Roadmap to Becoming a Dancer
STEP ONE: START HERE
Wednesday Group Classes
These are our cornerstone classes. We recommend that every new dancer come to our Wednesday classes and follow this road map. If you stay on this route, you can become an accomplished social dancer in just five months!
Here is how it works:
The program covers Four Latin and Four Ballroom dances in a progressive series of fun and supportive group classes. Here are the dances you’ll be learning.
East Coast Swing
Each class meets for 45 minutes at the following times and runs for four weeks:
- 7:30 Latin Level One
- 8:15 Ballroom Level One
- 9:00 Latin Level Two
- 9:45 Ballroom Level Two
STEP TWO: CHOOSE YOUR ROUTE
The Traditional Route — 5 Months to the World of Social Dancing
The classes are scheduled so that you can build on what you learned the previous month. If you are an absolute beginner, here’s the road you should follow:
In your first month, you can sign up for the Rumba 1 and Waltz 1 classes. You’ll be dancing for an hour and a half and will learn the basic figures for these two dances.
In your second month, you continue to sign up for Latin 1 and Ballroom 1. This month you’ll be learning Cha Cha and Foxtrot. But in your second month, you can also sign up for Rumba 2 and Waltz 2, because these classes will cover the next level of figures. Now you are dancing for three hours and learning four dances!
In your third month, you can sign up for East Coast Swing 1 and Tango 1, and also Cha Cha 2, and Foxtrot 2.
In your fourth month, you’ll learn the basic figures in Viennese Waltz and Bolero, and the Level 2 figures in Tango and East Coast Swing.
And in your fifth month, you’ll learn the Level 2 figures for Viennese Waltz and Bolero.
And now you are an accomplished social dancer with the world of dancing open to you! Once you’ve completed this five months session, you are ready for the Level 3 and Level 4 classes on Monday nights.
The Scenic Route – A More Leisurely Pace: 8-16 months.
You may prefer to take one or two classes a night, instead of three or four. In this case, we recommend that you try one or two beginning dances and then stick with them for two months. For example, you could sign up for Waltz Level 1 in May and then follow with Waltz Level 2 in June. Another option is to focus on the Level 1 classes in Ballroom or Latin and take a different dance each month. This is a great survey introduction to all the ballroom dances.
Traveling the Dance Autobahn: Private Lessons Are the Essential Performance Enhancer
We recommend that every student in our Wednesday classes sign up for private lessons to complement what you are learning in your group classes. Nothing will make you a better dancer, and a better dance partner, than focused, one-on-one work with a seasoned instructor.
Give it a try!
You are welcome to try our other beginning classes as well. Come to Salsa on Tuesday nights and try a Level 3 class once you’ve completed Level 2.