Salsa FAQ

How Much are the weekly classes?

$40 for 4 sessions, punch card style. At our Thursdays Milwaukee location, Salsa students can take Argentine Tango for free. Taking
advantage of this promotion will give you 8 Hours worth of Argentine Tango & salsa lessons!

If I pre-pay, How Much will it cost?

Just $10/per two hour session if pre-paid for 4 sessions.

Can I WALK-IN?

ABSOLUTELY! We always review the basic steps in the first portion of the class; you will be fine. $15/drop in two hours.

I’m coming with a partner. Can we dance together during Salsa?

Yes. Whether you dance together during the Salsa lesson or swap partners (or a combination of the two) is entirely up to you. Please let your teacher know you wish to stay together. If you feel more comfortable dancing together during salsa lessons, that is fine. (You may wish to bear in mind, however, that couples often progress faster when they dance with other people as well.) We leave that up to you, just have a BLAST!

Which Salsa Classes should I take? Are they all the same?

All the beginning classes teach the same fundamental dance techniques. Each class covers different patterns, so you can take several classes each week and monthly, and learn new things. It does not matter which day of the week, or where the class location is – you’ll always learn what you need to know! Many people take multiple classes each week to reinforce the learning process. Intermediate classes teach different material/patterns each class.
Our goal is for you to Learn Salsa! We don’t try to “hang on to customers and only restrict to our style and classes”.

I’ve never danced Salsa, will I stand out? Will I look foolish?

No, you’ll be surrounded by other people, like yourself, with some that have danced and others that have NEVER danced! We set the right expectation up front, support and encourage each other while learning! We set the right tone to make sure that you feel comfortable and have fun.

What shoes should I wear to Salsa Lessons?

Avoid trainers or shoes which grip the ground too much – they make it hard for you to move. Avoid backless sandals as they tend to fall off as you dance Salsa.
Shoes with too high or too narrow a heel may make your feet ache, prevent you moving easily and make it harder to dance. (a one and a half inch heel is ideal)
As you progress, if you find you are dancing regularly, buying a pair of shoes for dancing is well worth it. You can buy shoes quite cheaply and they will look after your feet and make it much easier to dance.

DO NOT WEAR STILETTO OR KITTEN HEELS – as these concentrate all your weight into a very small area, so if you tread on someone, you could really hurt them. They are also very hard to dance in and can damage dance floors, especially if they are metal-tipped.

Salsa as exercise. Salsa is replacing the gymnasiums! Why?

Its a lot more fun getting a great workout socializing and having a blast vs. working out alone at a gymnasium. Salsa dancing not only feels good, but it also improves your physical strength, endurance, flexibility and coordination. You can get a real high from dancing, and in the stressful world we live in this natural high is a GOOD THING.

Salsa also provides good aerobic exercise with less strain on the joints than higher impact activities – e.g. jogging. You exercise aerobically when you feel a mild level of exertion – i.e. feel warm, start sweating, feel your heart and pulse rates up – but not such that you can’t carry on a conversation. Most averagely fit people achieve this when dancing salsa. Aerobic exercise should be indulged in for at least 20 minutes, 2-3 times a week. Our Salsa Bootcamps will help you burn 1500 calories!

Do I need a Partner?

Absolutely not! We rotate partners in class, and everyone will have ample partners. If we have an imbalance, extra people just wait in between couples, and will get a partner in a couple of minutes (we switch partners quite a bit during class). We also do our best to have even classes but it can be a challenge at times with so many people signing up!

I’m bringing someone, do I have to rotate partners?

Rotating partners is not solely for social reasons. It helps the learning process. It’s necessary to properly learn how to lead and follow. Everyone has a different style, and changing partners will greatly enhance the speed at which you learn. That being said, you can always remove yourself slightly from the circle and not change partners – no problem!

Is this a singles class? Are there many singles there?

No, this is not a “singles” class, but there are a lot of singles people taking salsa lessons. There are also many couples as well. It’s a very casual and supportive atmosphere where everyone is having fun and learning how to dance. These classes have a mixture of people from all social walks of life! From Doctors, Lawyers, waiters, waitresses, models, maids, you name it, everyone will be there having a GREAT TIME! We are all equal when it comes to having FUN!

Can I bring a group of people?

Absolutely! If you’re nervous about taking a class simply invite your friends. They’ll have a great time and you’ll be able to practice together. On certain classes, please pre-register due to the room capacity. We also have group rate discounts!

What if I sign up for a session of classes and have to miss a class?

No problem! You can swap classes at any time, and make up classes during the week, for any other class. Once you sign up for a session, and miss a class, you may attend a make up class by informing the teacher. COMMUNICATION WITH THE INSTRUCTOR IS KEY! If you cannot make any other class in that week, then you would lose a class (although we do go out of our way to make sure people are well taken care of). If you miss a class, and do not communicate, the money is non-refundable due to the costs that are involved.

Anything else I need to know about classes or how to prepare, what to bring?

Just bring yourself, bring water, your friends, and the desire to learn and have fun. You’ll have a great time! Always prepare for dance classes by practicing good hygiene! What that means is, please shower before coming to class – and wear deodorant and antiperspirant. Ladies – perfume, men – a touch of cologne. These little thoughtful touches go a long way. Nobody forget to bring your breath mints!

What are three big tips for a Beginner dancer trying to learn the fastest way possible?

First, count out loud! Just like in class – take every opportunity to count and grasp the rhythm. Second, perhaps find a partner to practice with them (you should still rotate partners in class, but outside of class, you can practice with someone)

Incredible Social Benefits: Meet tons of people! Far more than you could in any other medium. Ask anyone who has tried it. The social benefits, for both men and women, are second to none.It will aid you in life: in way’s you can’t possibly imagine before trying it. You become better at work, more focused,
more fulfilled, and far more self confident! You’ll carry yourself in an entirely different way.

Connection with other people, community: For many, Salsa Dancing will get you in touch with a fantastic, diverse and fun group of people, and it allows you to form a connection with another person (while dancing) that is rare in today’s society. It’s called partner dancing for a reason, and there is nothing quite like having a dance, with someone you’ve just met (or you’ve known for years), which allows you to share such happiness and joy. Being one with the music!

More fun than you’ve ever had: That’s quite a lofty benefit, but for many, they find that Salsa Dancing is just the element that has been missing from their lives. No single type of dance is for everyone, but Salsa is a lot of fun.There are so many other reasons. Hopefully we’ve provided enough reasons to at least have you take the first step.

What are the types of Classes that you serve?

8 Hour Classes ( monthly )
See details here!

Private Lessons:

Please contact us via email for details (info@bailandodance.com)

2 Hour Classes (Weekly)

Bailandodance.com is now offering 2 weekly classes per your request!

Tips for Beginners FAQ

Here are a few things to remember before you actually set off for your first lesson.

Wear comfortable shoes to the Salsa Class, as feet can get sore after dancing for a few hours. Avoid trainers that grip the floor too much and make it hard for you to move. Do not wear slip-on shoes or stilleto heels as they are hard to dance in and can damage dance floors.

Wear loose, comfortable casual clothing at the Salsa Class. If women wear skirts make sure they are not below the calf as they can get caught on the heels of shoes when dancing. Layers are good, because as you get warm, you can take clothes off. Salsa dancing is very good exercise – you will be surprised on how warm it gets and how many calories you end up burning!.

You do not need to come with a partner to the Salsa Class, even though we want you to tell everyone! We have a rotation of partners, it is an extremely social dance, you’ll love it. Everyone has a great time at the Salsa Class.

Last but not least- BRING A GREAT ATTITUDE! This is key!

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