Our classes start with a “follow me” warm-up. We start by gentling stretching and warming up the body from nose to toes.
Our second warm-up is more fun and athletic. Try your best to follow the instructors it gives you a chance to practice your basics and styling. They are generally kept at a level the class is operating but maybe at a speed to challenge you. This warm-up usually where you will run through some of the key basics that you need to have, and we touch on some of the fundamental dances influencing salsa.
Salsa and Rueda classes will break into the class proper. If its a partner dance-based class we ask you to join into couples, don’t worry, we change partners regularly. We will begin with a review of where the class is up to a medium-paced song.
Some days we dance in a circle formation (man’s right and women’s left hand toward the centre of the circle) in an open break basic (guapea basic) and follow the calls from the instructor. For Rueda classes, this means a change in partner with most moves.
Other days we will be working on Social dancing, what to do when you are out at a party. How to use what you have learnt in a social setting and moves that are useful once dancing outside a circle.
Some times our classes if focusing on individual work, and you will be dancing by yourself. These classes give you a chance to dig into your individual technique and dance skills which make your partner work stronger.
Then we will slow down and review moves that students are having trouble with or introduce a new move. If its partner work, we try to change partners are regularly including the instructors to help get the feel for different leads and follows. Classes are very fluid to maintain the fun and keep the classes level enjoyable.
We will then finish off practising what you have learnt to a medium to fast-paced song and a bit of fun.
Here is a little insight into an improvers class, students practising new steps and a little bit of social dance practice.