Madrid: Thyssen Bornemisza Exhibition

If you love fashion and photography, you won’t want to miss the work of Peruvian fashion photographer Mario Testino, which will be showcased in the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza starting on the 21st of September until January 9, 2011.  Together with Lancôme Paris, Testino’s exhibition, Todo o Nada, will attempt to capture the spectator in the personal essence of the “Mujer Testino.”

The exhibition will be comprised of 54 select celebrity photographs taken over Testino’s career, focusing on two concepts found in his work: fashion and nudity. This exhibition ventures beyond only fashion, incorporating photos that are concerned with the process and implications of the action of undressing.  The subjects Testino has chosen for this exhibition are all strong, independent, confident, women like Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Kate Moss, Elizabeth Hurley, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Lady Gaga – a spectrum of women who have become defining female fashion icons over the years until the present day.

Testino has photographed for many international magazines like Vogue, Allure, Vanity Fair, V Magazine, and The Face, lending his works to successful advertising campaigns for numerous fashion brands.  He has also published several books and has earned several awards for his achievements.  Over his career, Testino has acquired much recognition for his work, becoming one of the most celebrated fashion photographers in the industry today.

Palacio de Villahermosa, Paseo del Prado 8
(+34) 91 369 01 51
Metro: Banco de España

When: 21 September 2010 – 9 January 2011
Open Tuesdays – Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 19:00 p.m.
Ticket desks close at 18:30 Tickets: 5,00€
Reduced Price *At Ticket Counter with proof of status
(Senior Citizens, Students, Family Groups, Pensioners): 3,50€

By Anna Soria

Salsa in Madrid

For those who are in the salsa scene or for those beginners who want to learn, Salsea Madrid is hosting its second Annual Salsa Convention (Convención Salsea) from September 24 -26, 2010 in Hotel Foxa M-30 Madrid.  Salsea, a group that has been hosting Latin dance sessions for over 10 years, is organizing its second convention. Last years convention brought in more than 3,000 participants.

At this year’s convention, one can expect more of the same, as it spans 3 days packed full of dancing activities.   A typical day includes shows and workshops in types of dance including but not limited to Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Cha Cha Cha, Merengue, Tango, and Latin Jazz.  There will be 5 large rooms where the convention will take place, allowing participants to dance until the wee hours of the morning. On Sunday after the convention there will be a goodbye party in CATS (see below).

You can buy a full pass for the entire weekend (75 euros until the 20th of September) at Salsea venues like CATS (Sundays), La Siesta (Tuesdays), Shabay (Wednesdays), or in Zapatos Reina (Mondays-Saturdays).  The price for a full pass is higher at the door (85 euros), so it is best to buy your pass beforehand.

If you don’t want to go for the whole weekend – no problem!  You can pay for any individual day.  Listings of the workshops and prices along with online purchasing information can be found on the Convención Salsea website.

Whether you’re an expert dancer or if you feel like you were born with two left feet, there is something for you at the Convención Salsea.  While in Madrid, you should certainly take up this opportunity to learn some new dance moves, see some impressive shows, and meet new people in this lively environment.  In the best of cases, you could leave the Convención Salsea with new friends, new skills, and maybe even a newfound love of Latin dance.

WHERE: Hotel Foxa M-30 Calle de Serrano Galvache 14
METRO: Bambu
WHEN: Friday, 24 September at 19:00 p.m. – Sunday, 26 September at 15:30 p.m.

Best Places for Salsa in the City!

La Siesta
Paseo del General Martínez Campos, 19 28010
Metro: Iglesia

This venue is more hidden away and has a smaller dance floor than both Cats and Shabay.  However, La Siesta never lacks that family-feel between Salseros. Tuesdays from 22:00 p.m. – 03:00 a.m. Classes at 20:30 pm. 7 euros entrance.

Calle de Julián Romea, 4
Metro: Guzmán El Bueno

This venue is popular among students as it is located close to Ciudad Universitaria.  It boasts a large dance floor with a bar in the center, and also a stage for performances and classes. Sundays from 20:00 p.m. – 02:00 a.m. Classes at 18:30 p.m. 7 euros entrance

Calle de Miguel Ángel, 3 28010
Metro: Ruben Dario

Aesthetically one of the more appealing venues, with its oriental décor, big-screen tvs, and wrap-around seating areas, Shabay suits those who like to Salsa in comfort and style. Wednesdays from 22:00 p.m.– 03:00 a.m. Classes at 20:30 p.m. 8 euros entrance.

Dance Shoes!

Zapatos Reina
C/ Martin de Vargas 3, 28005
Metro: Embajadores

Todo Para El Baile. This store specializes in footwear, accessories, and clothing for ballet, flamenco, tango, and salsa.  Shoes and dancewear are also available in their online store.  In addition to being a dance store, Reina is also a dance school and historical shoe museum, earning the award for best collection of the History of Footwear in 1987.

By Anna Soria