Do I need to bring a partner?
Partners are not required for Dance Vancouver group classes. Our classes cater to both students who sign up on their own, as well as students who sign up with a partner. Classes operate a partner rotating system. Every few minutes students get to dance with a new partner to ensure that all students get to dance with one another.
If you have your own partner and do not wish to rotate partners, simply let the instructors know and we will happily accommodate you.
Which Salsa is for beginners?
We have 2 options for beginners.
Salsa 1 - In this class you learn to dance with a partner. Held on Monday evening and Saturday afternoon.
Beginner Body Movement & Shines - This is a non-partnering class where you develop Salsa body movement & Shines (fancy footwork). Held on Saturdays conveniently in back to back time slots with Salsa 1.
What do I wear to class?
Keep in mind, one of our goals is to make you sweat! With that being said, athletic wear that allows movement and ventilation is recommended, especially for our fitness, Body Movement & Shines classes.
For our partner classes we offer the same recommendation, but ultimately wear whatever you feel comfortable in. For some this will be dressing up, for others this will be dressing down. And for some it's more a matter of blending in. If this is the case, most people show up to our partner classes in casual street clothing or athletic wear.
What type of shoes should I wear?
Typically newcomers to salsa do not need to purchase dance shoes. Whether it be a dress shoe or even a form fitting sneaker, most people already have something suitable in their closet. We recommend shoes that are stable, sleek and do not grip the floor. Stilettos are not recommended.
We typically recommend buying dance does by Salsa 3. Generally this will be a dance shoe with suede soles. Proper dance shoes will better allow the intermediate / advanced dancer to better execute precise footwork as well as lessen joint strain. If you are in the market to purchase dance shoes but you are uncertain as to what to look for, consult any of the Dance Vancouver staff.
I sweat a lot. What should I do?
Flying sweat tends to not be well received. If you are an excessive sweater be considerate of your dance partners and bring a hand towel to dry off and/or bring as many changes of shirts as needed. No, you won't be able to deceive people into thinking your flying sweat is the sprinkler system triggered by your hotness.
What is the New Student Deal?
All first time students to Dance Vancouver can take unlimited classes their level and below during their first calendar month with us. Absolute beginners taking Salsa 1 for the first time with us are welcome to take Saturdays Body Movement & Shines class, in addition to both days of Salsa 1.
If your starting point with us is determined to be Salsa 3, that means you’re entitled to attend all days of Salsa 3, 2 & 1 as well as our booster classes during your first calendar month with us.
Need help determining your starting level with us? View a class, talk to our front desk staff, or Book a Free Assessment: email@example.com.
Personal hygiene. How can I best prepare for this?
Looking clean and smelling clean goes a long way to ensure you are well received by your dance partners. Simply showering and brushing your teeth is not enough. Please be conscientious to use effective deodorant, chewing gum/mints and clean clothing.
Can I join a course that’s already started?
Generally yes, you can join a course that has already started if we have room. Some classes are more conducive to taking on new students partway through than others. Contact us if you missed the current month’s start date to see if you can join us part way through. If it's recommended you wait for the next session, you only have to wait a 2 - 3 weeks at most, as we start a new round of classes at the beginning of each month.
Can I make up missed classes?
Yes. For classes offered multiple times per week, our Flexible Attendance policy means that students can attend any of the other days their same class is offered during their same 4-week session, free of charge. You decide if you want to attend once or twice per week, or alternate which days you want to attend.
Note: Salsa 1, 2 and 3 are typically offered twice per week.
Can I pay a drop-in fee to your classes?
Consideration will be made depending on class capacity as well as the appropriateness of the level. Although we will do our best to accommodate drop-ins, the pace of the class will cater to those registered in the full series.
Are masks mandatory in your dance studio?
We will continue to follow PHO directives and people's right to choose. Beginning September 7 we anticipate there will be no public mandates for mask wearing. If you are in a partner-based class and rotating partners, we may suggest wearing a mask for the time being.
How many times should I take each level?
Salsa 1 has 3 different modules. Each module takes one month to complete, therefor Salsa 1 should be taken for 3 months.
Every level from Salsa 2 onwards we recommend taking multiple, multiple times. We continually introduce new and interesting elements and dynamic variations each and every month. There's plenty of room to grow in all of our levels. This also includes all of our Booster classes.
Patient students progress faster than those who take shortcuts.
You know you are ready to move up in level when you can watch and do new material with little to no instruction.
When you dance,
you can enjoy the luxury
of being you.
– Paulo Coelho