Beginner I Salsa is a structured, progressive class for those who have never received formal salsa instruction. You will learn to hear and feel the music before you even take your first steps. This will help you develop timing to ensure that your first steps are on beat.
This class also serves as an introduction to musicality since you will learn how the dance relates to the tumbao (rhythm) of the conga.
In addition to the basic footwork, also known as "shines" in salsa, you will learn the fundamentals of partner-work, such as social dancing etiquette, proper hand placement, and lead/follow technique. You will be ready to hit the dance floor in no time!
Conga Rhythm 1 - Tumbao Slap Exercise To Help find the Beat (find the 2 and 6)
Play the video above to hear an example of the tumbao on a conga.
Body rolls and head whips and hips, oh my! This class will help you develop sexy body movement and flexibility to give you a smooth salsa basic. You will also learn proper spinning technique through helpful spinning and balance drills. Arm styling and contra-body motion will be emphasized throughout this class.
Level 2 Salsa
Level 2 is a continuation for students who have completed Level 1 or possess a good understanding of the basic patterns of Salsa as well as, variations of simple turns and the principles of timing and partnering. Emphasis will be on the continuing development of partnering skills, lead and follow, dance floor etiquette, a good understanding of timing, and the ability to execute simple Salsa sequences. New steps and turn patterns will be introduced and linked together to develop new combinations.
Intermediate I Salsa is specially designed for students with previous salsa instruction. Mastering the following partner-work prior to taking this class is strongly encouraged: Cross-body lead, right turns, inside and outside turns, and open breaks (for leaders).
This class will consist of intricate footwork patterns, or "shines", that are on syncopated beats. You will also learn to apply basic partner-work patterns to more advanced ones. Additionally, followers will learn basic spinning technique, and leads will learn how to prep a spin.