Doors Open: 7.00pm & Doors Close: 11.00pm
Details on all classes + timetable below
FIRST BEGINNER CLASS IS FREE!!!
Classes @ Whitehouse Hotel
Pay as you go Drop-in Classes: £7
£20 mthly discount card for regulars
Sorry but no refund on discount if you don't attend all sessions!
Cost includes free social dancing until closing
Please come 10 mins early for registration & shoe change so all classes start promptly
End time is flexible & depends on attendance
Please help us keep to time by being on time!
7.00pm - 7.15pm:
Absolute Beginner Induction
7.15pm - 8.15pm
New Beginner / Beginner Plus
(usually 2 classes depending on attendance, side by side)
Basic Steps, Fundamentals, Timing, Technique, Transition Skills
8.15pm - 8.30pm:
Body isolation & simple step warm-up for all levels - including new dancers
8.30pm - 9.30pm
Improver / Intermediate & above:
Partner Turn Patterns, Shines & Spins
9.30pm - Closing: Individual Tuition, Practice & Social Dancing
First short class at 7.00pm is for total novices attending for the first time. Next classes from 7.15pm are for ALL beginner and transition level dancers; also ideal for those needing more practice. In order to move to the next level, you must complete the beginner & transition skills syllabus, which includes being able to dance the basic steps & lead/follow simple partner turn patterns on time. They do not have to be perfect, but you will have a good understanding of what is required & are practicing as much as possible. These skills must be in place as they are not taught at the next level so without them you may impede the progress and/or safety of others. The teachers will keep you informed on your progress & when they feel you are ready to move on.
The second class(s) at 8.15pm is mixed ability dancers, at improver level and above; they involve much more intensive footwork, partner work, shines & musicality. Students will have built up muscle memory, internalised the rhythm & understand the structure of the dance or have acquired these skills elsewhere from other teachers so are ready for the next challenges. Dancers for this class are fully competent as a leader and/or follower in all the beginner & transition level essential skills so are well prepared for new challenges & ready to learn much more complicated steps and turn patterns.
ABOUT THE CLASSES
Labels can be misleading. Some people may have been dancing a long time but if they missed out on certain techniques it shows up on the dance floor; likewise, some people learn really quickly and so will progress much more easily. Telford salsa classes are interchangeable & all mixed ability, they are not based on how long a person has been dancing, but purely on the overall skill level of the students who turn up on the night. However they are still designed to ensure regular progression. You may have been dancing for a while but have missed out on some skills so need to revisit the basics or learn a particular technique. The brief descriptions above give some idea of what to expect, there is plenty of flexibility to accommodate all comers. DO NOT compare yourself to others; remember your only competition is yourself.
Our teachers have 20 years dance experience & are well qualified to advise so ASK if not sure or contact the mobile to discuss and/or to clarify if you have not previously attended. Please note if you just want 'flash moves' then our classes are not for you. Our policy is to teach you to become good, safe, stylish dancers and this takes time but that is what you are paying for; flash moves only work if the underlying skills are in place. Do not be offended if we suggest that you attend Class 1 for a short while in order to hone your fundamentals; you are our best advert so we want you to look good on the dance floor and reach your full potential; we want only the best for you!
Where to next?!
N.B. Most people remain at Improver level for at least 18 months to 2 years as it usually takes this long to cover the important essentials and to find enough time for drilling practice too, which is so vital in order to become a good social dancer. There is a huge amount that needs to be taught/learnt, including bachata, merengue, la rueda & kizomba which are danced at the socials. Once you are comfortable leading/following SMOOTHLY all that is taught at this level, with good technique & you are happy dancing socially at parties with lots of people you have never previously danced with, then you are ready to move up to INTERMEDIATE level. This level is not just 'another class' where you learn 'something different' - you will be expected to have really good technique, a much higher level of understanding, musicality and more extensive skill base. Please note, even if you have been dancing much longer than this, you will NOT benefit from joining an Intermediate class if you are not ready or lacking in some essential skills and most important, may even impact on the progress of those who are; if in doubt please ask. Our role is to help you become great social dancers and reach your full potential, whatever you want that to be!
CHECK OUT PARTY NIGHTS PAGE FOR NEXT SOCIAL EVENT!