- Do I need a partner?
- What Should I Wear?
- What course should I join?
- Can I join every class?
- Can I bring my own drink with me?
- What about social dancing and parties, can I join them for free?
- Can I see the class before I join?
- Do I have to book?
- Is the beginners course only 4 classes long?
1. Do I need a partner?
No. Latin dance is a very social hobby. We change partners regularly during classes, to give our students 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. Edit: Considering post-Covid situation during some of the classes we stick to the same partners, so if you think anxious about getting back to dancing please contact us and we will point you out the classes, durnig which your private space will be respected :)
2. What should I wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in. Some classes like reggeaton, body isolation or some advanced salsa classes will require very comfortable/sport wear. For Kizomba ladies often find it helpful to wear heels as it encourages the correct posture and makes some advanced moves easier.
There are a number of things to consider when joining a course. 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. We start a new course every 1-2 months. We strongly recommend that you attend all course lessons to gain the maximum benefit!
- 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 two styles of Bachata - Moderna ( turn patterns with bachata basic) and Sensual ( body isolation, musicality and interpretation )
- 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.
- Reggaeton is a cuban dance focused mainly on solo expression and body isolation. Even if you do not intend to dance Reggaeton itself, the techniques and control taught in the classes can be applied to every style of dance and students find them extremely valuable for intermediate/advanced classes in any style.
For those with little or no experience in Latin dance, we recommend joining our beginner lessons. If you find these lessons too easy, you are very welcome to move up to our intermediate or advanced classes.For those with some experience, jump in where you think you would feel most comfortable. We offer classes at 4 stages of increasing difficulty: Beginner, Lower intermediate, Intermediate and advanced. If you are unsure which class would be best for you, talk to one of our teachers and they will recommend a starting point for you.
Learning how to dance is like learning foreing languages - 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. Our Cuban Salsa courses run in parallel, but staggered. Students find this very useful as they often have the opportunity to go back and repeat lessons that they struggled with by joining a lesson from another parallel course.
6. What about social dancing and parties, can I join them as well?
At the moment we are holding two sessions during the week, when you can come and practice what you've learned during the classes. We have a big "House party" every Saturday (entry is £5) and Bachata / Kizomba practice every Friday after classes (free to attend, if you took a class, £3 otherwise).
7. 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.
8. Do I have to book?
9. Is the beginners course only 4 classes long?
No. We have planned the beginners course for 32 sessions. After that you can join the Intermediate group and continue there. If you decide that the intermediate class is not enough you can try the Advanced Classes.