FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What style of salsa do you teach?

In our weekly group classes, we teach linear-style salsa on 1.  In private lessons, we also offer New York-style salsa on 2, bachata, and merengue.


What should I wear to class?

Our classes are informal.  Most of our students dress very casually in jeans, shorts, t-shirts, workout attire, etc.  You can wear whatever you feel comfortable dancing in.


Do I need to buy special shoes?

We recommend investing in a pair of jazz shoes, dance sneakers, or ballroom shoes for class, however it is not required. If you don’t have dance shoes, then a leather sole is preferable to rubber. Please do not wear flip flops or open-back shoes, as they are very difficult to dance in. Dance shoes are available for purchase at the studio.


Are the students all young people?  

Our students range from children as young as 10 to adults in their 60s and older.  We welcome students of all ages.


Are there any discounts?

Yes, we offer 2 different packages to save you money!  You can buy 5 classes for $45 (avg. $9 per class), or save $20 by buying 10 classes for $80 (avg. $8 per class).  Please note that packages are only valid for our Monday drop-in classes and are not transferable (one package per person).


Do I have to register or make a reservation before I come to class?

Nope, you can just show up.  And bring your friends!


Do I have to start on a certain date, or can I start any time?

Our classes are structured so that you can start at any time, rather than having to wait for a new course to begin.  We break up into groups according to level, so we teach every level each class night. That way, if you miss classes here and there, you can just pick up right where you left off.


What do I get for referring my friends?

We have a fantastic Student Referral Reward Program!  Every new student you refer to Salsa Caliente will earn you a $2 credit that you can use toward classes or merchandise! In order to receive credit, the new student must write your name on his/her registration form (only applies to first-time students that have never taken a class with us before).


Do I need a partner?

No.  We structure our classes so that you dance with everyone, rather than just one person.  This makes the class fun and sociable, plus it makes you a more versatile leader or follower.


How long will it take me to learn?

It varies widely from one person to the next and also depends on how often you take classes and practice.


How quickly can I advance?

The time required to complete each level varies according to the student’s natural ability, previous dance experience, and amount of time spent practicing. Some levels will take longer to complete than others.  Once you have learned all of the turns in a level and can execute them properly to the beat of the music, you will be promoted to the next level.  You won’t have to wait for other people if you’re a fast learner, and you won’t be holding up your class if you need more time.


What happens if I miss class?

It’s no problem!  You just pick up at the level where you left off.  There will always be a class at your level.  If you have been gone for an extended period, you may want to go back and review to refresh your memory.


If I already know how to dance salsa, do I still have to start in the beginner level?

You don’t have to start in the beginner level if you already have experience dancing NY- or LA-style salsa.   We can evaluate you before your first class to determine which level you belong in.  For people who dance salsa but have never taken classes before (“street” dancers) or only have experience with casino-rueda style, you should start in the beginner class.


Is there a program or curriculum of turns?

Yes, we have a syllabus that we follow for our salsa classes.  Copies of the syllabus are available in every class.


Do I have to buy a package or get involved in contracts?

No.  We do offer packages of classes (Monday drop-in classes only) at a discount (5 classes for $45, or 10 classes for $80), but you can always pay as you go.


What is your refund policy?

Individual classes are non-refundable, but we will give a credit if a student has to leave within the first 15 minutes.  Group class and private lesson packages are eligible for a prorated refund within 30 days of purchase, provided that no more than 1 class or lesson has been used.

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