New Student Useful Information
You should have received a 'New Student Welcome Handout' when you took your first course with us. However if you didn't receive this or have misplaced it, you can download here:
Social Dance Etiquette
Here are a few tips for the new Social Dancer
Always ask as many people to dance as possible in the practice session. Men and Ladies can ask each other. NEVER say no to a dance, it can really knock someone’s confidence to be told no. Do not dance repeatedly with the same partner, usually 1 Salsa and 1 Bachata with someone is considered the etiquette per night.
Try to ask people from levels above and below you. You will learn a lot from people above you and you will be able to help people below you…We all had to start somewhere.
Make sure you wear soft soled shoes that slip easily on the floor.. invest in a pair of dance shoes as early as possible (suede soled). Men especially should not wear hard outdoor leather shoes that can seriously hurt a lady if you tread on her toes. If you don’t have dance shoes yet please wear soft pumps. Websites for shoes are: www.tps.net , www.taygra-store.com, www.naodobrasil-estore.com , www.lightinthebox.com
Please be aware of your personal hygiene. Dancing will make you perspire, that can’t be avoided. However you should bring deodorant and spare T shirts / Tops to change into throughout the night. You can also use a flannel or small hand towel to deal with excess perspiration.. No-one wants to dance with a very sweaty person!
Breath freshener, mints and clean teeth are a must.. try not to each a particularly strong smelling food before you come dancing.. especially garlic.. it’s not pleasant for you fellow dancers!
If you are waiting for a dance, wait on the edge of the dance floor standing up, look ready to be grabbed and taken on the floor. Generally if you are not wanting to dance / taking a break you should sit down away from the dance floor. If you are sat down all night and don’t get a dance, don’t complain.. the general etiquette is to wait by standing on the side of the dance floor.
Our Salsa classes are 'social' dance classes. Which means we switch partners regurlaly throughout the class. Even if you attend with a friend or partner you will switch with other students. This helps Leaders and Followers to learn faster by understanding how to Lead or Follow with other people and creates a richer learning experience. IF you are not comfortable with switching partners then we would recommend a non social dance class such as a 'partners only' ballroom dance class.
Want to learn more about our dances?
Adele has a sister website 'The Dance Guru' which is an online information forum for Social dance.
Here you can learn more about Salsa Dancing - the history, the music, the styles and much more
You can listen to Salsa Music playlists from The Dance Guru online
And, you checkout other useful dance websites as recommended by The Dance Guru