Belfast Salsa School
Dance Workshops & Bootcamps
Dance Workshops & Bootcamps are between 3 hour or 1 or 2 days on Saturdays and/or Sundays.
The idea of an intensive dance Workshop or Bootcamp is to spend more time in a smaller, focused group where everyone is of a similar level. This enables the Instructor to structure the day around a specific level and make sure everyone gets the best out of their day.
Where Bootcamps are for Leaders and Followers we try to sell an even numbers of tickets so that no lead or follow is waiting too long for a partner.
The topics for the Workshop or Bootcamp will be explained in the advertising so you know exactly what to expect and whether it is for you, before you book.
Every Workshop & Bootcamp is different.
An average Bootcamp is around 5 to 6 hours per day. Some will continue later in the evening with a social session. Some will include an overnight stay with a 2nd day of tuition.
What level am I?
This is a very difficult question because every dance school has a different structure. At Belfast Salsa School we follow a strict syllabus and progressive learning pattern in our general (weekly) classes as follows:
BEGINNERS - 4 LEVELS:
Beginners L 1 – Introduction
Beginners L 2 – Plus
Beginners L 3 – Accelerated
Beginners L 4 - Move me on to Improver
IMPROVER - 4 LEVELS:
Improver L 1 – Fundamentals
Improver L 2 – Plus
Improver L 3 – Accelerated
Improver L 4 - Move me on to Intermediate
INTERMEDIATE - 10 LEVELS:
ACCESS TO INTERMEDIATE CLASSES IS BY PASSING ASSESSMENT AT END OF IMPROVER LEVEL 4
Intermediate L1 – Fundamentals
Intermediate L2 - Plus 1
Intermediate L3 - Plus 2
Intermediate L4 - Accelerated 1
Intermediate L5 - Accelerated 2
Intermediate L6 - Move me on to Advanced
Advanced - by invitation only
Each level is consists of 6 classes. Which means that you will be a Beginner for 6 months, and Improver for approximately 6 months and an Intermediate for a minimum 1 year, and more probably around 2 years.
Advanced is only ever by invitation and quite often people spend longer in the Intermediate level, repeating and perfecting some of the Accelerated Levels.
As a rough guide / comparison if you have been dancing elsewhere for 2 nights per week and out to social dance 1 night per week, we would estimate your level as follows:
Beginner (approximately 0 - 6 months experience)
Improver (approximately 6 - 12 months experience)
Improver Plus (approximately 12 - 24 months experience)
Intermediate (approximately 24 - 36 months experience)
Advanced (over 36 months experience)
What’s so important about the Belfast Salsa School Syllabus?
As described above, we have a comprehensive syllabus which helps ensure that you work through your Salsa experience in an intuitive way, gradually progression through essential techniques. You will learn key techniques and individual figures (individual moves) through the first part of each level. Then towards the end of each level you will learn how to put these ‘moves’ together yourself, you will learn to lead and follow each technique, we never teach routines or patterns..
For Salsa Bootcamps specifically:
If you have not learnt with us from the beginning of your Salsa journey you may find you have missed crucial elements of each style of Salsa. We have been teaching LA Style since 1997 and stay true to a number of the ‘show’ elements of LA Style which made it so captivating to watch on the stage. In our Puerto Rican / On2 classes we demonstrate a blend of styles which mirrors the modern development of On2 in the USA today.
Where do I start?
We always recommend starting at an entry level Bootcamp. If you are unsure which Bootcamp to select then please speak to us directly. There is nothing worse than attending a Bootcamp with 10 people and finding you are the worst one in the group and everything is above your level. You will feel deflated, unmotivated and probably never want to dance again.. and that’s not what we want!
Do I need to book with a partner?
No you don’t, but it would be great if you did. We limit the numbers in our Bootcamps where possible. However we switch partners throughout so you need to be prepared to swap with other students. This is standard practice in the social dance scene.
How do I book?
Decide which Bootcamp is suitable for you (if in doubt., please ask us)
Click on the ‘Book now’ option under your chosen Bootcamp
You will be taken to our booking schedule to complete your booking.
You will be able to pay by any major Credit or Debit Card or Paypal
You will receive a Booking confirmation email after payment
NEXT BOOTCAMP POSTPONED DUE TO COVID19 DISRUPTION
Only 10 places available
This is a consolidation Bootcamp aimed at all Improvers.
You don't need to know everything from these levels, but you need to have been working at Improver level for a while.
Who is this Bootcamp suitable for?
- Anyone who has been dancing Salsa for 6 months or more.
- Belfast Salsa School students that have completed all the 4 Beginners Levels.
Before joining this bootcamp, you should be able to complete the following with ease:
1. Basics in closed hold / open hold / double hand hold
2. Right and Left Turns (both lady & man) using single hand & double hand leads
4. CBL Walkthroughs
5. Reverse CBL
6. CBL with Inside & Outside turns for lady
7. CBL with left and right turns for man
8. CBL Check variations
9. CBL wrap variations
10. CBL Block
11. Walk backs and various exits
12. Basic Copas
13. Basic Hammerlocks
Book Online here:
£30 per person
Vault Artists Studios (in the Dance Studio)
The Old Met College, Tower Street
Belfast, BT5 4FH
(Formerly the Rupert Stanley college)
- Large free car park on site
- Please bring water / lunch / snacks for the break times
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that slide easily on a wooden floor