How do I register
for a cycle of beginner lessons?
All 8-week beginner courses are confirmed via e-mail. Discounted beginner package is offered at $120 per person that includes 8 weeks of dance instructions, plus a FREE timing practice & Salsa music CD. Email to sign up for the next cycle at
Is previous Salsa or dance experience necessary?
or any dance background is necessary. We build a solid foundation of Salsa basic steps and
partner work in our progressive
Salsa 8 week Programs.
I have two left
feet, how long will it take me to learn?
depends on one’s abilities, expectations, budgets and time put into practice. After
completion of a beginner
cycle, one should be able to execute some basic shines and simple turn patterns. To speed up learning, taking private lessons are highly recommended for one-to-one detailed guidance. Practice makes perfect, so keep up with classes and social dancing!
How big is each
cycle is limited a maximum 25 people. We offer our students small classes to
ensure focus on individual guidance and partnerwork details.
Can I still join the 8-week
cycle if I miss the 1st class?
New comers who wants to join the current
cycle (if there're open spots) can still join us for a discounted beginner rate.
(Rate is not prorated, but still a bargain compare to drop-in rate).
Registration and discount will be closed after 2nd class.
What if I sign up
for a session of classes and have to miss a class or two?
If you missed a class during a cycle, you can attend a make-up class during the
same week/same level or at next beginner cycle.
from current cycle are not transferable to higher level classes.
What are the refund
no refund for missed classes
packages. Our discounted beginner rate is a bargain, compared to single class
you know you'll missing more than 2 classes in a cycle, you have the option of paying by single class.
Do you offer beginner class
on other days? And can I drop-in anytime?
NYSalsababy Dance Lessons are also
taught at Session 73 (Monday @ 8:30pm) and Club Retreat (Wednesday @ 6:30pm) . No need to sign up, just drop-in and be ready to learn some basic moves and dance! Full details at SCHEDULE page.
Are there more
women or men in the classes?
cycle varies, but we try to maintain a good balance of leaders and followers. If
there are extra leaders or followers,
each should stand between two couples
in the rotation.
The extra leader or follower will get a partner in the next rotation.
I don’t have a
dance partner…is it necessary to bring a partner to class?
need to bring partners. We are here to meet new friends and dance! We rotate
frequently in class so that everyone will have ample time to practice with a
partner. If we happen to have an imbalance, extra people just wait in between
couples and you're be with a partner in the next rotation.
I have a steady
dance partner, do I have to rotate?
Rotating is not mandatory, but rotating partners has been proven to help one's
dancing. Everyone has a different style
and changing partners will enforce proper leading and following. We reunite all
original partners at the last 5 minutes of class,
so that they dance together before class is dismissed.
take private lessons or group
Some people wants to learn their first steps in private, then join the
progressive group cycle. Some completed group classes and has the need to brush
up details with private lessons. Whichever the case, private lessons are
customized to your comfort zone. Be sure to inform the instructor about your
specific needs. Each session will be more productive if we work as a team.
What does it mean to dance “on 2”?
To dance on2
means that we break on the 2nd and 6th beat of the
music we dance to is counted in 2 four-beat measures (4/4 time) and we dance
3 beats to each measure.
Or dance 6 beats to 8-counts (123, 567). “Break step” is the rock step that
we change the direction of our momentum.
“On2” is commonly used when describing NY
Club-style Salsa and we
teach that style exclusively in our
What are fancy
footwork aka “Shines”?
Shines are solo footwork patterns done by leaders and followers, that can be
done independently (away from partner) or within the partner work. Open shines
are also known as “floor work” which allows self-expression and creativity to shine on your own! Beginner Shines, Styling &
Spinning class is offered on Tuesdays at 8:30pm for Salsa 1 beginners going to
Salsa 2 level students who wish to add flair and spice to their dancing.
I am of PR/Dominican decent
who has rhythm, but lack partnership skills and Salsa basics. Where I should
Musicality and rhythm are important to dancing, but knowing the proper steps to
move to the music is the key. If you are an absolute beginner who has never
Salsa before, I highly recommend learning from the beginning. Our
8-week progressive cycle
will guide you thru each step and turn to build a solid foundation for Salsa
know one kind of Salsa dancing, which I just dance to the music. Are there
many styles of Salsa dance:
NY Club-style, Cuban-style, LA Style, Ballroom Style, Palladium-style, and break
steps could be on 1, on 2
, on 3. We specialize on NYon2 Club-style Salsa in group classes, but we do
offer other Salsa styles in private lessons and
I am an
Intermediate dancer "On1", what level class should I take?
We recommend taking Beginner Salsa 1 or 2 class and progress to the next level.
There are many basic fundamentals, spin turns and floor shines dancing "On2", which are
covered in both beginner classes. Once familiar and getting comfortable with
those 2 levels, feel free to move on to Intermediate 3 & Performance class
levels. Drop-in are welcome to try out single class before
committing to a full cycle.
I have experience in
casino-style Salsa (from Miami) and I would say I am at a high intermediate or
low advanced level. What is your advice on which class to take?
We recommend taking Salsa 2 Advanced Beginner class on Tuesday at 8:10pm. This
class is basic enough to get you up to speed with all the fundamentals of NYon2
steps and shines, yet won't bored you with baby steps in absolute beginner
class. If you feel that you can master all the steps and shines in a few
classes, then move on to Salsa 3 Intermediate class which is much more challenging with dynamic and directional changes in partner work.
Where can I
practice my moves or go
dancing where it's not intimidating?
Students are encouraged to attend
practice sessions on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30pm.
Each guided practice is $5 at Champions Studio 257 W.39 Street, 14/floor (buzz
012 for building entry), NYC.
NYSalsababy Dance Lessons are also taught at clubs and
lounges where students can refresh their steps or practice their
moves dancing to Latin LIVE bands every week. Join us at
Meetup & Dance
for weekly parties.
Who will be
teaching the classes?
La China is currently teaching all classes with assistance from her dance
partner, Hector Pena, who offers
body movements and advanced spinning and
leading techniques. Other guest instructors are invited for specialized classes
and master workshops periodically.
What should I wear
really no dress codes, except to wear comfortable clothes that you can move in.
Bring a change of clothing or towel for Level 2 & above classes. We'll have a
Do I need special shoes?
Beginners can start with
street shoes that has ankle-straps with medium-height heels or any flat-bottom
shoes. Avoid wearing shoes that have thick rubber soles such as sneakers, clogs, combat boots.
You will learn pivoting and spinning technique that will require shoes with
very thin rubber bottoms or dress shoes that you normally wear to go out
dancing. No flip-flops or open sides please.
Where can I get my
first pair of suede-soled dance shoes?
A wide selection of different styles and brands and somewhat lower prices can be
found at Worldtone Music & Dance Showroom, located at
Avenue (between 23rd and 24th Streets), 2nd
floor, NYC. Make sure you get the suede-bottom Latin shoes, instead of
leather-bottom tango shoes.
Exotic Salsa Shoes is an online store that offers very reasonable prices
with no shipping &
handling policy. Although shoes are not top quality-made, they serve well as
beginner starter shoes.
How big is the studio space?
Our medium-size studio space fits about 12-15 couples comfortably. We have A/C, a big cooling fan and open windows for air-circulation. At times, the room gets hot due to body heat generated by dance excitement. Just be sure to bring a towel after our dance workout!
What benefits do I
receive from partner dancing?
is fun! It releases stress and it tones the body. Partner dancing is the first
step of social activity which connects one to other people, builds confidence,
improves personality, brings in new friends and enhances social lives. It opens
up a fun new world of togetherness and a thriving year-round social calendar.
Anything else I
need to know about classes?
hygiene and dance etiquette are very important, since we have a lot of contact
during partner dancing. If one tends to sweat a lot, bring a towel or an extra
t-shirt to change. Use generous amounts of deodorant and a little touch of
fragrance if needed. Chewing gum is not appropriate in class, but one
can always pop a breath mint in the mouth.
Try to be in class
on time - the beginning of each class is always basic steps/turns reviews - for
those who need the extra drill time, the first 15 minutes are not to be missed!
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