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    A total success: “Salsa under the stars”.

    Summer dance parties at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Dance party and taster course.

Full to capacity, participants overjoyed: a good way to sum up the first “Salsa under the stars” date on 14 July 2018. Around 600 people danced to the beats of salsa, bachata, merengue and reggaeton during the party, which started at 8.00 p.m. Some 200 people took part in the free salsa taster course beforehand at 7.00 p.m. The other parties and dance courses this year all take place on Saturdays: 21 July, 28 July and 4 August. Prior registration is not necessary. In case of bad weather, the event will be moved inside the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Dance party with salsa taster course: a full dancefloor at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Dance party with salsa taster course: a full dancefloor at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Salsa, bachata, merengue and reggaeton: DJs serve up the great sound.

Salsa, bachata, merengue and reggaeton: DJs serve up the great sound.

Cars above the dancefloor.

Under the stars: at the first salsa date this year, the dancers danced under automotive stars from more than 130 years of Mercedes-Benz brand history. That's because the screening of the penultimate game in the FIFA World Cup meant that the event was moved to the museum atrium. Cars from all eras looked down on the full dancefloor from the galleries between the lifts. For the next dates it will be the stars in the sky, when the rhythms will ring out on the open-air stage and the summer party will take place in the balmy evening air.

Cuban ambience on the Neckar.

Latin American passion just a few yards away from the Neckar: it obviously has high appeal. “A dance party of this kind in a car museum is a first,” says Daniil Siakos from the museum's event team. “It obviously excited the salsa scene in Stuttgart and Baden-Württemberg.” Fresh mojitos, caipirinhas and Cuba libres from the bar add to the Cuban flair along with other refreshing drinks and snacks. Salsa is all about being in a good mood, having fun and relaxing.


This is conveyed by dance trainer Judith Benitez Almenares with her “Clavisol” team during the one-hour taster course: two coaches at the front and two in the middle of the dancers. A native of Cuba, she is particularly pleased that the dance is proving so popular outside of her home country: “It's wonderful to see that salsa, this wonderful dance, doesn't care what age you are. Everybody dances, from the very young to the elderly. And everybody enjoys it.”


Music and rhythm: Latin American passion in top form.

Music and rhythm: Latin American passion in top form.

Lots of dancing together.

“You could feel it all evening: everybody had lots and lots of fun,” adds Daniil Siakos. “It wasn't so much individual couples dancing. Salsa brings people together, so it was more a case of everybody moving to the rhythms together on the dancefloor.” Small shows and the dance coaches' animation programme offered intermittently further added to the atmosphere.

Dance, emotions and tradition.

Following its successful premiere in summer 2017, the “Salsa under the stars” event series is now taking place for the second time. The Mercedes-Benz Museum offers passion and history anyway. Everything comes together at the dance parties: dance, emotions and tradition. It's a successful mix: “It feels like you're on holiday,” said participants after the party on 14 July, or: “Being able to dance in the museum is truly unique.”

Pure good mode: a dance party outside in the balmy summer air.

Pure good mode: a dance party outside in the balmy summer air.