Q. What kind of shoes do I need?
A. For the first class, anything comfortable will do. Running shoes work well. After that you'll need a pair of leather soled shoes. Dance shoes work best, but any kind of shoe that is flexible and plyable with a leather sole works well. Your next best choice would be sweat socks.
Q. What can I expect, I've never done dance classes before?
A. Come without any expectations. Having said that, I start my classes out by getting your feet comfortable with the basic salsa foot patterns first. Once you are comfortable, then learning the turn patterns are much easier. This is especially true for the men who have much more to learn than the ladies.
Q. This may sound strange, but even though I'm signing up, I don't really know what salsa dancing is.
What can you tell me about it?
A. I actually get that question quite a bit. Salsa is very popular now. But there are still lots of people who haven't seen it or don't recognize it when they do see it. It's basically a form of partner dancing done to latin music...specifically salsa music. And as in all partner dancing, it's based in patterns. The more patterns you know and can execute comfortably, the more variety and creativity there is in your dancing.
Q. How long will it take to be able to dance at a salsa club.
A. It takes on average about 18 lessons for ladies and 24 lessons for men. At one lesson a week, that's about 18 to 24 weeks. It takes men on average 2 to 3 lessons to learn a single turn pattern, so they can execute it comfortably. It takes ladies 1 or 2 lessons for the same pattern.
After the first 20 to 30 lessons, single patterns will take most men and ladies 1 lesson to learn. But as soon as you know even 2 or 3 patterns, you can start to dance. This might be uncomfortable for men if they're dancing with ladies they don't know. The repetition might make them self conscious. But it's certainly ok with fellow class mates at a school outing. Once the men have learned 10 to 12 patterns, they should be comfortable asking anyone to dance, anywhere!!
Q. I'm looking for a way to exercise at the same time that I'm learning something I love. Is salsa dancing a good way to burn calories and/or exercise?
A. You bet it is! Except it doesn't feel that way. You're just there learning and having fun. It doesn't feel like exercise at all. You don't need a personal trainer to keep you motivated. Remember...you're dancing!
Pricing (all prices subject to hst)
A Card - 9 classes - $15/class x 9 = $135
The card is valid for 15 weeks.
Privates for one or two people are $79.65
Drop-ins are $17.70
For students who have competed
3 levels of Intro classes
Methods of payment
Cash or cheques or email bank transfers