Salsa Dance Lessons
Salsa dance example.
Salsa is a dance that was created fairly recently with the mixture of many different styles and musical techniques that all came together in Cuba, land that was home of the many Latin dances and music styles. After achieving popularity in Cuba, visiting musicians from United States soon became intoxicated with this awesome music and dance style, carrying it back to the states where they kick-started popular age of Latin music domination that never stopped.
Even though modern salsa was born in Cuba, its origins can be traced back to other lands and earlier parts of our history. Basic components of Salsa have been brought together by countless immigrants who came into Latin America searching better life or being brought there against their will (African slaves). By combining Danzón dance of French and Haiti immigrants, Rumbas of African slaves, Són of the Cuban people, troubadour music of Spanish people (mostly Flamenco) and various musical instruments of Africa, Salsa became first performed for the first time during final years of 19th century. It was during that time that visitors to Cuba first became aware of this new musical and dance style, bringing to their home tales of the incredible Latin culture.
Expansion of Salsa to the United States represents one of the most important points in the history of this dance. American soldiers were first who became aware of Salsa during Cuban war of 1898. After that, Cuba was regularly visited by countless famous American jazz musicians who incorporated Latin styles into their performances. By 1909, Cuban musicians started creating their first radio recordings, which quickly found their way to the North America, where they coined the term “Salsa” that described majority of up-beat Latin music that was imported to the US.
Infectious mix of tango, mambo, and flamenco and other dance styles began spreading across Caribbean during 1920s, often with innovations coming from night clubs in never sleeping Havana. As America went through turbulent changes with the age of Prohibition, tremendous influx of American tourists to the Caribbean countries enabled rapid spreading of new musical styles across western hemisphere. In mere years, Cuban salsa music became popular on US radio stations.
Salsa dance entered into peak of its popularity in 1970s when the influx Dominican and Puerto Rican immigrants to the US. Their new dancing style was popularized with the exploits of the musical stars Johnny Pacheco, Fania All-Stars, Willie Colon and Reuben Blades.
As decades went on, several distinct styles of Salsa appeared. Here are some of the most popular ones:
- Los Angeles (“L.A.”) Style
- New York Style
- “Casino" style
- Miami-Style Casino
- Colombian / Cali style
- Rueda de Casino
- Ballroom Salsa
Choose desired course level:
Beginner Salsa Course
Beginner Salsa course is designed for:
- Absolute beginners who have never danced before or who consider themselves to have 2 left feet.
- For people who have taken Salsa classes in the past and who are not sure or have forgotten their fundamental steps.
- For people who want to practice their basic steps.
- For people going to vacation to Latin American countries and want to have basic knowledge of Latin dancing.
You will learn:
- Your basic dance step and variations including Cucaracha, Cumbia, and Cross Over steps.
- Cross body lead and basic turns including, Spot turns, Traveling turns, Back Spot turn and Inside turns.
- How to connect with your partner.
- How to find and hear the salsa beat and dance to the beat.
- How to Lead (men).
- How to Follow (women).
Intermediate Salsa Course Level I
Beginner Salsa course must be completed. Approval from instructors required to start the Intermediate Salsa Course Level I.
You will learn:
- New combinations every session.
- Improving the posture and movements to be able to dance in partnership and in proper Salsa frame.
- Reverse turn, Double turns and Free spinning.
- Cross Body lead variations.
- Basic, Intermediate patterns and combining those patterns.
- More connection and leading & following exercises.
- How to understand music, counts, syncopations and accents.
Intermediate Salsa Course Level II
Ongoing Salsa classes with more challenging patterns, spicy moves & spins. This class is for those who are at the Intermediate/advance level. (Approval from instructors required). Salsa has many patterns, combinations, variations. We recommend taking 3 to 4 intermediate salsa courses before taking Salsa intermediate level II. If you missed the first class, it’s not too late to join us for the second class!.
Salsa training for experienced dancers & performers
We offer dance training to experience dancers from other dance fields. Basic, patterns, leading & following techniques of Salsa dancing, connection to partner & to music, variations and patterns, dips, tricks. We can help with transition to LA Style Salsa from other Salsa styles such as New York Salsa (a.k.a. On 2), Colombian style Salsa, Cuban & Rueda de Casino, Latin Dances such as Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Swing, Jive and other forms of Ballroom dancing. Our goal is to help you to enrich your style so you can apply it for shows, performances, auditions, movies, stage and more… Be prepared! We provide you with training, techniques and spice!
Common options for all courses:
- All courses are available as group and/or private lessons.
- You may choose male or female teacher, as you prefer.
- Certificate of Achievement is available, read more.
- We have dance lessons for kids, mixed lessons (children and parents) are available.
- We can modify the courses to better suit your needs.
Available lesson formats:
Individual Dance Lessons
Nervous about dancing in public? Private lessons take the edge off and allow you to really let loose and see what you’re made of!
Private dance lessons are the quickest, most effective way to improve your dancing. We personalize each lesson based on your individual needs, desires, and goals, adjusting our teaching style to your ability, personality, and expectations. You’ll discover the difference some one-on-one attention can make in your dancing! This ensures the most thorough and rapid learning process, all while keeping it fun, easy, and comfortable.
Benifits of private dance lessons:
- Personalized attention and custom lesson guide
- Scheduled at your convenience
- Fastest way to learn and progress
Private lessons are designed to focus on your own dancing needs. This is where you will be able to learn technic, especially how to use our feet, understand timing, and develop body awareness, the more challenging aspects of your learning and in the same time enjoy the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of our studio, have fun, and enjoy the feeling of dancing.
Group Dance Lessons
Focus on having fun and we’ll take care of the rest! Group classes learning is one of the most exciting ways to learn how to dance. Classes focus on lead and follow skills and how to put dance patterns together in a way that makes sense.
Benifits of group dance lessons:
- Helps growth in the social ability of your dance skills
- Broad experience growth: dancing with multiple partners at all levels and get introduced to patterns at a fast pace
- Meet students of all skill levels and practice dancing with them
- Provides an environment for students to share their experiences, giving newer students advice on how to get the most out of their dance training experience.
- Another blessing from learning with others in a group is developing relationships with those you can now practice what you learned with
Group classes are designed to teach you the school figures and to develop your sense of balance. For the majority of the class the ladies are on one side of the room and gentlemen on the other. We learn the figures and solidify them with a considerable amount of repetition. Because the majority of the time we are dancing on our own, our balance, which is so important is being developed.
We cater for all aims and goals, for great fun, for those who are looking for the health benefits of dancing, for those looking to be the center of the dance floor or to challenge themselves, or perhaps just to spend time with their partner (couples lessons) dancing is one of the best activities in the WORLD!
We are waiting for you on our group dance lessons:
“Practice Sessions” means that all students are welcome and encouraged to come.
While the format of a practice session is much like a typical social ballroom dance, the purpose is different. You can come to just enjoy dancing. You do not need to have a particular move or routine that you are practicing. It is a great opportunity to dance on the biggest dance floor. The instructors will take care for a dancing environment of the session, including providing appropriate music carefully chosen for the correct tempo for each type of dance and for the characteristics that make each dance unique. Instructors hosting the practice session are often pleased to make suggestions when asked.
Benifits of practice sessions:
- Practice sessions offer an opportunity to practice steps or routines on Dance For You Studio spacious floating floor
- Every week our ballroom is available for our students to use for practice sessions
- The ballroom is equipped with a state of the art sound system and provides the perfect environment to focus on and enjoy improving your dancing
- Excellent opportunity to practice what you’ve been learning on your private lessons as well as the Group Lessons
Practice sessions are designed to prepare you for dancing in the real world. At these sessions many of the students attend. This creates the need to develop our traffic skills and maneuverability. You will have the opportunity to dance with a variety of partners. Everyone feels different and our job is to prepare you to dance with anyone. You will also practice to the music the entire practice session.
Look forward to see you on our practice session:
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