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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum age?

It is preferred you are aged 18 or over.

Do I need a Partner?

The simple answer is no. Classes are structured so that people swap partners during the class at frequent intervals. This is normal in Salsa and most styles of partner dance for many reasons. For example, it provides a great ice-breaker and allows you to meet people you may wish to dance with at Latin parties.

Everyone needs to learn to 'lead' or 'follow' different individuals, and this starts in the classroom. As many people come alone, it gives them a chance to dance with someone.

I've never danced before and have two left feet, or I'm worried I will look foolish.

It's what we're here for! We all have to start somewhere, and while some people in the class may have done the course before, everyone there will be in the same boat as you, so don't worry if you think someone else is doing better!

We will start at the very beginning and will go over/revisit and build up the various moves over 8 weeks, giving you a basic set of moves that you can build a routine on and take to the dance floor.

Don't be afraid to ask questions during the class, or to pull one of us aside after the class to ask for help. If you are struggling with something and need a little extra help, let us know, and we can go over things before the class starts.

All we ask is that you don't give up after one or two lessons! It can sometimes be frustrating - just give yourself a chance to learn!

Can I start any week?

As our beginners and level two and three classes are structured 8-week courses, we generally do not accept students with no dance experience after week three as you may struggle to catch up. We do sometimes take students after this point if they have the aptitude or some experience in the past with Salsa or with other styles of dance.

If the course has already started, please ask us for advice. Courses do start every 8 weeks, so it's never too long to wait to start from the beginning of the next course.

With our improvers and intermediate level classes, you can drop in at any time.

What if I miss a week?

We do go over moves again, so you should still be able to catch up. However, If you do miss a week or two, pop in early when you next come in, and we will go over any moves that you may have missed. Doors open at 6:45 pm (we may be able to see you at an earlier time, but this is by appointment only).

Who will be there?

The age range of students is varied, as is their shape, size and ability. The average group will have people aged from 20 to 71 with exceptions on either end.

What should I wear

Light, comfortable clothes are advised and a change of top may be advisable.

Trainers and other types of shoes with "grippy" rubber soles should be avoided, as they can make turns and some other moves difficult to achieve. As you get better and do more dancing, you may then decide to get a pair (or three) of dance shoes.

Ladies should avoid tight, restrictive skirts.

Will I be fit enough?

People of all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life, attend Salsa classes and courses. If you think for any reason you may have a problem, please consult your doctor before enrolling (as you would with any form of exercise). People with average fitness will be fine, and Salsa can help certain physical disabilities.

What is meant by "Leader"/"Lead" and "Follower"/"Follow"?

Salsa is what's known as a partner dance in that two people are dancing together. With this in mind, one person decides what moves to do during the dance (or "leads" the dance) and the other person, the follower, follows. 

A note on hygiene

Please be aware that you will be in close contact with other people, and will get hot and will most likely sweat. With this in mind, please be mindful of your personal hygiene and where possible, we advise you to shower and use a decent deodorant before attending any Salsa (or other dance) class. If you are unable to shower, we have toilets where you can get cleaned up beforehand.

This is rarely a problem, but it does sometimes crop up.

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