Salsa lessons Brooklyn NY: Anyone can learn how to salsa dance. Let us teach you how. We have salsa lessons in the very basic, beginner salsa dance fundamentals, up to the professional, performance level. Dance Fever Studios is a top NYC rated salsa dance studio with friendly and professional instructors. We have two convenient Brooklyn locations.
Salsa is one of the hottest dances on the club scene today. Characterized by sexy hip motion, compelling rhythms and lots of turns. Some popular artists of salsa music are Mark Anthony, Victor Manuelle and El Gran Combo. Some great tunes for salsa dancing are Mambo Yo Yo, Lloraras and Caballo Viejo.
Our group salsa classes are well attended. We have students from Staten Island, Long Island and the Bronx. All ages and types of people travel to our two Brooklyn dance studios to learn how to salsa dance. We also do plenty of private salsa lessons also.
Salsa dance lessons are a great way to meet people and make friends. Salsa dancing gives couples a wonderful past-time to share. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and confident on the dance floor. Stop sitting on the sidelines and start salsa dancing today. You will be so glad you did.
Call (718)637-3216 to register for salsa dance lessons
Beginner salsa class at our Park Slope dance school. This is the first salsa lessons in a two month basic salsa class. Our Park Slope dance studio is minutes away from Cobble Hill, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Heights and Carol Gardens.
SALSA BEGINNER CLASS
This class is for students who have little or no experience salsa dancing. We focus on learning the basic salsa timing, steps and partner connection. Our goal is to make you comfortable and confident with salsa dancing, so that you are able to go to a salsa club and dance after taking this class. We recommend that you come to our Saturday Night Dance Party to practice your salsa dancing.
SALSA PRE-INTERMEDIATE This class is for salsa dancers who want to go to the next level. The class focuses on leading and following, dance positions, body mechanics and style. It is not for beginners. Some students need to repeat the Beginner salsa class before they can enter the Pre Intermediate Salsa Class. A student must be able to execute the basic steps naturally, without thinking about it, before they can enter the Pre Intermediate Salsa Class. To enter Pre Intermediate classes, you must get permission from one of the instructors.
SALSA INTERMEDIATE CLASS
2 hours of salsa dancing. This salsa class starts with 20 to 30 minutes of partner salsa dancing, then we do solo mirror work for about 20 minutes; working on salsa shines, body mechanics and other techniques. We then learn new partner salsa patterns and go over past patterns any student wants to review. You must know and execute all the items in the syllabus to be in this class. Permission from an instructor is required.
We strongly recommend that you supplement your group classes with private dance lessons to progress more rapidly and not develop any bad habits.
Salsa Syllabus For Our Brooklyn Dance Schools:
Salsa Beginner Class: weight shifts, basic timing, dance positions 1 through 5 and crossover, right and left spot turn, 1/4 turns, chase, figure 8 and Cuban motion, dance posture.
Salsa Preintermediate Class: review of dance positions, body mechanics of figure 8 and Cuban motion, lead and follow technique, 1/2 chase, open break, pencil turn, copa, cross body lead, reverse cross body lead, keeping your line, dance circle, turn patterns, arm styling, suzy Q, double point and cross, heel breaks, cumbia step.
Salsa Intermediate Class: body mechanics, contra body, cross body with turn, variations on cross body, peek a boo and variations, copa variations, copa turn, copa turn variations, 1/2 moon, 1/2 moon variations, pencil turn variations, multiple turn patterns, dancing in the box, change of timing, arm styling, NY style, LA style, Cuban style, zig zag, heel toe side, toe heel cross, syncopated side breaks, shimmy, walking on egg shells, hip roll, body wave.
IMPROVING YOUR SALSA DANCING ARTICLE:
Here are some helpful tips to help both leaders and followers become better salsa dancers. 1)THE MUSIC is number one when you dance. Listen to it. It has two parts: a rhythm and a melody. First, concentrate on the rhythm or beat. You must dance to this beat when salsa dancing. You actually want to feel as though you are dancing behind the beat. Even fast salsa music, when you get really good, is not that fast; so don’t rush. Stay with the tempo. The majority of beginner salsa dancers tend to rush the tempo. They are ahead of the beat. A good way to slow yourself down is to practice salsa basics to cha cha music. Just leave out the cha cha. This will definitely slow you down. If you are dancing to one tempo, and your partner’s on a different tempo, there is no way you will have a good time. This is the single most important thing. The melody or the tune is the second part of the music. This is a lot harder to dance to, and will only come with lots of experience and knowing the music. Eventually, you want to dance to both.
2)BODY MECHANICS: Each type of dance has a specific way of moving. If you don’t move that specific way, you won’t look good dancing to that music. You can’t dance salsa and look like an Argentine tango dancer or ballet dancer. It doesn’t look right. You need to have that salsa look and feel. There are a lot of elements that make salsa dancing look like a salsa dancing. Two of the most important are Cuban motion and the figure eight. You can see these two things explained and demonstrated on our Youtube chanel. You need to have both motions wired to look and dance salsa well. Do not spend another second learning a new “advanced step” before you have these motions down pat. Salsa dancing isn’t salsa dancing without these two body movements.
3)Stay in your DANCE CIRCLE. If you stand on one leg and allow the free leg to naturally hang down so that it just touches the floor, then make a circle with that free leg around your body without any stretch, this is your dance circle. Stay in it when you dance. This will make sure that your steps are the right size. Large steps are a not good. You should be dancing with your body and not your legs. The body moves the legs and not the other way around. Smaller steps will also help your balance.
4)DON’T GRAB. You want to be connected to each other with a very light touch. The leader is not there to be your balance beam. You don’t want to grab on to him on every other step. If you have trouble with your balance don’t wear 6 inch heels. Wear flats until you are able to dance in heels. And for the leaders. You aren’t doing judo. A good leader doesn’t need to throw the woman around. You should be able to led a good follower in almost every step with one finger. When you are leading and following the right way, it will take almost no effort. The wrong way, and it feels like a wrestling match.
5)DANCE at each others ABILITY. A great leader when dancing with a beginner, will only do steps she can do. Taking her into steps that are beyond her ability is bad leading. If you haven’t danced with a woman before, build the dance. Start with easy stuff, and get more and more advanced. Don’t do a cross body lead with a turn before you have led her in a simple cross body. This is building the dance. If you’re an advanced follower, and you agree to dance with some beginner guy, don’t expect him to be Johnny Mambo.
6)ADVANCED DANCERS: Dance with people who are better than you. This is true for any field. Want to raise your chess game or boxing skills, you’re not going to do it with people at a kindergarten level. This is sometime hard to so since advanced salsa dancers usually have no interest in dancing with beginner salsa dancers. So the best way to do this is by taking privates. With one on one instruction, you can work on all your problem areas at your own pace and get out of any bad habits and be prevented from developing any new ones.
7)PERFECT PRACTICE. Practice makes perfect is one of the most untrue phrases I have ever heard. Practice all day long the wrong way, and you will do it the wrong way. Go to the golf range and see all the golfers practicing their bad swings and never getting any better. They are just enforcing that bad swing. This is a problem with many salsa dancers. They get in bad habits and dance with other dancers who have the same bad habits. Grabbing, steps too large, rushing the timing, poor body mechanics is no way to salsa dance. When you learn something, make sure you learn it exactly the right way, and practice it exactly the right way. If you don’t, you are only enforcing bad habits. Remember, only perfect practice make perfect.
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