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Sangria's Sky Club One Night Stand Review
401 S Lafayette Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 543-1964

By: Marques Gunter
Posted: Dec 14, 2004

My First Impression of Detroit's Salsa Scene. Sangria's Sky Club was the first salsa nightclub I visited in the Metro Detroit area. I checked out Sangria on Thanksgiving Thursday. The club is located in downtown Royal Oak, a fun and safe suburb outside of Detroit. I was expecting to pay an inflated cover due to the holiday, but I was surprised and pleased that there was no cover at the door. When I entered Sangria, I noticed the nice (and perhaps new) dance floor. The floor looked like it could handle around 20 couples. The DJ teased us with salsa, old school hip-hop and some techno. The club also provides free salsa lessons at 8:30 p.m. Around 1 a.m. the dance floor was not as crowed and the DJ played more salsa for the rest of the evening.

The club's flyer stated, 'Voted 'Best SALSA Club' 'Detroit Free Press''. If that statement is true then that has given me mixed feelings on Metro Detroit's Salsa Scene. There were few experienced female dancers that night. I recalled asking around six women to dance, and only one was experienced. The rest had only danced a couple of times or not at all. This could be an error in my book -- just because I did not know the crowd and was unable to select the experienced dancers. There appeared to be two males for every female, which did not help in finding a female dancer. The experienced dancers were pulled immediately to the dance floor when they were available. On a side note, this was the first time a woman had asked if I danced on1 or on2. I was informed that there were a few on2 New York style dancers that visit Sangria.

I have mixed feelings about Sangria. Do I dislike or like this place? It deserves another visit before I can pass judgment. From my first impression Sangria did not feel like a true salsero/a club, but more of a mixed club of hip-hop/house and salsa dancers. My recommendation is to check out Sangria with a caution. If you are an experienced dancer, you may find more inexperienced salsa dancers roaming the nightclub floor than expected.

Special thanks to my non-salsa friend Quinn for accompanying me to Sangria. He was very impressed with the salsa scene, especially the women.

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