Begin the Beguine
The folkloric dance troupe Les Ballets Guadeloupéens makes frequent appearances at the big hotels, whirling and moving to the rhythms of island music in colorful costumes and well-choreographed routines. Some resorts, including the Club Med La Caravelle, use their visit to set the theme for the evening, serving up a banquet of traditional island dishes to accompany the dance, music, and costumes.
Ask at your hotel where the Ballets Guadeloupéans will be appearing during your stay. Schedules vary widely according to the season and the touring agenda of the Ballets (part of their year is spent touring, usually in Europe or aboard some of the larger cruise ships), but you can usually catch them as they rotate through the Kalenda Resort, the Club Med La Caravelle, and -- depending on a wide set of circumstances -- the Creole Beach and/or the Novotel Coralia. On the night of any of these performances, you can order a drink at the bar and catch the show, or join in the hotel buffet for a flat price. Buffets usually start around 7:30pm, with the show beginning at 9:30pm.
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