FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What salsa style do you teach?

We teach mainly social circular styles such as Cuban.

However, we prefer to focus on similarities rather than differences in style. We encourage each person to develop their own style.  If it flows and feel natural to you, do it.

Do I need to bring a partner?

No you don’t. We encourage you to swap partners frequently during the night. That way you’ll dance with lots of different people. We’ll do our best to keep the male/female numbers balanced.

Can I just stay with my partner for the whole class?

If you want to learn faster, we encourage you to swap partners at least a few times through the night. Otherwise you take the risk of repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Besides, that way you’ll meet more people to dance with socially.

Can I come as a casual student?

If you are a beginner with no experience of salsa or other kind of partner dancing, you need to attend the full Beginners 1 and 2 courses. These 4-week courses are designed so you can learn as fast as possible at your own pace. It isn’t fair to other students that beginners with no dance experience join casually and hold everybody else back. After you attend your first 8 weeks of classes, usually Beginners 1 & 2, you qualify to attend casually.

How long it will take me to learn salsa?

First of all, remember that we all learn at different speeds. Dancing is all about repetition and tenacity, rather than OK, I got that, what’s next!  Simple: the more you practice, the better you get. No short-cut to that, so ask yourself:

  • Do I have previous experience in other dance?
  • Do I listen to lots of salsa music and practice at home?
  • How often do I dance socially?

And remember, the more mistakes you make, the faster you will learn.

What is the age group in the classes?

We have students from 18 to 80.

How many weeks is a course?

The duration of each course is 4 weeks. These short courses are designed so you can learn at your own pace. Once you finish Beginners 1 you are welcome to repeat it or move to the next level. So don’t stress trying to catch up with faster learners or being held back by slower learners. Remember, dancing is all about repetition.

Can I pay as I go (casually)?

Beginners 1 and 2 are full courses and need to be paid in advance. You are expected to attend every class, as each week built upon the previous week. Unused classes cannot be carried on to the following month. Once you reach intermediate level you can pay casually or buy a concession card, which works better.

I have learnt salsa before, can I come to an advanced class?

We recommend that you come to a beginners or intermediate class first so you get used to the teaching style and ensure you know the basic moves.  From there we can assess if you are ready to come to the advanced class.

What should I wear?

Dress for comfort and convenience. Wear soft, breathable clothing that doesn’t trap odors. Shoes with a small heel will help you to put your weight on the ball of your foot. Avoid slip-on shoes and jandals. Remember you will be dancing close to each other. Make sure you always use deodorant and something to keep your breath fresh and minty.
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