Bachata, Kizomba and Zouk Lambada (12 - 15 June), the year's biggest dance festival continues with daily salsa classes throughout the Salsa Splash week (16 - 22 June) building up to Salsa Splash Weekend (19 - 22 June). An all-encompassing dance holiday including TWO festivals!

During the week there will be time to enjoy the sights, laze by the pool and soak up some rays, as well as daily classes and nights out and both weekend festivals will offer competitions, great music and dance shows, pool parties and more.

The mega teacher line up includes Mauricio Reyes, Miguel & Mayana, Robert & Jean, Wyn Morris,  Jonny & Julia and more to be announced for classes in Kizomba, Bachata, Zouk, Salsa On 1, Salsa On 2, Cuban Salsa, Rueda, Cha Cha Cha and more. Your holiday, workshops and parties take place in the elegant four star Hotel AR Diamante Beach located on Levante Beach and with three swimming pools, gardens with terraces, fitness centre and spa and a choice of restaurants and bars.

Airport Coach Transfers: We have organised four coach departures on the arrival date, 12 June and five coach departures on the departure date, 22 June.

Please let us have your flight details so we can allocate you on the most suitable coach. Alternatively please let us know which coach times you would prefer.

Please allow an hour to clear customs on arrival at Alicante Airport on 12 June and allow 2 hours to check-in once you have arrived at Alicante Airport on 22 June.


12/06/15

Transfer Coach Departs Alicante Airport:

1030
1200
1600
1800

22/06/15

Transfer Coach leaves the hotel AR Diamante Beach:
0600
0800
1100
1500

If the above transfer times are unsuitable we can arrange a private transfer which will cost approximately 100€. An alternative is car hire. Please contact us if you would like us to arrange either.
   

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  • Full pass to the three night Sensual Latin Weekend event
  • Daily midweek classes with Mauricio Reyes, Miguel & Mayana, Robert & Jean and more
  • Full pass to the Salsa Splash Spain Weekend event, with additional teachers and 24 hours of master classes to choose from
  • Return shuttle transfer from Alicante Airport
  • 10 nights' half board accommodation at the four star Hotel AR Diamante Beach located on Levante Beach and with three swimming pools, gym, excellent spa and wellness centre and a choice of restaurants and bars
  • Bilingual Club Dance Holidays Tour Host
  • Floor shows and evening entertainment
  • Special salsa course for beginners
  • Pool parties every afternoon
  • Midweek visits to salsa clubs (some of these clubs will have free entrance where possible)
  • Optional "Sparties" - exclusive dance parties in the hotel's luxury spa with Cava and chocolate (payable locally)
  • Time to relax and enjoy the beach, pool and local sights
  • Orientation pack on arrival & Welcome Drink

NB the price does not include a return flight which we are happy to buy for you if you would like us to. There will be a £20 admin fee.

Airport Coach Transfers: We have organised four coach departures on the arrival date, 12 June and five coach departures on the departure date, 22 June.

Please let us have your flight details so we can allocate you on the most suitable coach. Alternatively please let us know which coach times you would prefer.

Please allow an hour to clear customs on arrival at Alicante Airport on 12 June and allow 2 hours to check-in once you have arrived at Alicante Airport on 22 June.


12/06/15

Transfer Coach Departs Alicante Airport:

1030
1200
1600
1800

22/06/15

Transfer Coach leaves the hotel AR Diamante Beach:
0600
0800
1100
1500

If the above transfer times are unsuitable we can arrange a private transfer which will cost approximately 100€. An alternative is car hire. Please contact us if you would like us to arrange either.
 

Located on the central Eastern coastline, Spain’s Costa Blanca is a popular destination for tourists who arrive every summer to take advantage of the warm climate, sun-drenched beaches, laid-back lifestyle and lively evening culture.  Calpe is situated approximately 60km from Alicante airport. With around 13.000 inhabitants, this unassuming former fishing village has become a popular resort.  A distinguishing feature of the town is the “Penon de Ifach”, an imposing rock which rises from the sea and creates a unique landscape for this coastal resort.

Calpe's two main beaches, the Cantal Roig and the Playa Arenal, are renowned for their long stretches of fine sand and clear waters, perfect for swimming and also popular with surfers. Protection from the wind by surrounding mountains means that the town’s beaches generally remain warm and the sea calm.

The port comes alive in the afternoon as the daily catch makes its way inland and diners are invited to sample the fresh local seafood for dinner in one of the many restaurants surrounding the harbour. As well as a good choice of restaurants serving local specialities (the Valencian Paella is a must-try!), there is a good selection of international dining choices including Argentinian, Italian and other European cuisine. Calpe boasts some fantastic bars and clubs playing a wide range of live music including Flamenco bars and karaoke pubs which remain open until the early hours of the morning. For a wilder evening, Benidorm is just 20 minutes by bus.

Shopping in Calpe offers the usual traditional local handicrafts such as wickerwork, ceramics and leather goods, as well as a wide assortment of souvenirs jewellery and trinkets.

Ambar Beach (Half Board) (Included) 

 Apartments are furnished to a high standard and offer one or two bedrooms, a large living area, balcony, kitchen facilities and bathroom (the two bedroom apartments have two bathrooms), as well as daily room service. Adjacent to the hotel Diamante Beach and with their own pool, guests at the apartments can also use all of the hotel facilities. An ideal choice for families or groups of friends.

Diamante Beach**** (Half Board) (Included) 

The AR Diamante Beach Spa is located on the Levante beach in the town of Calpe, a stunning location on the Costa Blanca in Spain’s Alicante province. The hotel’s unique style is characterised by its spectacular glass facade that lends an impressive source of natural illumination to the carefully designed interior.

There are no less than three outdoor pools, surrounded by attractive terraces dotted with palm trees and just a few steps from the seashore. The locally-renowned, modern Spa is one of the best on the Costa Blanca and has an additional indoor pool with water features as well as Turkish baths, sauna and an array of treatments. It has been totally renovated and opned to the public again in May 2013. There is also a gym and access to a nearby golf course.

Dining options include two a la carte restaurants serving local and international cuisine, a buffet restaurant, cafeteria and piano bar.

All 283 double rooms are attractively decorated and have large balconies, air conditioning, safe, wi-fi internet connection and private facilities and hairdryer.

In addition to the hotel rooms, we also have an exclusive arrangement with the AR Diamante Beach to use their attractive and spacious apartments (the Ambar Beach Apartments). Apartments are furnished to a high standard and offer one or two bedrooms, a large living area, balcony, kitchen facilities and bathroom (the two bedroom apartments have two bathrooms), as well as daily room service. Adjacent to the hotel and with their own pool, guests at the apartments can also use all of the hotel facilities. An ideal choice for families or groups of friends.

The ultimate Latin dance festival in the Spanish sunshine.

Mambo City's Salsa Splash Spain has been extended to offer a fabulous 10-night festival of dance, incorporating the Sensual Latin Dance Weekend, Salsa Splash Spain Weekend and time to chill by the pool, relax on the beach and party every night.

Kicking off with the Sensual Latin Dance Weekend, incorporating Bachata, Kizomba and Zouk Lambada (12 - 15 June), the year's biggest dance festival continues with daily salsa classes throughout the Salsa Splash week (16 - 22 June) building up to Salsa Splash Weekend (19 - 22 June). An all-encompassing dance holiday including TWO festivals!

During the week there will be time to enjoy the sights, laze by the pool and soak up some rays, as well as daily classes and nights out and both weekend festivals will offer competitions, great music and dance shows, pool parties and more.

The mega teacher line up includes Mauricio Reyes, Miguel & Mayana, Robert & Jean, Wyn Morris,  Jonny & Julia and more to be announced for classes in Kizomba, Bachata, Zouk, Salsa On 1, Salsa On 2, Cuban Salsa, Rueda, Cha Cha Cha and more. Your holiday, workshops and parties take place in the elegant four star Hotel AR Diamante Beach located on Levante Beach and with three swimming pools, gardens with terraces, fitness centre and spa and a choice of restaurants and bars.

Airport Coach Transfers: We have organised four coach departures on the arrival date, 12 June and five coach departures on the departure date, 22 June.

Please let us have your flight details so we can allocate you on the most suitable coach. Alternatively please let us know which coach times you would prefer.

Please allow an hour to clear customs on arrival at Alicante Airport on 12 June and allow 2 hours to check-in once you have arrived at Alicante Airport on 22 June.


12/06/15

Transfer Coach Departs Alicante Airport:

1030
1200
1600
1800

22/06/15

Transfer Coach leaves the hotel AR Diamante Beach:
0600
0800
1100
1500

If the above transfer times are unsuitable we can arrange a private transfer which will cost approximately 100€. An alternative is car hire. Please contact us if you would like us to arrange either.
   

Yes! This is the ULTIMATE dance holiday in the sunshine, a unique and unrivalled ten day extravaganza for anyone who loves dance.  Not only is it THE dance  event of the year, it is the perfect opportunity for first-time dancers to experience a Club Dance Holiday. Catering to all dance abilities, from complete beginners to advanced, Robert and Jean White of Mambo City bring their expert teaching and hosting to the sun-drenched beaches of Calpe.

Friday

Arrive at the Hotel AR Diamante Beach & Spa for check-in and welcome drink followed by the Sensual Latin Weekend opening party night, with dancing until late.

Saturday

Choose from a jam-packed dance schedule, with classes available all day long in Kizomba, Bachata and Zouk Lambada

Sensual Latin Weekend party night

Sunday

Choose from a jam-packed dance schedule, with classes available all day long in Kizomba, Bachata and Zouk Lambada

Sensual Latin Weekend party night

Monday

Chill out day before the Salsa Splash week begins. Laze by the pool, take a stroll on the beach or enjoy the hotel's spa.

Dancing at one of Calpe's top nightspots.

Tuesday

Spend the morning relaxing before Salsa Splash Spain kicks off with an evening salsa party in the hotel

Wednesday

After breakfast enjoy two hours of salsa classes followed by a stroll along the beach to Algass Beach Bar for a sun, sangria and afternoon pool party with buffet and drinks included (payable locally).

After a sociable dinner at the hotel we depart for one of Calpe's top nightclubs for a salsa night to remember.

Thursday

Morning salsa classes followed by time to enjoy the splendid hotel facilities (three swimming pools, health spa and massage, stroll on the beach or take and a dip in the sea).

Dinner at the hotel followed by an evening Salsa party in one of Calpe's top venues.

Friday

After breakfast enjoy a two hour salsa classes with the team followed by time to enjoy the splendid hotel facilities (three swimming pools, health spa and massage, stroll on the beach or take and a dip in the sea). Take a break for lunch and await the arrival of our weekend guests.

Afternoon Salsa and Sangria pool party with informal dancing in the sun.

Dinner at the hotel followed by one of Mambo City's legendary Beach Parties - a fantastic evening dancing Salsa and socialising with good friends while the sun sets over the stunning Mediterranean sea. Kick off the 24 hour weekend Salsa Splash event and welcome the weekend attendees in style, on Calpe's beautiful Levante Beach. The party will continue late into the night, with dancing in the hotel.

Saturday

Day 1 of our Salsa Splash Weekend workshop program with over 12 hours of classes to choose from with Mambo City's impressive teaching team including Salsa On1, On2, Cuban Salsa, Rueda, Rumba, Soca Dance and Street Dance.

Dinner at the hotel followed by another legendary Salsa Splash party night. Theme: TBC.

Sunday

Day 2 of our Salsa Splash Weekend workshop program with another 12 hours of classes to choose from with Mambo City's expert teacher line up and including Salsa On1, On2, Cuban Salsa, Rueda, Rumba, Soca Dance and Street Dance.

Evening Gala dinner at the hotel and farewell party with spectacular floor shows by our invited performers. Continue the with dancing to music by DJ Cruz.

The party theme is Dress to Impress

Monday

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay with extra nights in Calpe (please ask us for details).
 

The Sensual Latin Dance Weekend will include a full schedule of workshops in Bachata, Kizomba and Zouk and the schedule will be announced soon.

There will be daily classes during the week leading up to the Salsa Splash Weekend where you will be immersed in 24 hours of workshops, catering for all levels.

Midweek Classes will be with Mauricio Reyes, Miguel & Mayana, Robert & Jean White. More teachers will join for the weekend programme.

Sensual Latin Dance Weekend

Zouk Lambada
Partner Dance
Teaching you the principal techniques of leading and following, and how to create and maintain a connection with your partner so that the dance can flow effortlessly.

Styling classes
Zouk Styling classes allow you to practice and perfect the movements which you will need for the partner dance classes, and to develop skills which will make you a stronger and more sensual dancer.
As well as body isolations, spins, hip, head, arm and torso movements. Each movement has different elements, which can be learned at an elementary level, or make it more difficult by adding arms, head etc. So there is something for all dance abilities.

Kizomba
Kizomba emphasizes a very smooth way of dancing with influences of Tango steps, but one of the main differences is that the lower body, the hip, does forward/backwards and circle movements. People dance on the tempo, as well as playing on the off beat and only sometimes using syncopation steps.

Dancing kizomba is a unique experience – standing really close together, partners move in sensual wavy movement, where leading and being led finds a new dimension. As a dance that is fun but also teaches the basic steps to other related rhythms, kizomba is all about “connecting people".

Bachata
Bachata originated in the Dominican Republic and is danced widely all over the world but not identically. The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat. The knees should be slightly bent so the performer can sway the hips easier. Generally, most of the dancer's movement is in the lower body up to the hips, and the upper body moves much less.

In partnering, the lead can decide whether to perform in open or closed position. Dance moves, or step variety, during performance strongly depends on the music (such as the rhythms played by the different instruments), setting, mood, and interpretation. Unlike Salsa, Bachata dance does not usually include complex turn patterns but they are used more and more as the dance evolves. The leading is done just like in most other social dances, with a “pushing and pulling” hand and arm communication. Hand and arm communication is better conveyed when most of the movement is performed by the lower body (from waist down); i.e. hips and footwork.


Salsa Splash

Cross Body Style
A sample programme can include:
Improvers
Focus on connection with partner, Shines, Turn Patterns, Rhythm & Musicality

Intermediate
Better connection in partner work, more advance partner work

Advanced
Dynamics in motion, difficult sequences, variations

Shines
Footwork origination for swing, tap and jazz dance, now used in salsa dancing

Partner work / Turn patterns

Cross Body Style
There are 3 distinct style of Crossbody dancing, 1-LA, 2-New York On2, 3-New York On1

Los Angeles style
Basic step for LA-style, with leader's steps in blue.
L.A. style is danced on 1, in a slot, with a measure of easiness and adaptability to it. It is strongly influenced by the Mambo, Swing, Argentine Tango and Latin Ballroom L.A. style places strong emphasis on sensuousness, theatricality, aerobics, and musicality. The lifts, stunts and aerial works of today's salsa shows are derived mostly from L.A. Style forms with origins in Latin Ballroom and Ballet lifts.
The two essential elements of this dance are the forward–backward basic as described above and the cross-body lead. In this pattern, the leader steps forward on 1, steps to the right on 2-3 while turning 90 degrees counter-clockwise (facing to the left), leaving the slot open. The follower then steps straight forward on 5-6 and turns on 7-8, while the leader makes another 90 degrees counter-clockwise and slightly forward, coming back into the slot. After these 8 counts, the leader and follower have exchanged their positions.

New York style On2
Like LA-style salsa, New York style is danced in a line. However, unlike LA style, it is danced on the second beat of the music ("on 2"), and the follower steps forward on the first measure of the music, not the leader. The etiquette of New York Style is strict about remaining in the "slot" and avoiding traveling dancing in a sandbox area with a lot of spins, turns and styling. There is greater emphasis on performing "shines" in which dancers separate themselves and dance solo with intricate footwork and styling for a time—suspected origins from Swing and New York Tap.
Though he did not create New York style salsa, Eddie Torres is credited with popularizing it, and for having the follower step forward on the second beat of the first measure.
There are two distinct developments of New York Salsa as a music and dance genre:
1. Primary original evolution from Mambo era when Cuban music was introduced to New York due to influx of migrating Cuban dissidents and Latin migrants during Pre/Post Cuban Revolution in the 1950s and 1960s. This era is known as the "Palladium Era". At this time, the music and dance was called "Mambo" or "Rhumba" -- connoting the general term without being specific.
2. Secondary evolution during the late 1970s, Latin migrants, particularly Puerto Ricans, contributed to the New York Salsa development during the "NuYorican" era of Hector Lavoe which greatly popularized salsa as a term and modern Latin music throughout the world. Salsa superstars were "discovered" during the era, such as Ray Baretto ("The Godfather") and Celia Cruz ("The Queen of Salsa"). There are also salsa artists that transcend both periods, notably the legendary Puerto Rican Tito Puente ("The Mambo King").
These two developments create a fusion of a new salsa music and dance genre, different than its Latin American and L.A. Style counterparts.
New York style salsa emphasizes harmony with the percussive instruments in salsa music, such as the congas, timbales, and clave, since many or all of those instruments often mark the second beat in the music

New York style On1
In the mid 1990's a group of dancers headed to New York to learn Crossbody dancing, MamboCity was one of these groups, the style there teach is an adaptation of New York On2 taught On1,

Cuban Style
Cuban style, also known as Casino, Casino traces its origin as a partner dance from Cuban Son dancing, and its rhythmic body motions from Afro-Cuban Rumba heritage. Son is considered an older version and ancestor to Salsa, it is danced in a circular motion, where the follower travels around their partner.
Son is danced on delay measure upbeat (contra-tiempo) following the 2-3 clave (Son Clave) whereas Casino is usually danced on the downbeat break of 1 or 3 (a-tiempo). Musically, the beats 1, 3, 5 and 7 are considered downbeats; whereas 2, 4, 6 and 8 are considered upbeats. Casino was popularized in the late 1950s as the Cuban Son received upbeat and quicker arrangements by musicians. Casino has a very independent development, free from external influences such as Puerto Rican and North American dances partly due to the effect of the Cuban Embargo

Rueda de Casino (Rueda, Casino Rueda, Salsa Rueda) is a particular type of round dancing of Salsa. It was developed in Havana, Cuba in the late 1950s and early 1960s by the group Guaracheros de Regla and one of its main choreographers and creators was Jorge Alfaro from San Miguel del Padrón, a soloist of a comparsa.
Pairs of dancers form a circle, with dance moves called out by one person, a caller (or "líder" or "cantante" in Spanish). Many moves have hand signs to complement the calls; these are useful in noisy venues, where spoken calls might not be easily heard. Many moves involve the swapping of partners.
The names of the moves are mostly in Spanish, some in English (or Spanglish; e.g., "un fly"). Some names are known in slightly different versions, easily recognizable by Spanish-speaking dancers, but may be confusing to the rest.


 

Robert and Jean White of Mambo City: "Our first Salsa experience, was at a night club in Toronto Canada in 1992, where the Salsa night was hosted by Josie Neglia but it wasn’t until we returned to London that we decided to take lessons with the first generation of UK Instructors, Xihomara Granados, Nelson Batiste, Ramiro Zapata and Zina. We were first introduced to cross body style dancing by Pedro Gomez and have since gone on to work with and learn different styles from salsa luminaries including Eddie Torres, Nelson Flores (Descarga Latina), Thomas Guerrero (SantoRico), Frankie Martínez and more. Owing to these influences, we have experienced styles ranging from Columbian and Cuban Salsa, to the Cross Body styles "On 1" / "On 2" and Cha Cha Cha. It was in May 1999, on a visit to the first SalsaWeb Convention (which was hosted in Washington DC), that we became inspired to launch Mambo City. Our first class was attended by about 15 of our friends and steadily grew. The following month (November) we got involved in promoting a New York dance group who wanted to come to the UK, led by Luis Zegarra of Fuerza Latina and Ismael Otero of Caribean Soul. This happend by chance, due a promoter who was responsible for organising the event pulling out and this saw the beginning of our work as salsa promoters. We have since organised and promoted numerous events both in the UK and abroad and our salsa congresses attract up to 1000 people".

Mauricio Reyes Originally from Latin America but based in Birmingham (UK), Mauricio Reyes is the founder of Latin Motion, the biggest salsa outfit in the Midlands since it was established in the early 1990's. Mauricio has been dancing and listening to salsa all of his life and has been teaching salsa dance since the tender age of 17. As a DJ he is guaranteed to read the crowd, spinning a broad range of top salsa, from NY to LA, Colombian to Cuban playing and teaching regularly all over the Midlands, the UK and abroad. He is a regular DJ at some of the UKs biggest salsa events, and has been awarded 'Top UK Salsa DJ', 'Top Regional Promoters' & 'Services to Salsa' awards at repeatedly over the years. As a dedicated salsa DJ, dance instructor and promoter for well over two decades, he has introduced & inspired a huge number of people to Salsa, including many other Salsa dance teachers around UK and abroad.

Miguel and Mayana. Miguel: Corona Salsa Champion 2001, Scala Latina Salsa Champion 2003, UKA Salsa Champion 2006-2007, UK Professional Salsa Champion 2007. These are just some of his rewards and achievements since he started this amazing journey 12 years ago. Miguel’s music interpretation is a gift from his musician parents, this knowledge and experience makes him stand out in his performances and freestyle. His personality and love of Salsa is contagious.
Mayana: Mayana’s love for dance started at an early age. She followed her heart and went to one of the best Russian Dance Academies in the country, where she studied different dance styles from traditional dance through to contemporary. Mayana went on to teach various dance styles until she found Salsa. In 2007 she became a UK Professional London Salsa Champion. What really makes her unique is her dance style. She combines all her knowledge of various dances; this creates her own signature which portrays her as an elegant and stylish dancer.

Wyn Morris Wyn has been dancing salsa for 16 years and has been teaching for 12 years. Wyn dances the following styles: Cuban, NY On2, Colombian, Rueda de Casino and Kizomba. Wyn has been with the Mambo City team for 12 years, where he teaches Salsa on 1 Cuban Salsa and Rueda de Casino at Mambo City classes and weekend events. Wyn has attended dance courses in Cuba and Colombia and taught and performed in Sweden and Miami.

 

  

International cuisine:  Calpe offers a choice of restaurants offering locally caught fresh seafood as well as international cuisine including modern and traditional Spanish, Italian, Chinese and much more.

What are optional extras?  In addition to your holiday we also offer you a variety of optional extras to make your holiday even richer and add some local colour.  You can buy your optional extras at the welcome meeting at the beginning of your holiday.  We will ask you to pay in cash and fill out a form.  These are the optional extras that we anticipate running – actual details and prices will be confirmed on arrival. Some may require minimum numbers.

Sparty (Friday) - £25 per person. An exclusive dance party in the hotel's luxury spa. From 1am until 3am there will be music and dancing, the chance to dip in the pool and even Cava and chocolates - a really luxury late night party. Numbers are limited so don't delay.

 

On Arrival: You will receive a detailed itinerary and details of any optional extras. We also include information on the local sights, recommended restaurants and other helpful tips.

Tour Host: Over the week you will have a tour host who will be available to help you with any questions that you may have. They are present from the pickup at the airport until you go home, and also actively participate in the social events. Whilst it should be noted that tour hosts cannot be present at every moment (as they sometimes must prepare other activities for your holiday), their role is to facilitate as much as possible that you have an unforgettable holiday. They normally go to bed at around 1’o clock in the morning and you should continue to enjoy your evening.

Overview of the Week and Welcome Drink: At the beginning of the week there is an Overview of the Week where your tour host will tell you about all details of your holiday. At the Overview of the Week you can buy your optional extras (see below). Also at the start of the week, Dance Holidays will invite you to be our guest to a drink.

Getting Around: You are responsible for making your own way to the dance classes and meeting points on the itinerary. We will point out those times when it is sensible to take a taxi.

Free time: We encourage you to explore the local area and make use of the excellent hotel facilities. This can be done when you please around the activities and dance classes that we have organized for you. Your tour host will be on hand for any queries you may have about the local area.

Banks and Money: The easiest way to buy obtain euros is by using a credit card at the cashpoints which are located at five minutes walking distance from the hotel. You can buy small amounts, as often as you like, at any time, without queuing. You will need to know your P.I.N. Bank opening hours are normally 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Banks will change cash, travellers cheques and will sell you currency on your credit card providing the lines are open. You will always need to show your passport at a bank.

Tipping is generally not that common in Spain. There is no need to tip taxis but it is usual to leave a 5 - 10% tip at a restaurant if you are particularly pleased with your dinner/lunch.

We feel our tour hosts work hard to give you an exceptional holiday and sometimes you may find that they add some special touches which are beyond the call of duty. If you agree with us, you might wish to show your appreciation by way of a tip. You can do this by putting money in an envelope on your own or by getting together with other guests. This evidently is entirely at your discretion.

Making friends with the Locals and people not on the holiday: The dance classes and dance evening events in the hotel at night are exclusive to Dance Holidays clients. Generally, we discourage people who are not on the holiday from joining our activities and we ask for your discretion is this respect. By all means, outside of the itinerary, do mix with other holidaymakers staying in the hotel.

Salsa / Kizomba / Zouk Lambada / Bachata Splash offers you nightly entertainment including legendary weekend party nights with dancing and shows in the company of some of the best names in the dance world.  In addition to music from top DJs in their field there will be showcase performances.   During the week there will be informal salsa evenings and fun Mambo City style with Robert and Jean White in the hotel and at outside venues in Calpe.    Weekend party themes will be announced soon.   On Sunday nights we Dress to Impress.

This 10-day holiday is suitable for dancers of all levels. There will be classes for beginners up to advanced and although we recommend that you try a few classes before you go, an intensive schedule of dance will allow you to improve your skills, often dramatically.

For salsa dancers, the holiday is a fantastic opportunity to try something new, whether it be Zouk, Kizomba or Bachata. And, of course, this works both ways. We can guarantee that you will return with new skills and unforgettable memories.

Flights: The standard price advertised does not include a return flight out to the event.  We suggest flying to Alicante airport (approx. forty minutes from the hotel in Calpe).

Airport Coach Transfers: We have organised four coach departures on the arrival date, 10 June and four coach departures on the departure date, 16 June.

Please let us have your flight details so we can allocate you on the most suitable coach. Alternatively please let us know which coach times you would prefer.

Please allow an hour to clear customs on arrival at Alicante Airport on 10 June and allow 2 hours to check-in once you have arrived at Alicante Airport on 16 June.


10/06/14

Transfer Coach Departs Alicante Airport:

1030
1200
1600
1800

16/06/14

Transfer Coach leaves the hotel AR Diamante Beach:
0600
0800
1100
1500

If the above transfer times are unsuitable we can arrange a private transfer which will cost approximately 100€. An alternative is car hire. Please contact us if you would like us to arrange either.
  

Making Your Own Way to Your Hotel in Calpe:  Should you not want to take our shuttle transfer from Alicante Airport or if you are flying in to an alternate airport you can reach your hotel in the following ways:

Taxi from Alicante Airport: Take a taxi from for approximately 100€.

Public Transport from Alicante Airport:  Take a bus from the airport terminal to Benidorm bus station. From here, you can catch a direct bus to Calpe. For timetables and fares please go to: http://www.alsa.es/en/

Books on Spain: It may be worth your while reading up on your destination before you go. Penelope Casas writes beautifully on Spain, such as "The Blue Guide" or "The Foods and Wines of Spain." Ian Gibson’s "The Fire in the Blood" is one of the most fascinating insights into Spanish Culture.
 
Budgeting for your holiday: Here are some guidelines on prices, to help you do your own calculations. Please refer to the optional extra section of the fact sheet for the prices of the optional extras.
Three course meal including drinks in the centre of town:  25 - 30 euros
An evening of tapas and drinks: 15 euros
Rum and coke: 6 euros
Beer:  3 euros
Coffee: 2 euros

Health and Fitness: There are no particular health requirements for a dance holiday. However you should be able to dance for at least two hours a day in order to be able to enjoy the workshop/socials.

Insurance, Visa and Passport Requirements: Refer to the brochure for full details. In brief, Insurance is a condition of booking. Visas may be required for non EU citizens. British nationals need a full passport to travel to Spain.

Travel Documents: You receive these 10 days prior to departure. 


Weather:
Calpe is located on the Costa Blanca and so the climate is always mild and nearly always sunny. 

Average temperatures:

January 10C
February 13C
March 13C
April 14C
June 21C
July 25C
August 25C
September 22C
October 18C
November 16C
December 12C

What to wear for dancing:  We recommend that you bring shoes with a leather sole for the dance classes and the evenings.  You might also want to bring blochs dance trainers with you as well. Your shoes should be comfortable and supportive. Wear lightweight cotton socks to avoid sweaty and blistered feet!  Wear comfortable loose clothing for the classes.  We expect the Salsa Nights to be quite dressy so bring some glam gear with you for the evenings!

Useful Things to Bring
Camera
Swimming costume and suntan lotion
Summer/Autumn clothing for day
Jacket for evenings
This fact sheet and Joining Instructions
Passport, money, plane ticket.