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1.- Do I need to register, or can I just show up to a class?

We require ALL students to register prior to taking their first dance class.

    Brand new students: If you are brand new to dancing, don’t worry! We offer a new round of beginner classes each and every month. Classes are offered multiple times a week, and you can choose the day and time that works best for you! No partner or experience required! Please contact us to get this month’s level 1 schedule
    Experienced students: Currently, we offer 8 levels of Salsa & 4 levels of Bachata. Not sure where you fit in? For students with prior dancing experience, we can set you up with a one-on-one level assessment to determine which level you would fall in with us. This is set by appointment, for the day and time that works best for you.

2.- How does a level assessment work?

Level assessments 30 minute one-on-one consultations with to determine which level you would fall into at our studio. These are set up for students with prior Latin dance experience (salsa, bachata, cha cha, ballroom), or traditional dance experience (ballet, tap, jazz, etc). Level consultations can be set up 7 days a week, at the day and time that works best for you. These sessions must be booked via appointment.

Students that are brand new to dancing do not need to book a level assessment. They can simply join any of our open level 1 classes.

3.- What clothes/shoes should I wear when coming to class?

Students are welcome to wear whatever makes them most comfortable: Ie jeans, leggings, sweatpants, etc.  Keep in mind you that you may be working up a sweat so make sure its something breathable.

For footwear, you are welcome to bring your favorite pair of dance flats or ballroom heels. If you do not own a pair of those, don’t worry! Dance shoes are not a requirement. Any shoe with a smooth bottom would also work. Please avoid platform heels, flip flops, sandals with no back support, & sneakers.

4.- Are you required to bring a partner?

Although you are welcome to bring someone with you, it is not a requirement. We rotate in every class so that you have the experience of dancing with all participants, including the instructor.

5.- Why do we need to rotate? What if I only want to dance with my partner?

While we will always respect your wishes, we do not encourage couples to stay together, as it will impede their learning, and potentially affect the flow of the rest of the class. 

What are the benefits of rotation?

  • Rotation helps to identify areas of improvement and often leads to a faster progression by creating stronger leaders and followers.
  • Rotation helps to avoid the development of bad habits. Frequently, couples who only dance together won’t develop their connection and lead/follow technique as well. They can anticipate each others moves and the follow may start back-leading the leader.
  • Often couples who stay together feel added pressure to do well, which could potentially lead to frustration and arguments. Rotating helps you to feel more comfortable to make a mistake, and the experience is enriched when you get to come back to each other in the rotation and be better each time you go around.
  • Rotating gives you the opportunity to meet new people who are also interested in learning to dance. Often dance friends become like family!

Despite the benefits of rotation, if you feel strongly about not rotating, you will never be forced to do so. If you do not want to change partners, please inform the receptionist or your instructor prior to class, and adjustments will be made for you.

6.- What style of Salsa do you teach?

We specialize in the On2/NY style of salsa. This is the style that is taught in our group classes.  If a student knows a different style of salsa (most commonly the On1 style), and is looking to transition to the On2 style, we can assist with this transition.  If a student is looking to learn a different style of salsa, we will be unable to offer a group class, but we can work with them privately to learn this style.

7.- What is the difference between your levels of Salsa classes?

Level 1 Boot Camp: Our absolute beginner classes in Salsa and Bachata. These classes cover the basic steps, basic timing, how to partner, and the history of the genre. This is an 8 week progressive class, and no new entry is permitted after week 2 without instructor permission.

Level 2: To be taken after graduation from a Level 1 Boot Camp. This class will introduce students to shines and cover the first 30 shines of our syllabus. It will also cover the first 6 steps of our 12 step partnerwork system using multiple turn patterns and combinations. Students cannot enter level 2 and bypass a level 1 boot camp without instructor permission. 

Level 3 Boot Camp: Students can enter this boot camp after learning all the material presented in our level 2 classes. This class will continue with the 12 step partnerwork system by teaching students how to complete all of the steps without the assistance of a partner. In this class, both men and women will learn the “followers” footwork, and drill it for timing, technique, etc. Partnerwork will not occur in this class until the last 3-4 weeks of the course. Although this is an untraditional method of instruction for a genre of dance that centers around partnerwork, this method has been proven to produce stronger leaders and followers. This is class is split into ‘intro’ which just teaches the steps, and ‘advanced’ which drills them and incorporates partnerwork.

Level 4: This level will introduce the second half of our shine syllabus with 30 higher level shines. It will also begin integrating all of our 12 step partnerwork system, with more advanced turn patterns and combinations. In this level, a strong emphasis will be placed on connection to your partner. We will also begin to introduce elements of styling to our dancing. 

Level 5 Boot Camp: This class will review our 5 hand shines/stylings in detail, and how to execute them as a leader. Followers will learn how to recognize and follow these different signals. This class will also introduce the element of ‘shaping.’ This is a 12 week progressive class. No new entry permitted after week 4 without instructor permission. 

Level 6: In this class, a strong concentration on spinning and hand stylings will be utilized in higher level shine and partnerwork combinations. This class will also introduce our “topic of the month” concepts.

Seminars: Our “Seminar” levels are taught at a level 4 and up. Students learn body movement, spinning, conditioning & the breakdown of the body/muscles. Although students are able to go into our seminars starting at level 4, full understanding & manipulation of the material is considered a mastery of “level 7.” 

Level 8: This class will focus on implementing complicated techniques into advanced turn pattern combinations or footwork combinations. Students will be expected to know all aspects of our basic 12 partnerwork system, have strong leading and following skills, and be able to complete multiple spins without assistance. Entrance into this level requires instructor approval.

8.- Approximately how many people are in each class? How long are your classes?

Our classes can vary in size. However, we average about 15-20 people in every class. Group classes are one hour each. Our typical set up is 30 minutes of “shines,” or footwork, and 30 minutes of partnerwork. However, the instructor may adjust as they see fit.

9.- Do you offer classes for children/teens?

For children ages 5-11 years old, we offer mixed level classes in the genres of salsa, bachata and hip hop. Teens and young adults (ages 12-18 years old) are welcome to come into any of our adult classes. We also offer youth performance groups for those that are looking for more opportunities to dance and perform. These groups are open to children ages 7-18 years old.

10.- Do you offer family discounts, or student discounts?

For family members that are joining us (ie mother/daughter, husband/wife, siblings), we offer 20% off each additional package purchased.  For students 18 years and under, we offer discounted teen pricing.

11.-What happens if I have to miss a class? Do you offer make ups or extensions? 

Unfortunately, we cannot offer package extensions in the event that you do not attend a class. Each package expires 30 days from the activation date. To make attendance as convenient as possible, we offer each level 3-4 times a week. Students are able to attend classes in their approved level, or below. 

12.-Do I have to start at the beginning of the month for my monthly package?

Our packages can be activated at any point during the month, and expire 30 days after activation. So if you purchased a package on March 5, it would expire on April 5. 

13.- Do you teach any other genres besides Salsa & Bachata? What are workshops?

Workshops are specialized classes that we offer outside our normal class schedule.  They require separate packages, and each workshop has their own rules about attendance/when a student can join. Workshops can vary in length and run anywhere from 1 day to multiple weeks/months. Some examples of workshops done in the past: Argentine Tango, Hustle, Ladies Styling, Latin Jazz, and West Coast Swing.  Workshops are a separate cost from our normal class packages. We are always open to suggestions of workshops that students would like to see in the studio. If a student is interested in a genre that is not offered in our schedule and we are not able to offer this in a workshop, we can also arrange to have an instructor work with them privately.

14.- What forms of payment do you accept?

We can accept all of the following forms of payment:

Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, & Paypal

15.- Can you choreograph a routine for an upcoming event?

We can offer choreography for any special event including weddings, quinceaneras, sweet 16s, father/daughter dance, school events, competition, etc. This can be done for an individual, a couple or a group in the genre of your choice.

Choreography is done by private sessions via appointment, and is customized based on your individual need. For more information, please speak to a receptionist.

10.- What is a boot camp? What is the difference between a boot camp and a regular class?

Our bootcamp classes are 8 week progressive classes/seminars. Due to the progressive nature of these classes, entrance into an ongoing boot camp is not permitted after the second week.  Since they are progressive, regular attendance is required. These classes are different then our “regular” or non-boot camp classes because of their progressive structure. Our non-boot camp classes offer a more cyclical approach to the information taught which allow students to come in and out more freely. Whether a level is a “boot camp” or a non-boot camp depends on the material that needs to be covered. All beginner students must start with a boot camp class.

10.- What is a boot camp? What is the difference between a boot camp and a regular class?

Our bootcamp classes are 8 week progressive classes/seminars. Due to the progressive nature of these classes, entrance into an ongoing boot camp is not permitted after the second week.  Since they are progressive, regular attendance is required. These classes are different then our “regular” or non-boot camp classes because of their progressive structure. Our non-boot camp classes offer a more cyclical approach to the information taught which allow students to come in and out more freely. Whether a level is a “boot camp” or a non-boot camp depends on the material that needs to be covered. All beginner students must start with a boot camp class.

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