Dominican Republic

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Pricing $2,140 (early bird through September 1); $2,250 (registration closes Nov 1)
Dates February 15-19, 2018
Max Group Size 16
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Adventure Overview

Dance Adventures Dominican Republic offers an incredible opportunity to learn bachata and merengue in the country where these dances originated! On Dance Adventures Dominican Republic, we offer an exciting combination of dance classes in these styles, as well as in salsa. We also enjoy great nights out in Santo Domingo with local dancers and a day trip to a beautiful beach.

You will lodge in the heart of La Zona Colonial during your visit. La Zona Colonial is a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of incredible history, music, dancing, and cultural attractions. You’ll learn about Dominican culture as you spend time with the locals at many of their favorite spots — including nearby colmados (or corner stores) where people sit, play dominoes, and enjoy merengue and bachata music at every hour of the day.

The Dominicans are warm, welcoming people and this Dance Adventure is one that you will never forget!

Testimonials: 

“This adventure exceeded my expectations and desires. It opened my eyes and heart to the beauty of Dominican culture and ignited a self-love and joy I haven’t felt in a very long time.” -Hannah, 2017 traveler

“This trip was life changing. I have not only gained new friends, but I have found myself again. I found the joyful, happy and charismatic person I felt I had lost in the climb to be successful in my work. Since returning, I’ve had people telling me I seem different and more confident and energetic.” -Kerilynn, 2017 traveler

You can look forward to …

  • Disconnecting from your day-to-day and to-do’s
  • Private dance lessons in bachata, merengue, and salsa while enjoying tunes from some island legends such as Juan Luis GuerraAventura and Omega
  • Mingling with hundreds of locals at Santo Domingo’s weekly outdoor dance and music celebration
  • Shopping trips for Dominican amber and larimar (stones endemic to the DR and ideal keepsakes)
  • Digging into local favorite delicacies, including mofongo (a fried plantain-based dish), sancocho (an island stew typically cooked over a fogonand served after a night of dancing with rice),  and plenty of fresh fruit juices

 

What’s Included

  • Hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • Welcome dinner
  • Day trip and lunch at an amazing restaurant right on the beach
  • Chocolate making course
  • Guided tour of La Zona Colonial
  • 6+ hours of dance lessons (salsa, merengue, and bachata)
  • Airport transfer
  • In-country transportation

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare to/from Dominican Republic
  • Meals not listed above
  • Travel insurance; cost of medical immunizations
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport taxes
  • Visa entry fees for the Dominican Republic
  • Gratuities and personal items or souvenirs
  • Alcohol

Trip Team

Megan Taylor Morrison, CEO, Dance Adventures
Hailing from Washington, D.C., Megan’s purpose is to bring joy, peace, authenticity, and presence to the world through dancing and coaching. She has lived abroad in Europe and Africa and traveled to dance in 10 countries around the globe. Megan first traveled to the Dominican in August 2015 on a scouting trip for Dance Adventures. She immediately fell in love with the local dancers, tasty local foods, and live music.

Megan specializes in group dynamics, partnering with individuals to bring forth their best selves, and designing experiences that allow Dance Adventures’ participants to consciously dig into different cultures around the world.  In her own dance career, Megan is most passionate about dances of the swing era. She teaches, performs and competes in lindy hop, blues, collegiate shag and  balboa at competitions across the United States.

Dance Adventures also works with numerous local artists to make this trip an incredible and authentic experience for all participants. Those hired depends on availability. You will be sent information about your instructors before your departure.

Itinerary*

Day Activity
1 Our dance adventure in the Dominican Republic begins in the capital of Santo Domingo. Founded in 1498, the colonial city (“La Zona Colonial”) was established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of incredible history, music, dancing, and cultural attractions–including the first cathedral and university in the Americas. On the first day, you arrive in the late afternoon and settle into your hotel. After orientation and dinner overlooking the Caribbean, you’ll have free time to relax and drink your first ice cold Presidente. Those who still have energy can wander La Zona, enjoy dancing at a nearby club (don’t know any moves yet? No problem! We’ll give you a crash course on the dance floor!), or sit at a colmado and practice Spanish with the locals. 
 2 After a guided tour of La Zona Colonial, you’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch and a sieste. In the evening, you’ll take your first dance classes in bachata and merengue–both dances native to the Dominican Republic. You’ll then head out for a night on the town with our teachers and Dominican friends.
3 Every trip to the Dominican deserves a dip in the Caribbean! Today, we head to an amazing restaurant that hovers over the Caribbean sea. You can swim, hang out on the beach or read your favorite book in a beach chair while sipping a daiquiri. We return in the late afternoon in time for dinner and another bachata class. Tonight, you can take it easy or dance with the locals.
4 Some of the best chocolate in the world comes from the Dominican Republic. After a chocolate-making course, enjoy a delicious lunch of sanchocho (a delicious stew full of meat and root vegetables) or another local delicacy. In the early evening, we will meet our Dominican friends and teachers for the weekly outdoor gathering that features a live band, folkloric performances, and plenty of bachata and merengue dancing — all set among the ruins of an old monastery. It’s an amazing evening, and you will meet lots of fun people.
5 Enjoy breakfast, take a final stroll around La Zona Colonial, shop for larimar (a beautiful stone only found in the Dominican Republic), and then head to the airport to return home.

*This itinerary may be adjusted to improve the quality of your experience.