Do I need any previous dance experience?
If you have never taken a salsa lesson before, or have limited experience dancing salsa, Salsa Fundamentals Classes is where you want to start.
Do I need a partner?
Registering with a partner is not necessary. Our Group Classes are designed so students are not required to bring a partner. Rotation of partners throughout the class allows dancers to practice steps with different students. This format exposes everyone to dancing with several partners and promotes that skill. Rotating partners also helps build a team structure and sense of family and friendship within the dance group. Creating this type of atmosphere builds confidence in our students and encourages them to apply what they have learned on the dance floor.
How long does it take to learn the fundamentals of salsa?
This is a challenging question to answer as we all learn at our own pace based on our individual skills and ability. We found a good article that talks about this.
Learning Plateaus for Salsa Dancing:
Everyone has learning phases; it’s like climbing a mountain. The biggest is in the first year of learning. At some point you will plateau ‘level off’, it’s where you reach a certain level where you feel as though you can’t learn any more, or not progressing at the same rate, this may even seem to feel as though you are going backwards!
The trick is to keep on going until you break through your plateau and then you will be on your next learning phase. Breaking through a plateau is an awesome feeling!
Yes you will plateau again & again & again.
If you feel like you’ve “learnt it all” or “Plateaued” guess what? there are always more things to learn. It’s essential to keep an ‘open mind’ to pick up on the small things which are actually “big” things! Sometimes going back a level to relearn or practice the fundamentals make a huge difference. These are the keys to breaking your plateaus.
You can never learn too much in dance classes, there are always many benefits to keep joining classes, even when you think you’ve learnt enough, Actually combinations & variations on dance moves taught in classes are used as tools to teach you more skills & technique, the more you learn the more you can do with ease.
Regular classes pay off in accumulating to your own style/flavor, flow, feel of the music, partnering, body movement & styling. The more you do the easier it gets, even if you consciously don’t remember, you do actually absorb it all….it will all come out somewhere in your dancing. For guys, moves & combos start happening without realizing, you be able to put it together with more flow. For females, you’ll be able to follow better with awesome style.
An interesting thing about learning, the more you learn & the more you break your plateaus the more you realize there is more to learn. This is the great part about Salsa dance, there is always more… & its fun!”
What should I wear?
In a dance studio, comfortable, casual clothes are quite appropriate. This includes jeans, pants and dresses. Running shoes are ok, but can be sticky and difficult to turn in. Flip-flops or strapless open heel shoes are also discouraged due to their lack of support. Last, although normal high heel shoes may be okay for a night club, they can cause significant damage to delicate studio floors and are therefore discouraged.
For the club: There is a great article at www.salsacrazy.com/guideforwomen.htm
We will try to summarize it here and maybe add a couple of comments of our own.
If you want others to approach you and invite you to dance, then you need to know what dancers are looking for. Here are four recommendations for what you should wear:
#1: Wear a single layer top.
Usually clothing can get in the way, so it isbetter to wear a single layer top, something that keeps you cool and comfortable on the dance floor.
#2: Avoid bare shoulders or back.
After you’ve danced for a little while, bare skin can feel damp and clammy to the your partner.
For men, avoid sleeveless shirts – for ladies try to avoid dresses with open shoulders or back.
#3: Keep jewelry to a minimum.
Long necklaces, big bracelets, and watches catch in clothing. Dangling earrings are distracting. Large rings can scratch your partner’s hand. Keep all your jewelry small and simple.
#4: Shoes are your most important accessory on the dance floor.
Don’t wear sandals of any kind, or any rubber-sole walking shoes.
For ladies, don’t wear ultra-high heels that have you teetering instead of dancing.
Suitable shoes for dancing are flats, pumps or medium heels. They can be fancy – sparkles are fine. Just be certain that shoes are secure on your feet – not lose or floppy.
Do I need dance shoes?
For the classroom:
As a beginner, using a shoe with some support and a not too aggressive grip is more than adequate.
However, once a dancer reaches a certain skill level they will benefit from a shoe designed strictly for salsa dancing.
In the club:
See #4 above for suggestions.