F.A.Q; SHOES; DRINKS POLICY
Please read very important drinks policy at bottom of page
These are some of the most commonly asked questions, especially shoes and what to wear!
HOW DO I FIND A GOOD TEACHER?
Salsa is a street dance & not regulated in the same way as ballroom dancing. Whether looking for a first class or seeking another for progression purposes, it is important to choose the right teacher to aid your dance journey. At present, anyone can set up as a teacher so there are some poor quality classes in the community & you may not get true value for money. Having a big personality or being an experienced dancer does not mean they are GOOD dancers, teachers or promoters - these are all very different skills. For instance, some male teachers may teach lots of moves for leads which may be too advanced; some offer insufficient tuition for ladies since they do not understand the skills for a follower. Although in the minority, some of the best teachers are female; they have usually trained to be a lead after several years as a follower therefore understand the dance from both perspectives. Check out very carefully the details for the class(s) you are thinking of attending & ask around as much as possible in order to make a properly informed choice. At the very least, they should be very experienced dancers with a minimum of THREE years, have teaching qualifications & a considerable teaching portfolio. In addition to basic qualifications to demonstrate they understand how people learn, teachers should also have relevant insurances, music licenses, a class register, health questionnaire and carry an accident book. Check out the About Us page; very proud to state that all necessary procedures are in place for Telford salsa and kizomba clubs!
I HAVEN'T DANCED BEFORE Despite appearances, salsa is easy to learn, so don't panic! No previous dance experience is required! Dance is just a skill like any other which can be learned with regular practice.
I HAVE TWO LEFT FEET! A common statement usually made by a man! The basic sleps are taught in a structured way and most people are surprised how easy it is to learn! A frequent comment is had they known it was so easy they would have come sooner. It is not unusual for men to become more addicted to salsa than women!
I AM WORRIED ABOUT COMING ON MY OWN Lots of people attend salsa classes on their own. We are always there to greet people and introduce them to others. If attending on your own the first time is a major worry, please don't let it put you off. Call to say when you are coming so we can look out for you. Any nerves usually disappear within the first couple of minutes of joining a class.
DO I NEED TO BRING A DANCE PARTNER? Salsa is informal social dancing and open to everyone. Bring a partner if possible as you then have someone to practice with between sessions & it helps with gender balance. However, single people are always very welcome as dancers rotate regularly during the class, so you will not remain with the same person. This is a fun, a good way to get to know people & it develops your ability as a dancer thus enabling you to dance with anyone. Please note that the ratio of male:female cannot be predicted as the class varies every week but in general there tend to be more females. Ladies please do not attend in large groups as you will overload the classes! If there are more than two ladies, then it is considered polite to bring at least one male friend with you!!
DO I HAVE TO BOOK IN ADVANCE OR CAN I JUST TURN UP? Unless it is a specified course, weekly classes tend to be on a "drop-in" pay as you go basis. There is sometimes a special price for the first beginner class or a discount price if paying monthly in advance so please enquire when you first enrol. There are no formal joining or membership fees unlike the gym or CEROC. Special classes for development purposes are arranged when students are ready to progress further & these do usually have to be pre-booked. You will be kept informed about these.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN? People learn at different rates & progress depends not only on how quickly you pick things up, but also on how many classes you do each week & hours you practice. Staying after class for practice & social dancing will also help. Everybody has their own learning style so try not to compare yourself with others; it's not a race or competition! Your teacher will discuss your progress with you and advise. Remember, everyone learns at a different pace. You want more time before moving up? Fine! We are here for you. The only request we make is that you don't move yourself to the higher level class; wait until your teacher says you are ready. Whilst for some this can be frustrating it will make your dancing much better in the long term. Also, which is most important, you will not slow down the dancers in the next level of class. The main focus is on having fun with like minded people & to enjoy the journey of learning to dance!! However, after three months you should see some real progress if you attend on a regular basis!!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? Ideally clothes should permit freedom of movement, be cool and comfortable to wear. The majority of people wear casual attire, dressing up more for the party events. Check out the pictures in the gallery pages and in the Facebook groups!!
SHOES! SHOES! SHOES!
WHAT ABOUT SHOES? Footwear is very important. however, it is suggested that you wait until you progress up a level or have been dancing for a few months before investing in expensive dance shoes. ! If you own a pair of dance shoes or dance trainers then you are up and running already; however, if you don't please read on ...
LADIES, when you are learning, you are best served by shoes with a low/medium heel height which give support around the ankle and toes, as shown in the pictures. NO sling backs please! Smooth soles from leather, man made composite or suede are also recommended.
GENTLEMEN, beware of trainers unless dance trainers like in the pictures, or footwear with any grip as these provide traction when dancing and you will risk ankle/knee injuries. Again smooth leather or suede soles are best. Also, please try not to wear clumpy outdoor shoes or those with long toes; you will tend to step on your partner's toes or dance at an angle; not good! Until you decide that you like salsa enough to invest in dance shoes, it is better to wear thick socks so you can connect with the floor more effectively!
PLEASE READ DRINKS POLICY BELOW FOR VENUES
Please, Please, Please DO NOT bring in any kind of drink(s) on party nights.
This includes cans AND soft drinks.
Socials and party nights tend to take place in licensed premises and they need to cover their overheads. People wouldn’t dream of going into other bars and/or clubs without buying a drink of some kind, (even an entrance fee in some cases) neither would they go into a cafe and take their own flask of coffee! This same principle also applies on salsa nights. Would you expect to spend time in there and not purchase something if salsa or kizomba was not on offer?
Authentic salsa traditionally takes place in bars & nightclubs so on party nights you are expected to purchase at least one drink from the bar person which does not have to be alcoholic. It is very, very hard to find good venues for salsa clubs due to low bar takings. Management are very supportive & understand those who are serious about their dancing do not over indulge in alcohol. However, soft drinks are on the menu as well as tea/coffee, plus bottled water. At the very least, you should be taking in water or fluids when you are dancing to avoid de-hydration.
Although tap water must be made available by Law, the glass & service is not; you are not a customer until you purchase something. The Law is designed to encourage peeps to manage their alcohol consumption so they have by implication already spent money at the bar. If you only want water all night then please BUY ONE bottle first! If you then want just tap water, they are quite happy to give it or again, please ask for it at the same time when you buy some type of drink.
We know most understand the problem; this is for those who are new to the world of salsa and/or those who may not fully appreciate the importance of bar takings. Thank you very much for your continued support, co-operation & understanding which enables us to keep the salsa flag flying high & proud locally for the benefit of us all.
The costs of 'FREE' water A Super Market offers drinks often as loss leaders to get people in and buy stuff! Venues offer drinks to pay for everything they provide & the costs of that provision! The point is that a drink in a venue, including just tap water, costs twice as much as can be bought in a Super Market so is in no way comparable.
How much is your "free" tap water costing the venue?
Buying a drink in a Venue gets you... 1. The Drink 2. The Glass it comes in 3. Someone to wash the glass for you b4 your purchase 4. Someone to collect the glass from you after you've finished 5. The Venue and its décor/ambience 6. The Girl on the door 7. Cloakroom 8. Toilets & Washroom Facilities 9. Someone to clean the Venue 10. A Dance floor 11. Effects Lighting 12. A Sound System 13. Heating 14. Air Conditioning It pays for: 1. Electricity 2. Gas 3. Water Rates 4. Business Rates 5. Manager & Staff 6. Lease/ Mortgage 7. Stock
After paying all of the above, they'll hope to make a profit ! Oh & after all of that, will Pay Tax on that profit!!