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What should I bring to class?
Indoor shoes with smooth bottoms or dance shoes, water, a hand towel (for the practice), and if you like to take notes, a notebook.

Do I need a partner?
No. There tends to be a similar number of lead and follow students these days. If the ratio isn't even, we bring some of our more senior students with us to help balance things out.

If I come with someone, do I have to dance only with that person all the time?
Nope. To facilitate a very social environment, we constantly rotate partners. Unless students specifically choose otherwise, everyone dances with everyone. We've found that this creates the best learning atmosphere, and among other benefits, we get to meet so many new friends that way.

What should I wear?
Wear clothes that you feel comfortable dancing or exercising in. Many wear jeans and t-shirts. The studio is air conditioned, but salsa is HOT!

What about my feet? What should they wear?
Please bring a pair of indoor shoes to wear during class and practice. Smooth-bottom shoes are the best for spinning. Sneakers with rubber bottoms will stick to the floor. You don't want that. For more on shoes, check out our group on facebook under the Files section

How long is a session ?
All sessions run for 7 weeks and span across 2 months. Classes are 1 hour in duration and are either followed or preceeded by a 30 minute practice. During the practice time, you'll have the chance to practice what you've learned in class, dance with others in your level and other HS levels, and get things clarified.

I'm unclear on the pricing/level model... E'splain!
An investment of $90 covers the cost for one level. Beginner 1, 2, 3, etc are all levels and increase in complexity as you progress. Each level builds on the previous level's content, except of course for Beginner 1 which starts your salsa adventure. A level runs for 7 classes and usually spans 8 weeks (2 months) due to holidays. Classes have 1 hour of instruction and are either preceeded or followed by 30 minutes of practice time. If you repeat a level (take the same level a 2nd time), the cost is 1/2 price. Any additional times through after a repeat is only $20. If you take 2 classes, you get the 2nd for 1/2 price. It's a good way to learn more and save $$!

What happens if I miss a class?
Our program is very progressive. Many of the patterns you learn today will be built upon later. Missing classes might leave you feeling behind, however each class starts with a quick review of what we did the previous week. If you miss a few classes or are feeling quite lost (or if you simply want to get ahead), a private lesson often does the trick.

Lots of people teach salsa basics. Can you take me further?
We're so glad you asked. We have designed a functional syllabus to take students through beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, with three sub-levels in each. On top of that, we have lots of workshop and private lesson topics at the ready. It's only a matter of how far you wish to take it. For details on what you will learn in each level, scroll down to the bottom of the classes page.

What are the advantages of repeating the classes?
Over the years, we've witnessed undenyable evidence that repeating classes grants students much more understanding, competance, and confidence when putting new skills to use both in class and on the dance floor. Ever watch a movie twice? Notice how you see things the second time you didn't the first? Same deal here. The first time through, students often focus on learning the steps. The second time through, students can work on the other important elements that make people great salsa dancers: rhythm, body movement, fluidity, lead/follow communication, styling, etc. You'll also get to meet more people, as you will share classes with those just ahead of you and those just behind you. More classmates = more friends.

Makes sense to me, but do I have to repeat every class?
Nope. We do recommend repeating Combos before progressing to the Intermediate levels.

What are some good practice songs?
We suggest checking out http://www.icebergradio.com/. Scroll down to Latin | Salsa. Some good slow salsas include: Frankie Morales - Nieve con Sal, Joe Arroyo - Yamulemau, Gilberto Santa Rosa - Perdoname, Sonora Carrousel - Micaela, N'Klabe ft Victor Manuelle - Evitaré. Also check our facebook group as students often share their favorites.

 
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