About This Workshop
Salsa is the hot, steamy and VERY popular club dance. Lot’s of exciting moves and turns, but deceptively straight forward.
We do a warmup, then (about) and hour of Cuban style Salsa, grab some water then cover on of the other popular club styles like Merengue, Bachata, Cha Cha etc.
Check out the Video from “Salsa House”, a great Cuban band. In it you see (not to mention hear some great Cuban rhythms ;-):
- A typical ‘warm up” with the dancers in 2 rows, all facing forward;
- Plenty of couples dancing Cuban Style – very flowing and rhythmical; and
- Rueda (Casino) when the couples are arranged in a circle (the “rueda” – Spanish for wheel). Rueda Workshops are held on Friday evenings at 8.00pm.
After the class we have a 30 minute social dance session so you can practice, socialise and have some fun with your new moves.
What Will I Learn?
- Cuban Salsa from the basics on up.
- Interesting turn patterns and couples moves;
- Leading & Following; and some
- Cha Cha;
- Bachata and more.
When Can I Start?
You can start ANY Lesson or Workshop (suitable for your experience level)
Experienced dancers any Monday at 8.00pm or Wednesday at 8.00pm.
Beginners or Novice dancers ANY Beginner Class – Monday at 7.00 or Wednesday at 7.00pm. There is ALWAYS a dance teacher dedicated to “newbies”. If you’ve NEVER danced before, then this is the place to start.
What’s the difference between the Beginner Classes and the others?
There are five (5) Salsa figures you MUST know – Basic (Mambo & Salsa in Open & CLosed hold), Enchufla, Dile Que No, and Spot Turns. Just about every other figure in Salsa comes from these 5. These 5 figures are the one covered in the Beginner-Novice Workshops.
We use the “ability” class method, not the old “time in class” system for progression to each level. When you have a handle on these 5 figures (no, don’t have to be an “expert” on them), you can start coming along to the earlier Workshop.
If it takes you 5 weeks or 5 minutes to feel comfortable, then that’s just fine. This is about YOU feeling comfortable. Remember, even after you “graduated” to the higher Workshop you’re invited to join in the Beginner Workshop for your own refresher training and to help out with the newer dancers.
If you are a Beginner you can start ANY Class – we have dance teachers just waiting for you to come up the stairs!
The Workshop for the experienced dancers takes the basic figures and shows you how to link them together, modify and style them, and “tweak” them to make them your own.
We’ll also work on Leading & Following. There’s combinations to challenge you and keep your dancing interesting.
- All practical lessons PLUS guided Practica each session;
- Printed Workshop outline and choreography (if applicable);
- Free access to online videos via the Studio App;
- Bonus free Practice Time in the Studio when
What to wear?
The Studio is fully air conditioned, but you’ll probably get hot, so layers are good. We suggest neat comfortable clothing – preferably NOT gym wear.
As to footwear, the top of the “wish list” is leather soled dance shoes, but many new dancers don’t have them (yet ;-).
Ladies, any comfortable shoe, but avoid platform soles (no flexibility), plastic soles (they slide on the polished wood floors), or shoes that don’t capture your heel (might come off in a spin). A court shoe works just fine.
Men, again, any comfortable shoe, preferably with a leather soles.
In any case, even sneakers will be OK for your first Workshops, and then you can decide which way you’d like to go.
These workshops can be paid by using your DanceCard:
- One only Workshop – $20;
- DanceCard of 5 Workshops – $80 ($16 per Workshop);
- DanceCard of 11 Workshops – $160 (about $14.50 per Workshop)
DanceCards last 12 months. Every time you attend a Workshop we “click” your DanceCard. If say, you need to work and can’t come along to your regular Workshop, YOU DON’T LOOSE IT. This way you come along to suit YOUR schedule!