Do we Envy, Club Envy?
by Marques Gunter
posted Jan 1, 2005
234 W. Larned St.
Club Envy hosts Salsa Nights every Friday. The club is
located in downtown Detroit just a few blocks away form
the popular hip-hop nightclub Legends. There is no cover
before 10pm, so get there early. I recalled either a $5 or
$8 cover for the fashionably late. Envy offers two floors
of entertainment. The main level is Salsa, Merengue, Bachata
and Reggaeton. The second level is Latin House, House, Techno
and Hip-Hop. Salsa and Techno being my top 2 dance music of
choice was a plus in my book. Rotation on the main level was
balanced. I only stayed on the second level for one song,
not long enough to form an impression. Envy has a wood
dance floor, and can handle a reasonable number of dancers.
There were some impressive dancers who displayed their own
unique styling. I notice an older gentleman and a younger
lady on the dance floor. Their style and precision captured
my attention for an entire song. Later that evening, I
received the honor of dancing with the lady. Although I
was not as polished as the other gentleman I did enjoyed
the dance. I also danced with a dance instructor and
received some good advice and complements on my lead.
The club's location was its only shortcoming in my book. Downtown
Detroit has a known criminal element, but has gotten better in the
recent years. While the crowd was very friendly, in the back of my
mind I was thinking about my car parked on that dark street corner.
Envy does provide secure parking for a small fee. There was no sign
for the club in front of the building. My friend and I passed by the
place, but turned back around because we notice a doorman. I don?t
mean to pick on every little thing, but what is up with
Envy's promo flyer?
Either they tried to hard to come up with something original
or did not try at all (I wonder if I will get some hate mail for that last comment?).
My experience at Club Envy was much better then Sangria.
Both clubs are hosted by the same DJ, but Envy had a more experience
crowed. Keep in mind that the majority of dancers are on beat.
If you dance to your own drum, dancing can prove difficult.
Especially if you were looking for that second dance.
Special thanks to my non-salsa friend Sheila for accompanying me to
Envy. She said that her first impression of the salsa scene was a
Dancers Tip: When salsa dancing in different cities sit out
for the first one or two salsa songs. This will give you the
opportunity to get familiar with their style and to spot the
good dancers. If you do not you may not be able to experience
their style of dancing if you keep dancing with inexperienced
dancers (been there done that).