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. In all of our classes we operate a 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 a partner and want to dance exclusively with them, you most certainly can. 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 two options for beginners.
Salsa 1. This is a partner class, in which you learn to be a great partner.
Beginner Body Movement & Shines. This is a non-partner, touch free class in which you learn how to dance like a Latino.
If you have prior dance experience and are not sure what level to start, we recommend that you come in for a Free Assessment. Contact us today to book your Free Assessment: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the New Student Deal?
All first time students to Dance Vancouver can take unlimited classes of their level and below. Absolute beginners who are taking Salsa with us for the first time are entitled to take both Salsa level 1 and Body Movement Basics in their first month. If your starting point is determined to be say Salsa 3, that means you’re entitled to attend all days of Salsa 3, 2 & 1 as well as our booster classes.
In order to determine your level, book a Free Assessment to determine what your starting level with us will be: email@example.com.
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 & Footwork 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, non-bulky and do not excessively grip the floor. Stilettos are definitely not recommended.
We recommend buying dance does by level 3, when you’re more invested in dance. 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.
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 seeing as we start a new round at the beginning of each month.
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.
Beware, drop-in rates are expensive ($25).
Seeing as our classes are progressive in nature, we incentivize commitment. We do this by offering flexible attendance with many classes being held on multiple nights per week, we offer discounted monthly rates, an amazing New Student Deal, Free Assessments, as well as welcome you to view any class, anytime.
Are masks mandatory in your dance studio?
No, as of July 1, masks are recommended by the PHO, but optional in our studio.
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. This is because 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 our Body Movement & Footwork classes.
Patient students progress faster than those who take shortcuts.
You know you are ready to move up in level when you can routinely watch and do new material with little to no instruction.
When you dance,
you can enjoy the luxury
of being you.
– Paulo Coelho