I'm a 27 year old uni student who loves to keep busy in this great city. Follow me as I show you my favourite little places and things to do!
Published August 23rd 2012
So there I was, it was 7pm on Sunday and I found myself standing at the back of a dimly lit bar stumbling my way through a salsa dance class trying not to hurt myself or someone else as I attempted to get into the groove. The weekend had been pretty quiet up until that point and I wasn't ready for Monday to come and give me another five days of boredom. My wife had heard about an amazing party at Casablanca Bar and Grill on a Sunday night and decided that it was time that we checked it out, so there we were, following the steps with nervous smiles on our faces trying not to look too out of place. My nervousness quickly subsided however when we started the partners dancing and I was reassured of my dancing ability by the regular attenders who show up early to not only help with the class, but also to get warmed up for the real party that was to come.
After the class we had built up quite an appetite so decided to head upstairs to the restaurant and sample some of the fine international cuisine on offer, and not to mention at least one or two of the brews on the extensive list of international beers on offer which, might I add, Casablanca boasts the largest collection in Australia. The menu was great with everything from pizza to steaks to specialty dishes inspired by flavours from all over the world. Needless to say, the food was amazing but while we were eating we could hear the party really start to kick into gear downstairs, so after a quick dessert we went back down to see what we were missing.
By this time it was around 8:30 and the dance party was in full swing. There was little more than standing room available if you weren't dancing and despite my graceful delicate demeanour I displayed on the dance floor in the earlier lesson (probably coming from my 10 years as a prop forward), I decided to sit this one out and enjoy watching people who could actually dance without hurting each other. After the restaurant closes in the upstairs bar, there is even more dancing up there, with Zouk dancers taking the floor. If you've never heard of Zouk, then wow, let me tell you, Zouk dancers are amazing! Certainly did nothing to prompt me onto the dance floor, but it was definitely incredible to watch and something that my wife and I are going to attempt to learn!
Amidst all the dancing and music an announcement came through, asking everyone to clear the dance floor downstairs for a special performance. My wife and I made our way downstairs and somehow managed to sneak through the crowd just as 6 professional Latin dancers from Sambaliscious Dance School in full Samba outfits took the stage and showed off their moves for the cheering crowd, before getting everyone back onto the dance floor and leading everyone in a conga line and dancing with the crowd. Again, despite my better judgement, I chose to stay on the sidelines and enjoy the colour and music quite astonished at the size of the crowd but also at how eclectic they were. Salsa dancing, it seems is for anyone and after learning a few easy moves in the beginners class, everyone can get involved and have a great time and meet some happy friendly people.
So next time you find yourself with energy to burn on a Sunday night and want to have an absolute ball with a lot of people who simply want to have a good time, then Casablanca Bar and Grill is where you need to be. The Beginner class starts at 7pm and runs for around about 30-45 minutes with the open dance party kicking off from 8pm. Remember, like I said, no matter how bad a dancer you think you are, you can definitely get into the groove of Salsa and once you do, you will have just about the best time possible on a Sunday night in Brisbane! For all the info click here and make sure you keep grooving!