Salsateca Dance School - Beginners Guide

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Beginners Guide

BEGINNERS GUIDE

Salsateca Dance School runs Salsa and Bachata lessons, workshops and parties different days of the week in different venues throughout London. 

We offer Salsa and Bachata Dance lessons from Absolute Beginners with no previous experience to Advanced. Our lessons are structured in four levels; Beginners, Improvers, Intermediates and Advanced. We focus on Social Dancing and our wide experience tell us that absolutely any one can learn to dance, it doesn't matter your age or background. Through dancing you will meet so many likeminded people, do some exercise and have so much fun!

You don't need to book in advance and you don't need to have a partner because we keep rotating partners during the lessons so you learn much more and meet many more people. At the moment we only have drop-in lessons which means you can start any day at any of the venues where we offer lessons or workshops. In the Beginners group you can find people who have never danced before and people who have attended to some lessons. The average student will need up to 6/7 lessons before jumping into the next level (improvers), although some students will learn quicker than others, it mostly depends on how much and often you practice after the lessons, which is very important. Before going to the next level the best thing to do will be asking the teacher if you are ready to move up.

WHAT IS BACHATA?

Bachata is a genre of Latin American music/dance that originated in the Dominican Republic in the first half of the 20th century with African, European, and Indigenous musical elements.

During recent years bachata has gained a lot of popularity around the world and most Salsa Dancers also dance Bachata, that's why we have our lessons organized in a way that most students come to do 2 hour lesson (1h Salsa + 1h Bachata) followed by Social Dance (practice time). You can choose to do either of them but we strongly recommend to take both on board they come together as salt and pepper on a table.

WHAT IS THE PRICE?

You pay only when you come. Different days, workshops or parties have different prices but the most common option is to take 2 hour lesson followed by social dance for £12 or £20 for the 3 hour Intensive Salsa Workshops on Saturdays.

WHAT TO WEAR?

So many people come to the mid-week lessons after work so actually anything is fine, from suits, chinos, to regular jeans, or skirts are fine. The most important thing is wearing something comfortable so specially avoid too short skirts and to high heels or shoes that could come loose. Until you become and advanced dancer you won't need any specific dancers shoes. At the Friday and Saturday parties people dress up a bit more but smart casual style is fine.

And even more important than that, WEAR A NICE SMILE AND NICE PERFUME. You are going to be pretty close to other people so try to arrive with fresh breath and nice body odour ;)

WhEN AND WHERE?

You can find the full schedule at our homepage with all levels and venues but let's focus here on the beginners Salsa and Bachata Lessons.

Mondays at the St Mary Moorfields Hall (Moorgate / Liverpool Street)
7pm Beginners Bachata, 8pm Beginners Salsa, 9pm Social Dance. All for £12. If you only want one hour lesson will be £9 (£7 for students)
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Tuesdays at Revolution Bar (Tower Hill or Aldgate East Tube Stations, Tower Gateway DLR Station, Fenchurch Street Railway)
7pm Beginners Bachata, 8pm Beginners Salsa, 9pm Social Dance. All for £12. If you only want one hour lesson will be £9 (£7 for students)
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Tuesdays at the Bromley Civic Centre (Bromley)
8pm Beginners Bachata, 9pm Beginners Salsa, 10pm Social Dance. All for £12. If you only want one hour lesson will be £9 (£7 for students)
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Wednesdays at Revolution Bar (Tower Hill or Aldgate East Tube Stations, Tower Gateway DLR Station, Fenchurch Street Railway)
7pm Beginners Bachata, 8pm Beginners Salsa, 9pm Social Dance. All for £12. If you only want one hour lesson will be £9 (£7 for students)
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Friday Latin Paradise Salsa and Bachata party at the Bromley Civic Centre (Bromley)
We celebrate this party on the last Friday of every month and it always starts with Beginners Bachata Lessons at 8pm and Beginners Salsa Lessons at 8:45pm and then we party until 1am practicing the moves you have learned during the lessons.
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Saturday 3 Hour Intensive Cuban Salsa at the Southwark Christchurch Hall (Waterloo/ Southwark)
6pm to 9pm for £20 We take a 5 min break and after the workshops we all go together to a local pub to socialise, have some food and drinks and keep getting to know each other. This workshop happens most Saturdays but please check the next date to avoid coming the day it is not on.
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Saturday MADRE RUMBA Salsa and Bachata Party with 3 party rooms at Pimlico Academy (Pimlico)
We celebrate this party on the 1st Saturday of every month and it always starts with Beginners Bachata Lessons at 8:15pm and Beginners Salsa Lessons at 8:15pm and then we party until 2am practicing the moves you have learned during the lessons.
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Saturday EL BEMBÉ Salsa and Bachata Party at The Bottlescrue (St Paul's)
We celebrate this party on the 4th Saturday of every month and it always starts with Beginners Bachata Lessons at 7:15pm and Beginners Salsa Lessons at 8:15pm and then we party until 2am practicing the moves you have learned during the lessons. All that for only £12
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TROPICAL SUNDAYS Salsa and Bachata Workshops and Party at Theatre Deli (Liverpool Street / Moorgate)
This event happens on the 2nd Sunday of every month. We run workshops for beginners from 4pm. So from 4pm to 6pm, we have Beginners Cuban Salsa Lessons and 6:15pm to 7:15pm we have Beginners Bachata Lessons and then we party until 11pm! All that for only £20 You have the option to do only 2 hours of Salsa or one hour of Bachata but most students take the 3 hours.
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CAN I BRING MY OWN DRINK OR WATER?

ANY DRINKS, FOOD OR WATER FROM OUTSIDE ARE NOT ALLOWED at any of the Bars and Clubs where we run our lessons and parties.

Salsateca Dance School has been bringing Latin culture to London since 1992, organizing lessons and Latin nights in nice venues where you can socialize and have a nice drink while you learn how to dance. Please remember it is all about the music, dance, meeting people, having a drink and a great time. In the same way that you wouldn't bring your own sandwich or water to the table of a restaurant respect the venue rules and keep etiquette.

*The only exception is our Monday lessons at the St Mary Moorfields Hall and the Saturday Workshops at the Southwark Christchurch Hall

How can I know what is my level?

Beginner:

For who?
Anyone who's never learned Salsa/Bachata before and are keen on giving it a first go!

What will I learn?
You will be lead through the basic steps and foot patterns of Salsa, basic turns and change of positions, individually and in couples.

How long shall I stay?*
Between 5 to 8 classes.

 

IMPROVER:

For who?
This level will suit people who have attended more than 4 beginner classes, or people who have some previous experience in Salsa but are unsure of their level.

What will I learn?
You will learn the foundation of Salsa. We will focus on building your confidence individually and in couples, introducing new routines, more elaborated foot work, variations of the dancer's evolutions, change of positions and different turns and spinning patterns.

How long shall I stay?*
Between 8 to 16 classes.

 

INTERMEDIATE:

For who?
This level is suitable for those with a fair experience in Salsa dancing (from at least about 16 classes).

What will I learn?
These classes will expand your knowledge and skills working in partners through elaborate sequences, several turns and spinning patterns, more advanced foot work, to and according with the music.

How long shall I stay?*
We advise you to stay at this level until you feel confident enough on the dance floor (about 10 to 15 classes).

 

ADVANCE:

For who?
This level is for you if you have a fairly strong experience in Salsa and are looking for an extra push and/or if you came regularly to the classes at least once or twice a week for the last 6 to 8 months.

What will I learn?
You will explore fast-paced and challenging sequences, footworks, turns and spins patterns. Depending on your  teacher, you will broaden your different styles and inspirations.

How long shall I stay?*
As long as you  need!

You ought to ask your teachers regarding recommendation and advice. They will be happy to clear any doubts regarding the level you are at and/or when to move up to the next one.

* Please understand that this is a rough time estimation. It will vary depending on your personal commitment, musicality, attendance, regularity and extra practice.

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