Do I need to bring a partner?
Yes and No!
As part of our pandemic adaptations, it is mandatory to bring your own partner, and dance solely with your partner for our partner-work classes. These classes are listed as Salsa or Mambo 1, 2, 3 or 4.
If you do not have your own partner, but would like to get started with your Salsa training, we have multiple non-partner, non-touch classes to choose from. We strongly recommend you start with our Salsa Tracks. See FAQ, "What are Tracks?"
Which Salsa is for beginners?
We have two options for beginners.
Salsa level 1. This class requires you have your own partner.
Beginner Salsa Track. This is a non-partner, touch free package of two back to back classes, developing Salsa body movement and footwork. Currently offered on Saturday afternoon.
What are Tracks?
Tracks are pairings of two back to back classes. The skills learned in the first hour will complement the second hour. These pairings are typically our footwork, and body movement classes. We have several options depending on your level and if you prefer to dance Salsa or Mambo. If you are new to Salsa and or new to body movement, check out our Beginner Salsa Track.
Tracks are offered for the following reasons:
1. By having the same group of students in back to back time slots, it makes it easier to keep all staff and students safe by reducing studio traffic as we transition from one class to the next.
2. To provide students with a more complete skill set.
3. To make students trip to the studio more productive and convenient, by taking two classes on the same day, in back to back time slots.
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 make up missed classes?
Currently due to pandemic adaptations we are unable to offer make-up classes. It's imperative we limit attendance to students registered on specific days and times.
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?
As of the the most recent PHO orders, masks are now mandatory in our studio at all times. This includes entering and exiting the studio, before, during, after, and in between classes.
Masks may be briefly removed to hydrate and fuel up on light snacks.
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 watch and do new material with little to no instruction.