Doors Open: 7.00pm & Doors Close: 11.00pm
Details on all classes + timetable below
Classes @ Whitehouse Hotel
Pay as you go Drop-in Classes: £7
£20 mthly discount card for regulars
New Beginners: £5 weekly first month
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!
7.15pm - 8.00pm: FREE Session for all-comers
Class 1 Beginners (Part One) - Salsa Basic Fundamentals
8.00pm - 9.00pm: CLASSES SIDE BY SIDE
Class 2 Beginners (Part Two) - Timing, Technique & Transition Skills
Class 3 Improver & above - Partner Turn Patterns, Shines & Spins
9.00pm - 9.15pm: Warm Down Time for students & all comers
9.15pm - Closing: Individual Tuition, Practice & Social Dancing
Class 1 is for total novices, new beginners and/or for those wanting more practice; the best dancers never stop work on honing their technique. New dancers MUST attend this first session in order to participate in class 2. You will be expected to do BOTH these classes until the basics are ingrained.
Class 2 is mixed ability for beginner & beginner plus dancers ; you will understand salsa basic fundamentals, will learn to lead/follow more simple partner turn patterns and are are ready for the next challenges in preparation for the next level. The teacher will keep you informed on your progress.
Class 3 involves much more intensive footwork, partner work, shines & musicality. Dancers for this class again are mixed ability but will have completed the class 2 syllabus so are fully competent as a leader and/or follower in all the required essential elements, have built up muscle memory, have internalised the rhythm & understand the structure of the dance or have acquired these skills elsewhere from other teachers.
ABOUT THE CLASSES
Labels can be misleading. Some people may have been dancing a long time but if they missed out on essential technique 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 & 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 certain 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 15 years 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 as we place most emphasis on the class 2 skills; our policy is to teach you become good, safe, stylish dancers as 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 2 or even Class 1 for a short while in order to hone your fundamentals; you are our best advert so we want the best for you!
Where to next?!
N.B. Most people remain at Class 3 / 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!
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