Swivelling hips and a sinuous rib cage characterize Latin Dance. Latin music creates a sexy, energetic rhythm with beats and accents meant for those pulse-stopping dips and turns. Originally an off-shoot of the Mambo, both Salsa and Cha Cha gained popularity in nightclubs not only in North America, but all around the world. Salsa can be best characterized as 'hot and steamy' while Cha Cha has an upbeat, infectious rhythm which creates a sense of playfulness and suggests a flirtation game.
How do I know what level of dancer I am?
All Salsa instructors have their own interpretation of what determines the level of their classes. Salsa is a dance that has a variety of different styles. There is no set curriculum or lexicon of terminology. Therefore what one teacher or instructor considers an Intermediate level may be considered another teacher's advanced level. I recommend trying one class of the teacher/instructor of your choice. If the class is too slow or quick, then speak to the teacher so that he or she can recommend a more appropriate level.
Level 1 Dance Classes
Level 1 is an introductory course, which gives a foundation of movement for students who have had little or no dance experience. In this course, students will learn the basics in 'Salsa and Merengue'. Emphasis will be on the development of partnering skills, lead and follow, the basic principles of timing, as well as basic foot work and variations of simple turn patterns.
Level 2 Dance Classes
Level 2 is a continuation for students who have completed Level 1 or possess a good understanding of the basic patterns of Salsa and Merengue as well as, variations of simple turns and the principles of timing and partnering. Emphasis will be on the continuing development of partnering skills, lead and follow, dance floor etiquette, a good understanding of timing, and the ability to execute simple Salsa and Merengue sequences. New steps and turn patterns will be introduced and linked together to develop new combinations.
Level 3 Dance Classes
The Level 3 focus will refine and reinforce the principles and technique taught at the beginner levels. Emphasis will be on new and more challenging combinations to add to an already existing dance repertoire. Timing will constantly be reinforced which will aid the student in their ability to combine various salsa combinations with ease. Also at this level the basic footwork and timing of Cha Cha will be introduced. Simple sequences will be taught.
Level 4 Dance Classes
Level 4 is a continuation for students who have completed Level 3 or posses a solid understanding of Salsa and Cha Cha. At this level more intricate patterns and combinations are introduced with greater emphasis on speed, timing and co-ordination. Further development of partnering skills will be taught therefore, making the lead delicate, yet effective without requiring muscle. The focus will be on teaching 'leaders' to have a clear concise lead with accuracy in timing while 'followers' become more receptive, resulting in smooth controlled movement.