Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a partner?
Nope! We change partners in class regularly, and if the class is imbalanced, we can call in some ringers to help even the odds.
What kind of clothes & shoes should I wear?
You can wear regular street clothes - just make sure they're easy to move in. Shoes can be any comfortable shoes you like that will stay on your feet. We often wear sneakers or sandals that have a strap around the heel. High heels are not allowed in the room. Please make sure your shoes have non-marking soles.
Are walk-ins allowed?
We prefer that you register ahead of time to make sure we can plan on having enough leads and follows to make the class fun. You are welcome to show up the first day of class without registering ahead of time, but after the first week, we don't allow people to join the class unless they have gotten approval from Mike. If you'd like to check in about starting after the first week, please email email@example.com.
Can I just attend and pay for one class at a time?
To make sure the class has consistent numbers and that the ability of the class moves forward together, we only offer the four-week class for $50. Drop-ins are accepted on a case-by-case basis and with prior approval. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if it would work for you to drop in.
Do I need prior dance experience?
Not at all. Our Beginner Cuban Salsa class is geared toward the absolute beginner.
I've done some LA/New York/Ballroom style salsa in the past. Can I start at a higher level?
Cuban salsa is quite a bit different from other styles. It's best to start from the beginning, so that you have a solid foundation as the difficulty increases. That being said, you are welcome to register for either the Beginner or Intermediate class without prior approval. If you decide the Intermediate class is too difficult or stressful for you, you can drop back to the beginner level. You must get approval from Mike to take Advanced Cuban Salsa.
What is Casino?
Casino is what Cubans call "Cuban salsa." It is a couple's dance that has its origins in Son and Rumba.
What is Rueda?
This is a Cuban group dance called Rueda de Casino (a wheel of Casino dancers). A rueda is a circle of couples with a caller. The caller calls out names of moves and uses hand signals, so that everyone in the wheel is synchronized. Partners change regularly during the rueda, which means you get to dance with everyone in the circle instead of just one person. It's dynamic, social, silly, and very interactive.
What music is Cuban Salsa danced to?
Timba music. Some of the top Timba bands in the world are Los Van Van, Habana de Primera, and Charanga Habanera, to name a few. Here are a couple of Spotify playlists to get you acquainted with Timba music: