Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I need a partner?
No. Latin dance is a very sociable and we change partners regularly during classes. This gives you the opportunity to get used to dancing with different partners and meet each other. If you come as a couple that’s completely fine as well, but we would encourage you to join in with changing partners as you will find it very helpful when you begin social dancing.
2. What should I wear?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. For most this means jeans and top (nothing too warm though) although some do enjoy to dressing up a bit .
With regard to footwear, very high heels or sticky soled trainers are not ideal as you will be on your feet for at least an hour. It’s important that you can slide and turn your feet easily on the dance floor, so choose something comfortable with a non-grip sole. You can buy dance shoes or dance trainers, but you won’t need them for a while if you are a new beginner.
3. What class should I join?
There are a number of things to consider when joining a class. Firstly, what style would you like to dance?
Salsa is a fast paced, lively and fun dance. There are several styles, but the one we teach is Cuban. In our experience, the best way to begin to learn Salsa is through a very structured process, with lots of opportunities for repetition and practice. For this reason, all of our Salsa classes are taught in “Course” format – a number of lessons over several weeks which build upon the techniques learned in previous lessons.
Bachata is a dance from the Dominican republic. It is generally considered easier to pick up the basics of Bachata as they are simpler and the music is usually of a slower tempo than Salsa. Our Bachata courses are all taught in the “Open” format, where you can drop into any lesson without needing to have been to any of the previous lessons. At intermediate/advanced level we teach different styles of Bachata inc:- Moderna ( turn patterns with bachata basic), Sensual ( body isolation, musicality and interpretation ) Bachata Tango (a fusion of beautiful moves and dips from Argentine Tango)
Kizomba is an Angolan dance which is quickly becoming extremely popular throughout europe. Kizomba is danced in a close hold to fairly slow music and does not contain many of the complex turning patterns associated with Salsa and Bachata.
Learning how to dance is like learning a new language and the more you practise, the faster you will improve!
4. Can I join every class?
You can join every class at your ability level. On advance classes in couples we require knowledge and skills appropriate to the level of the class. The best option is always to test the beginners course. If you find it too easy you should join the intermediate/advanced groups.
5. Can I bring my own drink with me?
Accept for Monday nights our venues have a licenced Bar, so no this is not appropriate.
6. Can I see the class before I join?
Of course. During every class you can just sit down and watch. You can also join the first class of the course, and if you don’t like it you don’t have to sign for a whole month; if you feel disappointed you don’t have to pay anything. Quality is our main concern.
7. Do I have to book?
No You don’t have to. You can just pop in to the class and join in anytime, even if you are a beginner.
8. How long will it take to learn?
We will be able to get up and dance your first night. from there though it depends on how many classes you go to and how much practice you do. To get to a reasonable standard of freestyle leading and following takes on average, 6-12 months if you attend one class per week. You can shorten this dramatically by attending more classes.
9. What is “Freestyle Salsa”?
During classes students are shown moves and routines and are led through these by the teacher. Freestyle salsa is when there is no teacher involved and people simply dance with each other to music. When dancing freestyle, the Leader (usually the man) will guide or “lead” the follower (usually the woman) through whatever moves he wishes in whatever order he wishes, communicating these moves through subtle (or sometimes not so subtle) movements of his hands and body.
10. How Many Calories Can Salsa Dancing Burn
Calories Burned. According to Oprah’s website, Salsa dancing can help people burn calories at a rate of 393 calories per hour on average
11. Do I need to bring anything else?
No. Just yourself, money for the class, enthusiasm and a sense of humour.