We cover the basic steps: mambo, side step (cucaracha), Cuban back step, and open out (abanico). We will introduce you to partner work including cross body moves and simple turns. We also work on timing, helping you to understand how to follow the beat of the music. Each week we add a small variation to the beginners' class. If it's your first time don't worry, we repeat the basic steps in the beginner's class every week.
Building on the beginners class, improvers 1 covers: cross body moves, lady's and men's turns, inside and outside turns, walk through, shoulder check and crucifix. There is a greater emphasis on partner work and technique including spotting. It's at this point that you start to feel that you are really dancing!
It is important to stay behind after the lesson and practice what you have learned. Instructors will be on hand to answer specific questions and go over routines again. We encourage beginners to stay after their lesson to watch the other lessons and to have a drink at the bar. If you stay until the lessons have finished, the last hour is a practice hour and the teachers are on hand to help you practise the steps you have learnt in your class.
After the first practice time we will introduce you to shines which are specific salsa steps that are danced solo. Everyone from beginners or intermediate classes are welcome to stay for the shines before the second lessons start. Example steps include: left and right turns, V-basic, suzie-Q, grape vine, cord step, spiral kick, pachanga taps, four taps, three steps tap and slide, hook step
Once you have mastered the basic steps we suggest you move up to the next level. At this level, we develop your partner work and introduce you to open and closed holds, more turn patterns and combinations. Moves include hammer lock, sombrero, touch and go, whip, wrap, mambo jazz, copa, ballroom turn.
This is the most difficult class that we teach and is only suitable for those dancers that have been dancing for at least several months. The lesson aims to teach not only more complicated turn patterns but also to help dancers with their styling and timing.