What is salsa?
Literally interpreted, salsa means ‘Sauce’. The history of salsa dancing has Afro-Cuban roots, and many established practioners believe that it is a combination of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Jazz rhythms. The combination of the Conga, Clave, New York flavours and Caribbean/African influences have all contributed to the sound of Latin American music including Salsa, Batchata, Rumba, Rueda, Son, Danz, Carnival, Cha cha cha Tango and Merengue.
I am a complete beginner and want to learn to dance salsa. Do I need to have any dance experience?
Absolutely not. We currently hold 6 week courses for absolute beginners at each of our four clubs, please click here for details. You do not need any dance experience at all as we teach to a structured syllabus that assumes no previous knowledge and breaks down each dance step thoroughly. Everyone starts at the same level and progresses through the 6 levels of salsa that we offer. The aim of the game is to come along, relax and enjoy the evening.
Do I need to book?
We advise that you book for the beginning of each new 6 week course as we like to limit the number of new intakes due to considerations of health and safety and to increase your enjoyment. To book your place on the next course, please call Basil on 07712 762373.
Do I need to pay for the full 6 weeks?
No, you can pay weekly or if you wish to pay upfront then we offer a free class (6 lessons for the price of 5).
What happens if I miss a week?
We always review the previous weeks steps and we also have helpers on hand that can go through the steps with you. However, in order to get maximum benefit from the classes, it is advisable that you attend as many of the classes as possible. Alternatively, if you are unable to make a particular class, we do have classes on other days of the week where the structure and syllabus will be exactly the same for the class that you attend.
How long are the classes?
All classes are for an hour and 15mins including warm ups and cool downs. All levels warm up and cool down together in a fun line up before moving on to their particular class.
What should I wear?
Please wear cool, comfortable, loose clothing wherever possible and we would advise something to wrap up in after the class as you may work up a sweat. Further, please wear suitable footwear that will give support as well as comfort; a low/small heel with closed toes is advisable. Trainers or footwear with any grip are not recommended.
Do I need a partner?
Not at all, we rotate everyone around in the class so you get the chance to dance with various partners. This is a fantastic way to make new friends and socialise with other like minded people. The great thing about our courses is that everyone is in the same boat at the same time.
What is the age limit?
There isn’t one. The age range within the club is very broad and is approximately between the ages of 18 to 75 although we do have some younger students. In such cases, anyone under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult. We do not place any restriction on an individuals desire to learn to dance and so all are welcome.
How do I progress through the levels of class?
Absolute Beginner classes through to Beginners plus classes are structured around 6 week courses. Improvers, Intermediate and advanced classes run for 12 weeks. There is a set syllabus containing specific moves and techniques at each level designed to develop your ability and prepare you for advancement to higher levels. It is important that all students complete the material at each level to a competent standard before moving to a higher level. This may mean that in some cases you will have to complete all or part of a level to ensure you are fully prepared. There are important health and safety reasons for ensuring that this is the case and full advice and agreement of your current class instructor should be sough before moving class.