Male salsa teacher demonstrating his moves

Salsa, Mambo & more

with

Patrick, Scarlet

& Team

All classes on this page qualify for Dance Vancouver's Unlimited Monthly Memberships and New Student Deal

We specialize in Salsa

 

Our comprehensive course offerings range from beginners to advanced in both Salsa and Mambo. Unique to Dance Vancouver is our variety of booster classes, such as body movement, shines & styling, musicality, as well as regularly featuring secondary dances through our Dance of the Month course. We cover all aspects of Salsa to ensure our students have every opportunity to progress as quickly and as far as they’d like.

New Students & Membership Holders!

 

All classes listed on this page fall under the New Student Deal and Monthly Memberships and are eligible for you to attend. Classes you attend must be at your level and below.

To determine your level we encourage you to book a free assessment 604-732-6236, or view any class, any time.

Are you a Nervous Newcomer?

Ease your fears around dancing by reading our "Students Experiences" and get a head start on your first class with our complimentary "Learn Salsa in 1 Minute" video lesson.

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BEGINNER

Break out of your shell & check out our beginner-friendly classes.

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INTERMEDIATE

Learn to spread your wings from the studio to the social dance floor.

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ADVANCED

You've invested time, energy & passion and your skills prove you can hang.

CLASS INFO

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BEGINNERS

Partner Classes

Salsa 1

This is the Starter Course no one should miss!

No previous dance or Salsa experience required. Each class starts with an explanation or review followed by a new Salsa turn pattern. Students are introduced to fundamental lead and follow techniques including right and left turns, cross body lead, rhythm recognition and dance floor etiquette.

Recommended to do this level 3 months before moving to level 2.

Thursdays, 8:30 - 9:20pm

Beginner Track

Movement Basics 

Learn to move like a Latino!

 

The essence of Salsa is being able to move your body to the rhythms of Salsa... so start your journey right by learning to move authentically from the get go!

Pre-requisites: Zero talent and zero experience required. The only requirement is you show up and have a willingness to learn. We'll take care of the rest.

Recommended for anyone new to Salsa body movement.

Saturdays, 12:00 - 12:50pm

 
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BEGINNER

Salsa 1

This is the Starter Course no one should miss!

No previous dance or Salsa experience required. Students are introduced to fundamental lead and follow techniques including right and left turns, cross body lead, rhythm recognition and dance floor etiquette.

Recommended to do this level 3 months before moving to level 2.

Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30pm, and or 

Saturdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Body Movement & Shines 1

Learn to move like a Latino!

 

Start your journey right by learning to move and step authentically from the get go! This course will provide the foundation of your body movement, shines aka fancy footwork, and styling moving forward.

Pre-requisites: A willingness to learn and have fun.

Geared to newer dancers, and dancers new to body movement and shines. Open to men and women.

This class is a BOOSTER class.

Saturdays, 1:00 - 2:00pm

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Bachata 1

A great dance in it's own right, but a necessary addition for any Salsa dancer!

No previous dance or Salsa experience required. Students are introduced to fundamental lead and follow techniques including right and left turns, cross body lead, rhythm recognition and dance floor etiquette.

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Sundays, 11am - 12pm

Hip Hop 1/2

For newer dancers to Hip Hop.

 

Class will start with a light stretch, followed by a cardio type groove session. The second half will be learning a short dance choreography to put your groove into practice to develp coordination and musicality.

Saturdays, 2:00 - 3:00pm

Brazilian Zouk 1

 

Start your Brazilian Zouk journey here!

This is an absolute beginners class.

Foundations and vocabulary. In this level you'll learn the all important basics to start you off right, including but not limited to, weight transfers, projections, pivots, plie, basic steps, Viradinhas, Lateral yoyo, simple turn, Gostonzinho. Don't know what this means? You soon will:)

Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30pm and/or Sundays, 2:00 - 3:00pm

Salsa Cardio

This is a high energy, low impact cardio fitness class, designated for all levels. It combines Salsa footwork with upbeat Salsa music.

Learn the turns and the fun shines with an extra Salsa flare and sweat.

Saturdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm

 
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INTERMEDIATE

Salsa 2

This course will be the highlight of your week!

Designed for students comfortable with the basic steps, cross body lead, basic timing, change of place, left and right turns. This level builds off Level 1 to create more dynamic turn patterns perfect for the dance floor. 

 

Recommended to do this level for a minimum of 4 months before moving to Salsa 3.

Mondays, 7:30 - 8:30pm, and or

Fridays, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Body Movement & Shines 2

 

Step up the swag!         

This course is the much needed bridge between our long standing beginner and intermediate level courses. Building off the Body Movement & Shines 1 course to develop more dynamic Advanced Beginner level skills. 

This is a BOOSTER class. Taught On1.

 

Recommended for On1 intermediate dancers.

Fridays, 7:30 - 8:30pm

Salsa 3

You've done the groundwork, now step it up a notch! 

This level is for advanced-beginner to intermediate dancers looking to either attain or refine their intermediate technical abilities. Focus is on partnering skills, spinning techniques, travelling turns, balance and connection to help you be a great partner on the dance floor.

Recommended to take this level a minimum of 6 months before moving to level 4.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Salsa 2 or equivalent.

Mondays, 8:30 - 9:30pm, and or

Fridays, 8:30 - 9:30pm

Body Movement 3

 

Add flavour and style to your dancing while getting a great workout! 

 

This course is taught On2.

Being able to move to the rhythm is the true essence of dancing Mambo/Salsa, and besides, it will take your solo and partnering abilities to a whole other level. 

This is a BOOSTER class.

 

Recommended for On2 intermediate dancers & up, on an ongoing basis.

Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30pm

*This class will be combined with Shines 3

Mambo 2

It’s all about the “Two” beat!

This course is for On1 Salsa dancers interested in learning to dance Salsa On2 (aka Mambo, New York, Puerto Rican style). Focus is on developing students proficiency with On2 timing and confidence for the social dance floor. Material covered will be the equivalent of Salsa 2. 

Recommended to be proficient in this level before advancing to Mambo 3.

Pre-requisite: High Proficiency in Salsa 3 (On1) or higher.

Thursdays, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Shines 3

Get fit & have fun while learning to look great on the dance floor! 

This course will amp up your shines and styling variations and provide a solid base moving forward.

We consider this a BOOSTER class.

 

Recommended to take this course for a minimum of 6 months before advancing to Shines +.

 

Geared to intermediate and Up Salsa / Mambo dancers. Open to men and women.​

Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30pm

Ladies Styling 2

Get fit and look great on the dance floor!

 

This hour focuses on combing body, arms and steps for for more feminine styling.

This is a BOOSTER class. Taught On2

We strongly recommend you first take our body movement and shines classes to better prepare you for this class.

Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Dance of the Month 

 

DOTM for December will be Hustle!

 

Round out your skills in this fun class!

Each month students will get the opportunity to learn and focus on a different secondary dance form, including but not limited to Cha Cha Cha, Boogaloo, Latin Hustle, Pachanga, Rumba Guaguanco, Bachata, Ladies Styling, Musicality & more. ​

We consider this a BOOSTER class.

 

Recommended for Salsa 3 students and up.

Rumba Guaguanco

Fun, flirtatious 

Cross train your Salsa skills with this fun, flirtatious, folkloric Cuban dance. The cadence and playfulness of Rumba are a great addition to your Salsa skills.

We consider this a BOOSTER class.

Recommended Pre-requisite: Body Movement Intro at minimum.

Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:30pm

Booty Camp

Get your rear into gear! 

Although a full body work out, extra focus is on strengthening and toning participants abs, glutes and legs. 

 

A base of fitness and Dr. consult is recommended. Workouts are challenging. Participants are encouraged to participate at their own pace.

We consider this a BOOSTER class.

Required: Bring your own yoga mat, hand towel and water bottle.

Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Currently not Offered

Stretch

This is a BOOSTER class.

Currently not offered.

Bachata 2

It's time to have even more fun!

Learn more turn pattern variations with proper lead and follow connections and techniques.  You'll also learn body movement drills to help your dance look and feel great.

Tuesdays, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Sundays, 1pm -2pm

Kizomba Body Movement 

The Magic of Kizomba!

 

Kizomba comes in many flavors these days, but nearly every song has a section where it drops to a smooth, simple sound. This is the time to focus on and play with body movement.

Kizomba is so much more than steps. We will explore a few of the isolations and controlled transitions that are the magic of Kizomba.

This course is geared for Kizomba dancers and or Salsa level 3 dancers and up who are new to Kizomba. And is intended for both leads and follows. 

*Currently not offered

HIIT Fitness

Get fit in a challenging but fun small group environment. 

Stick with it and you'll see week by week you'll get stronger and your physical capacity will sky rocket.

 

Consult your Dr. and/or participate at your own pace. Also notify the instructor of any physical issues or injuries and he can adjust your routine.

This is a BOOSTER class.

Bring a yoga mat, hand towel and bottle of water.

Currently not Available

Timba Suelta 2

Suelta: also known as line dancing footwork (dancing without a partner).

In this highly energetic class, we explore TIMBA, a popular Cuban music genre based on Son, Salsa, Reggaeton, Rumba, Afro-Cuban folkloric dance and more.

We warm up with isolated body movements and basic salsa footwork, and move on to explore more complex rhythmic variations, stylistic embellishments and related dance styles building towards completing the class with a dynamic and fun choreography.

Pre-requisite level Salsa 2 or higher. 

 
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ADVANCED

Salsa 4

This course will definitely make you stand out on the dance floor!

 

Geared for high intermediate On1 social dancers proficient in our Salsa 3 curriculum. Course material is dynamic, challenging and full of directional changes so solid ability of fundamental partnering techniques  and solid timing is required.

 

Recommended to take this level a minimum of 12 months. 

 

Pre-requisite: High Proficiency in Salsa 3 at Dance Vancouver.

Currently not offered.

Mambo 4

This course will definitely make you stand out on the dance floor!

Geared for intermediate to high-intermediate On2 / Mambo students proficient with all the techniques in Mambo levels 2 - 3 and are proficient in social dancing On2. 

Pre-requisite: High Proficiency at a Mambo 3 skill

Wednesdays 8:30 - 9:30pm

Body Movement 4

This course will challenge even the most seasoned dancers!

Building on the increased physical capacity, control and coordination from Body Movement Basics and Body Movements Beyond, this course will set your self-expression and style on fire. 

 

Recommended to take on an ongoing basis, even for the most seasoned dancer. 

 

Pre-requisites: Proficiency in our Body Movement 3 and Shines 3 classes. 

Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Currently not offered.

Shines 4

Challenge your mind and body all while getting a great workout. 

 

Using Shines 1, 2 & 3 courses as building blocks, this course will unlock unlimited possibilities for shines, expression and stylizing your dancing. 

 

Recommended to take this course on an ongoing basis.

Pre-requisites: 6 months of Shines 3 and Body Movement 3.

Wednesdays, 7:30 - 8:30pm

Hip Hop 1/2

Come and check out what Richard has in store for you. Whatever it is, it's guaranteed to be creative, cool, intricate, smooth and cutting edge.

Punch Cards also available 

Saturdays, 2:00 - 3:00pm

Ladies Styling 3/4

Find your inner Diva! 

Building off our body movement and shines courses, this course will go over shines, feminine specific arm-work and movements, adding a cool repertoire of femininity to your Salsa dancing.

This is a BOOSTER class.

 

We strongly recommend to take Body Movement 3 & Shines 3 at minimum before entering this course .

 

Recommended to take this course ongoing.

Geared to intermediate / advanced On2 dancers.

Thursdays, 8:30 - 9:30pm

Currently not Offered

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Dance is the hidden     

language of the soul. 

– Martha Graham