and Salsa Teacher
(Taught in a 2-month cycle*)
MONDAYS 6:30-8 pm and TUESDAYS 6-7pm
This level is for those people who have never taken classes in this style
of mambo "On-2", or who are simply interested in learning a different
style of salsa. To get you started, I cover both open footwork (called "SHINES")
and partnerwork. I personally demonstrate how to lead and to follow.
In the course of the 2-month cycle, you learn different steps to embellish
your dancing, such as Suzy-Q, Front Double Cross, Side Basic, Spiral, Double
Crossovers, etc. You will learn how to turn right and left in partnership,
execute a Cross-body, L-turn, Cross-hand turn combinations, etc.
* During your transition from Basic Beginner
to Advanced Beginner, it is often helpful to take the Basic class in conjunction
with the Advanced Beginner class, in order to reinforce your basic footwork,
and solidify your basic partnering technique. I recommend taking the Basic
class again from the 3rd or 4th week on.
(Taught in a 2-month cycle **)
MONDAYS 8-9:30 pm and TUESDAYS 7-8 pm
This level requires that you are comfortable with the basic steps and basic
Turn patterns will be longer and involve more changes of position and turning
for both Leader and Follower. You learn turns such as the Copa, Whip, Basket,
The Shines here are more sophisticated, involving a wider mix and speed
of footwork, more styling and connecting slightly longer combinations.
The Monday class is 1 1/2 hours of pure patterns and Lead/Follow practice.
This will accustom you to a social dancing atmosphere and give you a chance
to assimilate patterns into your natural flow of movement. I highly recommend
this class to advance you to the next level.
TUESDAYS, 8-9:30 pm
This 1 1/2 hour class will teach you to link different patterns and transition
from one to the other more quickly. You will get plenty of practice dancing
to different tempos of salsa, and you will learn how to effectively CONNECT
with your partner.
For this level, I choose one or two technical ideas for each class and develop
them throughout the session. Towards the end of class, I reinforce these ideas
by having you execute them in different variations within a longer turn figure.
Double-turns will be emphasized and occasionally broken down. You will begin
to experience more complex partnering ideas such as Dips, Hesitations and
Ladies/Followers learn how to use hands during partnerwork. Both Leaders and
Followers learn various embellishments of footwork during partnering.
recommend this class to advance you to the next level on Wednesday, Intermediate
each class you learn the beauty of turns and patterns that show you how
to consistently connect with your partner and make him/her feel great while
you dance. Above all, I want you to have fun when you dance, connect with
and enjoy your partner, and feel the music. I encourage you to take whatever
you learn in my classes and make it your own.
With practice and repetition, you may advance to the next level for the following
cycle, although it is often beneficial to take 2 Advanced Beginner cycles
(especially for Leaders) to make your dancing smoother and feel more natural.
You don't need to bring a partner to take
the classes. You will rotate with other students during the class.
best shoes to wear are suade bottom and leather (smooth)-bottom. Avoid rubber shoes to
keep from sticking during turns and prevent injury.
The studio has a very nice wood dancing floor.
recommend bringing a change or two of dry shirts for your comfort and
for beginners, coming on time will prevent you from losing any material
that is broken down at the start of class, and keep you from feeling lost
as the class continues.