- What is Salsa?
- What is the difference between Salsa & Mambo?
- What is Cha-Cha?
- What type of shoes should I wear to class?
- How should I dress for class?
- Do I need a partner?
- How many classes would it take me to learn?
- What class level should I come to?
- When does the new session start?
- Do I really need to dance with the instructor?
- Do you offer private lessons?
What is Salsa?
- The word Salsa, means sauce denoting a "hot" flavor, is best distinguished from other latin music styles by defining it as the New York sound developed by Puerto Rican musicians in New York. The dance structure is largely associated with Mambo type patterns & has a particular feeling that is associated mainly with the clave & the montuno. Back to top
What is the difference between Salsa & Mambo?
- There are really more similarities than differences. Mambo has been around for a long time & is more structured such as breaking on the 2 beat. Whereas the Salsa is not as structured & will break on the 1 or the 2 beat or any beat you wish. Back to top
What is Cha-Cha?
- An exciting syncopated latin dance, which originated in the 1950's as a slowed down Mambo, the Cha-Cha gathers its personality, character, rhythm, basis, & charm from 2 major dance sources. It is a derivation of the mambo through its latin music, it is also a step-child of the Swing, as it is danced to its 1-2-3, step-step rhythm. The Cha-Cha gets its name & character from its distinct repetitive foot rhythm. The Cha-Cha is danced to 2-3-4-&-1 (slow-slow-quick-quick-slow) count. Cuban in origin , the Cha-Cha rhythm is found in much of today's popular music such as Marc Anthony's " I Need To Know" & Santana's "Smooth" & "Corazon Espinado". Back to top
What type of shoes should I wear to class?
- Something lightweight and comfortable that stays on your foot when you lift your heel up off the floor. Make sure that the sole is slippery enough to allow for turning & spinning (tennis shoes are not ideal) Back to top
How should I dress for class?
- Where whatever you're comfortable in. Most people dress very casual but some will dress up a little. Back to top
Do I need a partner?
- No. We rotate partners all the time so everyone gets to dance with everyone. Back to top
How many classes would it take me to learn?
- Naturally it varies depending on background and practice time. Generally it takes about 12 classes before you start to feel comfortable with the basics & have enough move to make the dance interesting. Back to top
What class level should I come to?
- Come talk to us before the class you might fit in & we'll recommend a starting level. Back to top
When does the new session start?
- Check our calendar. Back to top
Do I really need to dance with the instructor?
- It's definitely helpful to dance with the instructors as they can pinpoint any problems & keep you from forming any bad habits. But if you don't feel comfortable dancing with the instructors you don't have to, just let us know. Back to top
Do you offer private lessons?
- Yes. Private lessons are extremely helpful. You can learn much quicker & more thoroughly than in group classes. Combining both group classes & private lessons is ideal. Private lessons are available by appointments only. Back to top