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Free 1st Class in beginners, No Obligation & No Partners required. Salsa dancing is a great way to Have Fun, keep fit and meet lots of new people! Salsa is a modern, social street style dance and is completely a freestyle, meaning its not choreographed. It's the most popular partner dance world wide, it can be danced with a partner or as a Solo dance. You can go anywhere in the world and dance with anyone. We believe anyone can learn Salsa!
salsa FREE 1st Class (1st 2 weeks in beginners only) No Obligation & No Contracts
salsa No Partner Required
salsa Everyone welcome,
yes even if you think you have 2 left feet, we have a cure for this.
salsa Duration: Salsa Classes are one hour once a week for 8 weeks (8 week course) then you can progress
Start with Salsa Beginners 101 Fundamentals
Ideal for absolute beginners or even if you have done some before its best to start here as our courses are progressive. You will learn your Salsa basics & beginner fundamentals, plus you get a FREE class to start. After you finish beginners Salsa you can then you progress through all the Salsa levels. ...see chart below.
You will Learn;
- 12-16 Shines & footwork patterns
- About Salsa Music
- Basic Timing & counts for Salsa
- 18-22 Turn patterns, moves & variations
- 9 Essential Salsa Basics & Beginner fundamentals**
- Learn from NZ Salsa Champions... profiles >
salsa FREE 1st Class (1st 2 weeks only)
- No partners needed, No Obligation, No Contracts
- Practica: 15mins prior to class there is free time to practice
- Salsa Classes are one hour once a week for 8 weeks (8 week course)
Enrol in this salsa class

Start Dates:
Salsa Dance Course Time Slot Next Start Date Free 1st Class?
Salsa Beginners 101
+ Free Practica 15mins practica
Tuesday 6:15pm 16th May (101-ft) Yes
Thursday 7:30pm 15th June (101-ex)
Salsa Improvers 201-202
+ Free Practica 15mins prior to class
Tuesday 7:30pm 16th May (201) No
Salsa Intermediate-Adv 301-337
+ Free Practica 30mins afterclass
Tuesday 8:30pm 16th May (337) No

What is Salsa?
Salsa is a dance for Salsa music, originating from Cuba, Puerto Rico & New York, it has now risen to the status of a world dance and considered the most popular modern partner dance in the world. Salsa dancing mixes African & European dance influences through the music & dance fusions that are the roots of Salsa. Today Salsa is a very modern dance that is infulenced by other styles of modern dancing. Salsa can be a heavily improvised lead & follow street styled or freestyle partner dance. The Origin of the salsa dance steps & salsa music.... read more & videos here>

Beginners Salsa Fundamentals Class Level
These dance classes are for absolute beginners, with a First Free class on the 1st week of the course. So if you are new and would like to learn how to dance Salsa, this class is for is the place to start! Salsa dancing is a great way to Have Fun, keep fit and meet lots of new people! You will learn salsa techniques, partnering and salsa single and half turn patterns. After completion of beginners Salsa you will then progress to either Bridge Level or the Improvers level in a different time slot. These start just as you finish this level.
When Can I Join this Level? Anyone can join this level, no dance experience needed. It's best to join when the course starts (week#1) but can join any time up to week#2 at the very latest. Please check the timetable for week numbers.

The Salsa Latina Class Syllabus & Style
Our System is based on the modern linear Salsa Fundamentals, known as the 'Salsa Latina Fundamentals System', which is unique in New Zealand. It's based on and very carefully constructed & refined from some of the best Salsa dancers in the world, the structure is based on New York Salsa Fundamentals with New York, LA, Puerto Rican, Spanish style with Cuban & Afro influences. Mainly taught On1, but we do On2 too. We specialise in Improvised Freestyle Street Styled Salsa, good leading & following is the key. Many schools do not know the difference on what is leadable & what isn't, if it can't be lead or followed, we don't teach it.
salsa The System is Incorporates Two Elements:
At the start of our Salsa classes we start with a Salsa Shines (Footwork) which also acts as a warmup, then we partner everyone up (Partnerwork).
#1 Partnerwork: Learn from the ground up, a foundation that will build on itself, Think of it like a House foundation. Master these core moves known as Fundamentals and you will progress very quickly. You'll discover that all Salsa 'combinations & turn patterns' are simply 'variations' of 'fundmentals'. We don't teach a random move of the week, rather it is taught to you in a way that is specifically designed to be progressive which build on previously taught elements giving the best results.
#2 Footwork / Shines: You will also Learn Shines (footwork solo dancing) with its New Syllabus of 'New York Shines', which was developed by some of the top New York & Puerto Rican Salsa dancers. Salsa Shines are essential for any balanced Salsa dancer to find their own balance 'literally' as well as flavour, skills & technique. There's hundreds to learn, there's no other Salsa school in NZ that has the same extensive system.

Salsa Latina Dance Academy
Director of Salsa Latina: Reuben

• Reuben (Pro) NZ Pro Salsa Champ + read more >
Marcela (Pro) NZ Pro Salsa Champion + read more>
• Mia (Am) Aust, NZ & SI Champ, NZ Salsa + more >
... more teachers >

• 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


Dance Christchurch Location: Salsa Latina Dance Centre
12 Bath Street Christchurch - see details here >
Dance Christchurch Contact: Phone/txt or form Message via website >

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 is a Fast Track Course?
These courses are usually compressed courses. Stripped of some some information and focusing on the bare essentials to get more into a shorter course.
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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Dance ChristchurchSalsa Latina Dance Class Levels
The Salsa Latina class Syllabus is very carefully constructed progressive system which is specifically designed to give a particular result. The whole series of class levels has been put together to give you a complete learning tool. Although you may perceive that there are thousands of different moves that you can learn, but most of them are simply variations on common FUNDAMENTALS, from our Beginner & Improver levels. Once you learn all your fundamentals you progress to Salsa Intermediate level, which its syllabus lasts just over 5 years (38 x 8 weeks).
For information about our salsa class levels, view salsa class levels page >
Salsa Level flow chart Bridge Level optional courseSalsa Bridge Private Lessons Beginners Salsa Improvers Course Essential course Intermediate Salsa Course Salsa Performance Course
salsa Beginners Salsa 101 Course - On1 Basics & Fundamentals
salsa Improvers Salsa 201-202 Course - On1 Linear Fundamentals
salsa Intermediate Salsa 301-334 Courses - Variations, Turn Patterns, Tech & Shines

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