Salsa dancing is great fun and really helps to keep you fit.
At Club Salsa we have three levels of classes. Leaders, usually men, will also be taught how to lead a partner and followers, usually ladies, will learn how to respond to the leads.
Both leaders and followers should keep their arms relaxed and their steps small. When you have completed all the basic moves and your instructor feels that you are ready, you can progress to the next level.
The rest is practice, practice, and practice!
New York Salsa
Level 1 Beginners
Join this class as a beginner if you are new to dancing or have been dancing Salsa for less than 12 weeks.
Learn to move in time to the salsa rhythm, basic footwork and how to dance with a partner. Leaders learn how to lead a partner whilst keeping their footwork in time. Followers learn how to follow and recognise the leads. Basic moves include, mambo, back basic, side step, opens, cross body lead, half turns, mambo turns, trading places.
Level 2 Improvers
Join this class as an improver if you have been dancing for less than six months but are confident with the basic steps (level1)
Build on the basic moves and develop simple turn patterns including figure of eight and Titanic. Learn cross body lead turn patterns and other step variations. Begin to dance with more confidence and style.
Level 3 Intermediates
You may join this class as an intermediate if you have been taking regular classes for about a year. You will have accomplished the moves necessary to improve and develop your style and repertoire. You will receive instruction on more complicated turn patterns and spins
TAKE TO THE DANCE FLOOR
Social dancing gives you the opportunity to practise with different dancers.
For every level of dance
Beginners: At first it can be very daunting but if you’re shy or don’t get out much, social dancing will help you to to break out of your comfort zone and expand your social circle.
Most Latin dances are danced close. So remember it is very important that you are clean and smell nice before you go out dancing.
Asking someone to dance: Both men and women can ask somebody for a dance. It is very rare you will get turned down. But if you are refused, don’t take it personally. Usually it will be because he/she has been dancing and needs a rest or wishes to get a drink.
Being asked to dance: It is understood that if you are asked, you will always accept an invitation to dance. If for example if you’re tired, you want to chat to your friends, or go to the toilet, then politely decline. But make an effort to dance with that person later on in the evening. Egos can easily be crushed.