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What to Expect
The three basic types of dance event in Johannesburg are:
1) Ballroom and Latin - This will include Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Samba, Sakkie-Sakkie, Boogie, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Tango (European and Argentine), Bachata, Mambo, sometimes Merengue, sometimes Salsa and Kizomba, sometimes Paso-Doble. You can mostly make requests if they are leaving something out. Note that Afrikaans type dances (such as in Benoni, Pretoria, etc) can often have almost exclusively Sakkie-Sakkie, with possibly some Waltzes thrown in (but you can sometimes do another dance style to a Sakkie-Sakkie). West Johannesburg dances have a lot of Two Step.
2) Salsa - Without doubt the most popular dances in Johannesburg, these include Salsa, Kizomba and Bachata. Expect a lively ethnic crowd and very expensive drinks. In fact, no one drinks anything except water, and that is normally very expensive too.
3) Argentine Tango (Milonga) - At the milongas, you will hear Tango, Tango Waltz and Milonga style music. There is a small Argentine Tango community and you can get to know all of them quickly, which is helpful.
Although there will be Meetup members at every dance, you won't know any, and there is mostly no co-ordinator, that role being taken up by the organisor / DJ. If you are new and arrive alone, it can be very intimidating getting even one dance, ESPECIALLY at a Salsa dance, where egos are extensive. If you can dance, you'll eventually get to be known and will be asked to dance, or can ask others without a problem.
At ballroom and latin dances there are lots of old people, but the fewer youngsters there are often friendly and willing to dance. Ditto at a Milonga.
The best way to get into it is to go for lessons. That way you will meet potential dance partners and possibly be introduced to social dances by your instructor.