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Dance ChristchurchBachata Dance Classes
Start Dates:
Bachata Dance Course Time Slot Next Start Date Free 1st Class?
Bachata Beginners 101 4wk Course
+ Free Practica 15mins prior to class
Monday 6:15pm 14th November Yes
Bachata Improvers 201 4wk Course
+ Free Practica 30mins afterclass
Wednesday 7:30pm 19th October No
14th December
Bachata Intermediate 301 4wk Course
+ Free Practica 30mins afterclass
Wednesday 8:30pm 16th November No
What is Bachata?
Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic & is a popular dance that is danced in Salsa event, socials & parties as well, its a very easy dance to pick learn & is fun to dance. It is danced widely all over the world but not identically. The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat.

Beginner Bachata Course 101 Level:
Dance ChristchurchCourse length:
4 weeks 1hr each week + 4 week Improvers.
Dance ChristchurchFree 1st class
(beginners week#1 & #2 only)
Dance ChristchurchLevel: Ideal for any level including beginners
Dance ChristchurchFree Practica Slot
15mins before class starts there is a free slot to practice
Bachata Beginner Beginner 101 courses are ideal for absolute beginners & anyone who has had some partner dancing experience or if you have done Bachata before, this is a chance to recap and learn more.
Learn all the basics of most of the styles of Bachata traditional style. Once you have completed the beginners Bachata. You may join the next level "Improvers" Bachata Level. Regardless of your dance level in other styles its always best to start at the beginning, we've redesigned this course for the absolute beginner in mind. No Partners Needed either.

Improver Bachata Course 201 & 202 Level:
Dance ChristchurchCourse length: (4 weeks) 1hr each week.
• Join once you have finished Beginners Bachata, continues directly from beginners.
• More Bachata Fundamentals in various styles of Bachata.
• Extension to Beginners level, with fun easy new combos & shines,.
• Once 4 weeks of Bachata Improvers a New Intermendiate level will start for 4 weeks.
• More than one variation of this course 201 & 202 etc
• FREE Practica 30mins (practice time) at the end of class, a social time to practice all your new moves.

Intermediate Bachata Class 301+ Level:
Dance ChristchurchCourse length - 4 weeks
Dance ChristchurchLevel: join in after improvers Bachata level or if you are at Intermediate level already. No repeats.
• Join this level when you have finished any improver level course.
• Intermediate 4 week courses covers new combos in each course.
• More than one variation of this course 301+, this course never repeats to date.
• The shines start over with a new set to learn, so essentially the Intermediate never ends with new content.
• You will learn new styling, combos, turn patterns & styles including;
- Sensual Bachata
- Traditional Bachata
- Dominican Bachata
- Bachata Moderna
- Bachatango
• Once the 4 week course is finished a 4 week Improvers Bachata starts and after 4 weeks again a new Intermediate begins, we would like to encourage you to do improvers & intermediate sections to keep your Bachata going each week.
• FREE Practica 30mins (practice time) at the end of class, a social time to practice all your new moves.
• Take your bachata to new levels....Join in at any time.

Bachata Practicas
A chance to practice all those moves you've been learning in class we allow 30mins after Intermediate & Improver class and also 15mins before beginner classes. Guides & Taxi dancers available to get help if needed. Note this is not ideal for anyone that hasn't learnt Bachata yet. FREE to current Salsa Latina Bachata students... join our newsletters and see our timetable for these.

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• Free 1st Class, in Beginners 1st 2 weeks only... details >
• Salsa Latina Concession cards encouraged for saving
- Concession Card & Casual Rates $11-$15... pricing here >
• Early Bird Special (some courses)... see details here >
• No Contracts, No joining fees, Pay-as-you-go
• N.B. No Eftpos available at Salsa Latina but avail in the Mall
Teachers: Reuben & Sabine / Robyn
Salsa Latina Dance Centre - 12 Bath Street Christchurch, NZ
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Bachata Styles
You will learn a touch of all of these throughout the levels.
• Traditional Style Bachata is the most simple, great to start with. With easy turns, footwork & patterns.
• Dominican styles of Bachata including dominican shines.
• Bachata Moderna style has modern elements & some influences from tango & other styles of partner dancing.
• Sensual Bachata, speak for itself and includes body movement and connection & leads also used in Zouk
• Bachata Tango or Bachatango is a new style that has even more tango influence with new fundamentals & is popular in Italy & Spain.

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Dance ChristchurchFrequently Asked Questions
Can I bring a friend?
Yes you can bring as many as you like for a first free class in begginners 101 at Salsa Latina, remember only in the 1st week is a FREE class. You can bring them up to week#2 in beginners at the latest, but you will need to show them the basics to get a head start. Please ask your friends to register/enrol online to save time also.
Can I come take a look?
Feel free to come and watch any running classes, anytime they are running, we recommend to come & watch one of our higher Latin dance levels.
Do I need to bring a partner?
There's no need to, there are always plenty of people to dance with and the class is rotated regularly in class time so you get a chance to dance with different people, learn faster and experience different leading and following. However you are also welcome and encourage to bring people with you. If there is an inbalance of Male to Female ratio we can make up numbers in the following weeks with more experienced Salseros.
How much are Salsa Latina classes?
Your first (Beginners) class at Salsa Latina is FREE but only on the 1st 2 weeks of the course. We receommend Salsa Latina concession cards.
• Free 1st Class, in Beginners 1st 2 weeks only... details >
• Salsa Latina Concession cards encouraged for saving
- Concession Card & Casual Rates $11-$15... pricing here >
• Early Bird Special (some courses)... see details here >
• No Contracts, No joining fees, Pay-as-you-go
• N.B. No Eftpos available at Salsa Latina but avail in the Mall
Do I need to enrol?
Ideally yes, this saves time on the first day as we tend to get many people for the 1st class. If you don't enrol, yes you can turn up and do a hand written enrolment, no problem..... Enrol here >
If I'm bringing a partner do I have to swap?
You don't have-to swap, but we do very much encourage it, Salsa & Latin Dancing is a partner dance that anyone can dance with anyone, it also aids learning to swap by a huge degree. Plus its more social & fun to swap dance partners. You could always go over with your partner after class, this is an advantage to learn if you can pracitce with someone. If you really don't want to swap that is okay too, please let us know in advanced as we have some tips.
I have done some classes, do I still join beginners?
Yes, you will need to start with Beginners 101 week#1 or week#2 at the latest. Even if you have done many of these classes from others or Free Intro's which are at a very basic level, we highly recommend joining beginners even if you are at a higher level. This is because our fundamental system & shines (footwork) are packed with information and are progressive, meaning we build from one class to the next till the level builds higher. We don't teach random things like some other schools do.
What Level am I? ..where should I start?
This follows on from the previous question. It is always best to join the Beginners level group lesson as each instructor has his/her own style and teaching methods. The name beginners isn't just for beginners, It's level '1' or 101, it's also designed for people that have learnt Salsa in the past somewhere else, to learn or re-learn the style, as all Salsa & Latin Dance styles are not the same.
There are also series of shines or footwork you need to know as well, all of the fundamentals & shines you'll need to know by name to progress. If the class is too slow or easy then you can move up to the next level with some private lessons to boost you to higher levels, but its always best to talk with the instructors if you are unsure rather than miss information. With the Salsa Latina Salsa & Latin Dance Classes, there is a specific system that builds on itself, missing a level or a few classes will hold you back or drown in the deep end, so we discourage it. It would be like missing part of the foundation of a building out. So to get a compete picture we specialise in making sure you cover all the fundamentals. So make sure you complete each level before going up to the next level.
Classes to Easy or to Hard?
Private lessons can usually fix both. If to easy a private lesson can sometimes get you to the next level in one or 2 30min private lessons. This all depends on your background... Private Lessons >
What should I wear?
Dress for convenience and comfort, so you can concentrate on learning. Gym wear or casual cloths are common. Dress to impress for Salsa club nights & events.
Do I need special footwear?
For Salsa & Latin Dancing its recommend that you wear leather-soled shoes or dance shoes. Most sneakers or other shoes with rubber or spongy soles can stick to the floor during turns and spins and cause ankle and knee injuries. However in the first few classes at the beginner level, anything comfortable is ok. We do recommend dance shoes as you start to progress, or you could get some before you start. We stock dance shoes for men & women at our inhouse Salsa Latina store via "Izadora Couture" see the selection here >
What will I learn?
Everything you need to feel comfortable on the dance floor - so you can have a great time and able to freestyle partner dance with anyone, anywhere in the world to Salsa & Latin music! The same fundamentals are used if you want to take it further into performance & competitions. We cover basic structure and techniques of dancing with and without a partner. The more you understand the fundamentals the faster you can develop your own style. You'll learn the Salsa Latina Foundation System.
Do I need to bring anything?
Because dancing is also cardio excercise, we recommend that you bring a hand-towl. We also have drinks available for purchase or bring a drink to keep your fluid intake up. Also with all partner dancing think 'more' about personal hygiene by making sure your breath is sweet and use deodorant.
How long will it take me to learn to dance well?
Everyone learns at a different rate which makes this a hard question to answer!
Every student will learn the basic steps and have two or three variations in their first class. In every lesson you will learn more and have more fun. The best way to learn is to take these group and private classes, be familiar with the music (listen to Salsa at home) and practice! This makes all the difference between a fast and slow learner. We recommend that you take classes, private lessons now and again but most importantly attend socials/parties and dance with everybody to get the best results!
Do I need to Practice?
We recommend for every 1hr learnt you should practice 2hrs-3hrs to make it stick, and to get the most out of class practicing simple things like the basics, or practicing 5mins a day will even make a huge difference. Social nights like Salsa Parties are good too, usually the start of the night there are slower songs as Salsa Latina.
Not going to Social dancing is like learning to drive but never driving on the road, social dancing is where Salsa & Latin Dancing becomes a part of you. You can also get all of your practice in one evening dancing at an event or Salsa Dance Party and have fun getting fit at the same time. Even practicing a few mins a day at home will make a huge difference. If you dont have a partner, practice your shines or footwork.
Practicas Make the most out of lessons with practice .There are time slots before or after class that are deisgned to be used. Practice makes pefect!
These pratice slots are Free for Salsa latina Students! Guides & Taxi dancers may also be available to get help if needed.
• Beginners & Improvers Practica: 15mins before all beginner & improver classes.
• Intermediate+ Practica: 30mins after Intermediate class.
Should I use Youtube to help learning?
Generally we discourage the use of youtube videos for learning as these are often misleading, incorrect, confusing and not always proper Salsa. The problem is, videos could be posted by anyone including new dancers who often have incorrect information. Good quality education isn’t put on the internet for free and is very hard for new dancers or even more experienced dancers to tell the difference in what is good quality or not. Even paid online content or DVD’s can vary massively. You need to do serious research in the teacher or dancer. Secondly there is the issue of what style to learn? These can vary massively too as Salsa has many flavours & styles because it is a Street dance. Be aware we do teach most of these as well which include Cuban, LA, NY/Mambo, Puerto Rican, Colombian, SA/Cumbia & much more. However we do post regular videos of good dancing with some education on our facebook page, so do join us there and you are welcome to email or message us with any queries.
When will I get good? ....& Beginners Hell.
"When beginners ask me that question, I can't help but smile. My usual answer is two simple words: 'IT DEPENDS'. I always suggest educating yourself about what Beginner's go through during the beginning phases of learning" more here >
Note: this article is reffering to Salsa, but the same goes for any of our partner dances.
Do I need private lessons?
If you want a head start or to jump levels, private lessons are by far the fastest way to learn. Generally, we recommend that you do both private and group classes to feel the greatest benefit. If you're new or behind in classes, you could always try taking a private lesson to catch up to the rest of the class, you can either come with your partner or as a one on one. .... more here>
Where do I go after completing a Beginners course?
Generally after Beginenrs you would progress to the Improver Level, or a Bridge level if one is presented. Another option is to repeat & perfect the beginner level, this is the most important level. Plus if you have a concession card you can carry on using this as you progress to further levels. You can also try other Latin dance styles.
Latin Dancing & International Latin, what's the difference?
Authentic Street Latin vs Ballroom style/Dance sport... what is the difference? These two types of Latin dancing are easily mixed up, one is a modern freestyle
dance that we teach, the other isn't, its a ballroom style- read more here>
Should I Learn Salsa first?
If you're not sure we do recommend to start with Salsa classes because it’s the worlds leading & most popular Latin dance & the worlds most popular partner dance in general. Information learnt in this course is transferable to other styles too. In our Salsa courses you will learn universal techniques, like hand holds, o/c positions and footwork & turning techniques that are used in all Latin dances including Bachata, Mambo, Merengue, Kizomba & Cha Cha etc. You can always learn more than one style at once.
Am I too young, old, small or big?
Latin dancing is for everyone, if you can walk you can dance. We can garantee there will be people of all shapes, sizes & ages.
Salsa dancing has people as young as 4 years old, or to a very mature age, enjoying this wonderful pastime. To see a video of an 80 year old see this here >.
To dance salsa is a natural human activity comes with many benefits, as follows.....
What are the Benefits of Salsa & Latin Dancing?
salsa classes Salsa & Latin Dance classes are an easy way to meet someone & gain more friends & is one of the few hobbies that couples or friends can do together.
salsa classes Dancing is a great social asset & promotes confidence
salsa classes Salsa & Latin dancing develops co-ordination of mind, muscle & balance & Salsa is a Fun way to exercise your body that fits into a lifestyle, You will lower your risk of heart attacks and strokes.
salsa classes You'll have Fun & you will have a lower chance of being depressed or other emotional problems.
salsa classes Go anywhere in the world and Salsa & Latin dance with anyone & meet people fast more here >

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