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Down-to-earth salsa dancing classes for a fun break to your working week.

For non-dancer absolute beginners (who like to be happy)

Learn to dance salsa in Stratford upon Avon and Worcester

07835 928640 | [email protected]

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You might be looking to learn more about this thing.

It’s not everyday you find yourself thinking about salsa dancing classes, after all.

Said even from a pair of Salsa fanatics–Me. Joe. And Steph (Hi!)–it’s quite easy to be put off the idea of starting salsa dancing as a hobby. Even when you know how rewarding it could be; how much of a nice break from the weekly necessities of life it could be.

Keep reading and I’ll try and help with that.

Want to know what the top reasons for coming are?—according to others who come (or have wanted to come)?

Based on what they’ve told me, and in no order:

-A regular chance to have fun.
-Exercise.
-A new hobby.
-To socialise and meet new people.
-To spend time with someone.
-To learn to dance.
-To enjoy the music.

All great benefits.

But there are some things that might stop people: that might stop you from coming.

Here’s one…

Isn’t Salsa dancing all about show, fancy costumes, mirrors, and slick, professional latino dancers?

This was the kind of thing which would have deterred me (and did deter me) from ever getting involved in salsa dancing.

This whole idea makes me uncomfortable. Still, after 13 years dancing.

Sure, I’m a reserved brit.

But really it’s because my motivation for dancing is not for show.

But for fun.

So that’s how we have it at our nights.

What we are about is getting regular (but awesome) non-dancer people who want a mentally and physically stimulating break to have a little bit of sunshine within their busy working week.

No big show. Just a fun pastime with nice people.

You’ll see this if you come.

You can…

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But, to give you an idea now, here’s some footage from our nights. (I’ve blurred out people’s faces: privacy ‘n all).

There’s a variety of ages here, if you were wondering. Focused on having a good time, and getting a little better each week.

If you’re wondering how these people seem to have coordination, rhythm, and can do all those turns…

They didn’t start like this. They achieved it.

They started from absolute beginners, and we built them up to that.

Which is what we will do with you too.

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We run courses

…taking on groups of absolute beginners only. This is so that you’re within a group of similar people.

This makes it easier for you to be comfortable. Easier to feel a part of things. Easier to have a good time.

As a group we can build up together from scratch–without any undue intimidation of being in a class of mixed abilities; Without the instructor having to teach to the level of the more experienced people in the group–which is too much for you.

None of that unsettling stuff. Just the benefit of feeling in place with your classmates.

Coming alone?

If you’re looking to come alone, you might be wondering if thats okay?

Yes, it is.

You can dance Salsa in lines classes which is done in a line format as a group. Think line dancing, but with salsa. And way cooler 😎

Alternatively, you can dance salsa partners: we generally swap partners throughout the sessions.

However…

If you’re coming as a way to spend regular time with your other half or friend. You might be wondering if you can dance with just them.

You can, yes.

If you want to spend 100% of the time with your partner that’s fine.

It can be beneficial to dance with others for a bit of the time. But we leave this to your discretion.

Exercise?

If your motivation is to get exercise, salsa in lines is a great way to do it.

Exercise is only good if you can keep to it.

Salsa in lines is so much fun its quite hard not to keep to it. Which is great for when the topsy turvies of regular life come up.

Speaking of partner dancing

…what about physical contact? Is it really “close”? And what about eye contact? Isn’t it intense?

Presumably, you won’t be used to physical contact with strangers.

(But hey, no judgement here…😉).

So, for sure, there’s a getting-used-to period dancing with someone who’s not a family member or friend.

But the good news is:

You only have to contact at the hands and the shoulder. Which also means you can be at arms distance away. You should be able to see that in the video of us dancing below.

And while you’re focused on doing the moves you won’t be thinking about it anyway. Especially if you are changing partners within your group.

And regarding eye contact, the good thing about how we do salsa, is that it’s very dynamic. You are moving around a lot and changing directions, so there’s not much time for long bouts of eye gazing. Luckily for me (Introvert speaking).

All that aside, there is a more looming question.

Will you be able to dance? Will you be able to coordinate yourself, get some rhythm, do turns?

Will you be able to actually get the rewards of dancing salsa?

The sense of achievement?
The (deserved) fun in your week?
The happiness?

Like any skill successfully learned

you have to do it in stages.

In this way it’s like learning a language, or a musical instrument.

Though, I think it’s fair to say that my handful of guitar/keyboard chords, and spanglish speaking skills, suggest there is definitely a breakdown in the analogy.

But I think in reality the question translates to this:

Will I be able to follow along with the steps and the rest of the class? Will I be able to get myself to do what the teachers instructing and my classmates are doing? (Without too much difficulty, or embarrassing myself).

To help with that, here’s a video tutorial we made for you. It’s free, go ahead. Spend four minutes trying it and see if you can get to the point where you don’t have to watch the video anymore.

Congratulations, you just learned the basic salsa step.

Much quicker than learning music or languages!

You’ll need to practise it over time to internalise it and make it smoother (as we do in our classes).

And there’s also practising dancing with the music. (All stuff we do on the nights).

But that’s pretty much it. Nice one!

And here’s what we aim towards achieving, to give you an idea of what you could get to do:

(Granted it might not be as finessed as what you’re seeing us do here— But, that’s 13+ years of experience for Steph and me. But hey… Aim high. You never know!).

Salsa Partnerwork:

Salsa in lines:

[Video coming soon]

The time taken might vary, but that’s about where we typically get people to in that time.

Here’s how we’ll do it

We run in 6 week cycles: 1 class each week: mid-week.

We do have things structured so that it’s okay to miss some when life gets in the way.

The minimum we recommend to attend is 4 out of the 6 sessions, but only without missing 2 consecutive weeks.

You could always attend one of our alternative weeknights too, if you need to miss one.

The more of the 6 you can attend, ofcourse, the better it is for you.

There are two main parts to getting you the skill.

Initially learning the skills, and internalising them.

The process of learning will be this:

1

We instruct the new steps/moves and you practice them.

2

You practice a lot. We coach to build your confidence in what you’re doing (If its a partner’s class, you can swap partner’s).

3

We build up the tempo, and build up to do it with music.

4

We progress to the next thing when you’re ready.

And to internalise them: so it sticks with you

1

Repeating the rhythm: always!

2

Recalling the most of the fundamental moves every week.

3

Recalling the most recent moves every week.

Here’s a video which represents what the first class, to give you an idea:

For partner dancing, in the first 6 weeks, we work on 7 foundational moves. And in the next 6 weeks, 3 more foundational moves, and an introduction to 2 or so more advanced moves.

For in lines dancing, we work on 6 foundation moves and 7 advanced ones in the first 6 weeks, and 7 more advanced ones in the second 6 weeks.

That’s it. For the first 12 weeks anyway.

It may seem rather organised. It is.

But its all kept down-to-earth. Relaxed.

We get stuff done, yes. But its relaxed.

And you’re in control. We’ve no intention of having you in any situation you’re not comfortable with. I’ve experienced that. And I didn’t like it. So we won’t do that to you.

At this point,

you will probably be impressing yourself (& others) with your newfound skills.

And be able to say, something we hear fairly often:

“I feel like I’m really dancing now”

Beyond this, you can continue to enjoy what you’ve learned at our nights continue advancing your skills: the fun keeps growing.

I hope the above has helped you understand what we’re about, and what you have the chance to do if you come with us to start this new hobby.

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Even knowing this

however, it’s still going to be quite easy to say “maybe later” to this.

It’s not like it’s necessary for you to take on a new hobby after all.

There’re always more pressing things happening that are occupying your attention: work, family, and so on.

And if that’s you, that’s fine. Maybe in the future.

If you want to plan that time in the future, you can add yourself to the waiting list for then, in 6 months time, if you want.

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But if

you could in fact make the time, as a salesperson for happiness, and a philosopher, I ask:

What kind of life is one where there’s no time for your own fun?

Life can change forever at any moment.

Ask yourself what’s the risk of you trying it?

You only need to come once to try it out. So, turning up once is all: costing you one hour of your time and £12.50. No further commitment than that.

I guess that you probably don’t want to regret not making the time to have fun when you could have. Or at least, having tried. I certainly don’t.

Chris—one of our people who comes—recently told me he regrets not starting earlier.

But he did start.

Do you think he’s glad he did?

I encourage you to do future you a favour and take a chance on it.

You might impress yourself (and those around you) with what you can do.

If this is you, and you want to come, you can see the where, when, and price options on the below area pages.

And you can then join our waiting list here:

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We do keep our groups limited (to keep it personal) and only take people on when we’ve available slots.

We currently only take on absolute beginners (as mentioned above).

And no drop-ins. Because we plan our classes in advance for the people we know are coming, and progress them together.

(How can you plan a class for someone who you don’t know is coming?).

If you’re undecided, or just want to chat with us about anything, you can contact us via email, WhatsApp or good-old-phone. See the icons in the corner

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