We offer drop-in salsa lessons Saturdays from 7-9pm for all levels of dancers which you can join anytime, intro to Latin dance Wednesdays from 7-8pm, ladies’ styling Thursdays from 8-9pm, month-long bootcamps Tuesday evenings, and private lessons by appointment. We specialize in salsa, mambo, bachata, merengue, cha cha, and rueda de casino.
“How do your levels work?” We have beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes for each of the styles we teach. Resist the temptation to move too quickly from one level to the next. It’s not a race! It’s better to take your time, hone your skills, and perfect what you know so that you can feel comfortable dancing and enjoy the experience!
We have three great options for those of you who are new to Latin dance or unfamiliar with NY style salsa: Intro to Latin dance Wednesdays from 7-8pm, our beginner bootcamp Tuesdays from 6:30-7:20pm, and level 1 drop-in salsa lessons Saturdays from 7-8pm. We recommend attending at least 4 of our beginner classes before trying intermediate.
Our intermediate classes are perfect for those of you who already have experience dancing or have completed at least 4 of our beginner classes. Our intermediate salsa class is broken into 3 groups: level 2, 3, 4. If you’re joining for the first time, please come 15 minutes before class to get placed in the appropriate level. Level 2 covers the cross body lead with inside and outside turns. In level 3, each class will cover something different for 12 weeks. You can start at any point in the 12 week cycle. It usually takes 6 months to get comfortable with everything we cover in level 3. Level 4 moves at an accelerated pace focusing on all of the little details that make your dancing look and feel good. We also offer intermediate bootcamps Tuesdays from 7:30-8:20pm. This is the level where you build a solid foundation and develop important social dancing skills. Check our schedule to see what we’re learning this month!
It is our policy that everyone test into our advanced classes to make sure that no one gets hurt and everyone can have fun. Testing ensures you have a solid dance foundation which allows us to keep these classes at an advanced level. Check our intermediate syllabi to see what you need to master in order to be ready for the advanced class. In our drop-in salsa lessons Saturdays from 8-9pm we focus on timing, musicality, body movement, shines, partner work, and styling. Our advanced bootcamps are Tuesdays from 8:30-9:30pm and cover a variety of different styles and topics. Check our schedule to see what we’re learning this month!
- Concepts: Timing, musicality, balance, connection, turning technique, posture, improvisation, flow, opposites, body movement, presence, economy of motion
- Follower’s Drills: Right turn, left turn, walking half turns right and left, 3 half turns right and left, arm styling (warrior, snow angel, double hair comb)
- Leader’s Drills: Right turn, left turn, cross body lead, half right turn + cross body lead
- Shines: Suzie q, kick grapevine, diagonal, triple step, triple switch, step touch, step touch turning, chase & run, circular basic, side basic, mambo, suzie q combo, triple step combo
- Partnerwork: Basic (change direction on 2 & 6), right turns, left turns, cross body lead, cross body outside, cross body inside, cross body double outside, leaderʼs half right turn + cross body outside/inside, free spins, transitions into and out of shines, hand tosses, hammerlocks, hair combs
- Music: Clap downbeats, upbeats, salsa rhythm, changes of direction, clave
- DOUBLE OUTSIDE: Cross body stay in closed position + wing chun prep, cross body double outside
- LEFT RIGHT OUTSIDE: Followerʼs L turn, leaderʼs half R + cross body outside
- CIRCLE PREP RIGHT LEFT SNOW ANGEL: Cross body slide out to catch both hands, circle prep + followerʼs R turn (both hands up), leaderʼs L turn, snow angel + cross body free spin
- 3 RIGHT TURNS + HAIRCOMB COMBO: 3 R turns, follower’s haircomb + cross body inside, leader’s haircomb + cross body lead
- HAND TOSS CROSS BODY: Followerʼs hand toss + cross body free spin + shine
- FOLLOWERʼS HAMMERLOCK: Leaderʼs L turn on the waist, magician hands, followerʼs R turn hammerlock, followerʼs hair comb + cross body inside, leaderʼs hair comb + cross body lead
- FOLLOWERʼS DOUBLE HAIRCOMB: Leaderʼs L turn on the waist, circular hand toss, followerʼs R turn (both hands up), double hair comb + cross body free spin
- RING OF FIRE: Cross body slide out to catch both hands, ring of fire + cross body inside (optional right turns)
- CIRCLE PREP + HALF RIGHT ON THE WAIST + INSIDE: Cross body slide out to catch both hands, circle prep + follower’s R turn (leader’s R hand halo), leader’s half R turn on the waist + cross body inside
- OPPOSITE HAND HALF RIGHT FREE SPIN: Cross body slide out to catch the opposite hand, leader’s half R (under your R hand) + cross body free spin + shine
- LEADER’S HAMMERLOCK: Follower’s R turn (switch hands in the high 5), ask for her L + leader’s L turn hammerlock, follower’s hair comb + cross body lead
- CROSS BODY SHOULDER SPIN: Cross body shoulder spin + shine
- Timing, Connection, Body Movement, Playful, Quick reaction to calls (rueda), Ability to improvise & flow (casino)
- Pa’l Medio/Centro
- Pa’ Ti Pa’ Mi
- Dile Que No
- Dame (con una on7, con dos on7,8, con tres on7,8,1)
- Enchufla (doble) (con mambo, con rumba) (pelota de una, dos, tres; festival de pelota) (pa’l centro, flores)
- Ni Pa’Ti, Ni Pa’ Mi
- Una Bulla (HEY! on5)
- Un Fly (catch a fly ball on1), Un Roller (catch a ground ball on1)
- Enchufla (Manolin, paseala, pelota loca)
- Prima (con hermana, hasta la tia) (switch partners in rueda)
- (Prep on7) Sombrero
- (Prep on7) Vacilala (y dame)
- (Open on3) Setenta (y uno, y dos)
- (Open on3) Dile Que Si
- (Open on3) Parte el Brazo
- (Prep on7) Panque
- Dile Que No Cuadrado