“I tried to learn Salsa at other studios, but I just couldn’t remember the moves. I need a lot of repetition to make my dancing smooth, and the fact that each Beginner lesson is repeated three times per week at Salsa in the Suburbs, was exactly what I needed to get started!” – Wes, Boothwyn, PA
Duration: 8 classes (offered three times/week!)
Instructor(s): Julie Berger
For students brand new to the world of Salsa, these salsa classes starts with the basics! Students learn the basic steps and techniques for Salsa, as well as “shine” moves and styling.
Take a look at a Beginner I class in action. We don’t always count outloud but it’s a good way to learn 🙂
These salsa classes are designed to give students a strong foundation, including the fundamentals of leading and following, and a simple pattern, including a Right-hand Turn Pattern, Cross Body Lead, and an Inside Turn! Classes start with a warm-up, reviewing moves from the previous week as well as adding new steps to your repertoire, followed by partner work and review.
Students will rotate and experience dancing with everyone. During week 8, students will review the pattern, plus learn dance etiquette and apply their new moves and knowledge in a club ambiance during a nightclub simulation! Fun and fitness friendly- come fall in love with Salsa! Students with “two left feet” are more than welcome!
Please note: If possible, it is both highly recommended and beneficial to attend salsa classes 3x/week (or 2x/week and 1-hour of practice). Not only will material be reviewed and become easier to understand and execute, but the repetition also adds to muscle memory which will help with smoother transitions between patterns and steps, as well as confidence.
“I just loved the fact that the instructor would encourage us to videotape the moves at the end of class. Having a videotape helped my husband and me know what to practice, and it gave us a fun thing to do after we put the kids to bed.” -Jennifer, West Chester, PA
BEGINNER II SALSA CLASSES
Pre-requisite: Beginner I Salsa
Duration: 8 classes (offered twice/week!)
Instructor(s): Shauna Belizéando or Robert Ranalli
For students eager to keep building the skills they developed in Beginner I Salsa, this is the salsa class for you! This class moves at the same steady, and thorough pace of Beginner I, allowing you plenty of time to keep mastering, and building upon those basics, yet adding a variety of new moves and faster-paced songs.
Students will learn more fancy footwork for shines, explore several variations on right hands turns and learn essential moves such as “enchufla” and “Make Her Walk,” and learn what it means to “pick up the girl” and take her “around the world” plus much more!
Beginner II salsa classes are designed for students who want to gain confidence for those Salsa clubs and bridge the gap between Beginner I Salsa and Intermediate A Salsa. Also, you will master two brand-new patterns, and essentially more than double the skills you’ve learned in Beginner I Salsa!
Please note: If possible, it is both highly recommended and beneficial to attend class 3x/week (or 2x/week and 1-hour of practice). Not only will material be reviewed and become easier to understand and execute, but the repetition also adds to muscle memory which will help with smoother transitions between patterns and steps, as well as confidence.
INTRO TO INTERMEDIATE A SALSA CLASSES
Pre-requisite: Beginner I Salsa and Beginner II Salsa (or can be taken simultaneously with Beginner II Salsa)
Duration: Eight Weeks
Instructors: Julie, Shauna, Keila, Rob, and Wes
For students who have laid their salsa foundation by having completed Beginner I and Beginner II Salsa, this course is the one to take to get your dancing to the next level! You will be introduced to all the Intermediate A warm-up moves, which you will see and practice in the next level – Intermediate A. These warm-up moves will provide you with tons of great options for creating dynamic, beautiful shines!
You will also learn a pattern which seamlessly builds on the moves you’ve learned in Beginner I and II Salsa classes and also introduces you to some of the important concepts of the Intermediate A syllabus. This pattern is more complex and intricate than the Beginner I and II patterns, and will be similar in complexity to the intermediate A patterns, but will be taught at a slower, thorough pace than Intermediate A.
This course is very helpful with bridging the gap between the Beginner and Intermediate A classes, and we highly recommend it!
INTERMEDIATE SALSA CLASSES
Pre-requisite: Beginner I Salsa, Beginner II Salsa, and Intro. to Intermediate A Salsa (or, can be taken simultaneously with Intro. to Intermediate A Salsa)
Duration: Ongoing (Six Month Curriculum – Offered three times/week!)
Instructors: Julie, Shauna, Keila, Rob, and Wes
For students who have attended Salsa Classes for at least 6 months, add more moves to your arsenal! This course follows a six month syllabus and every four weeks focuses on a particular these, such as “Inside Turns or Copas.”
You will learn a new pattern for the first three weeks of a particular theme and review all three patterns on the fourth week. You’ll learn more intricate foot-work and exciting moves such as the “doorknob” and “Philly Favorite”, plus moves like a “Fishtail” and “Apache Whip!” If you attend Intermediate A more than once per week, you will advance through the six month curriculum faster, since each Intermediate A class is working from a different place on the syllabus.
Take your Salsa education to the next level!
Please note: Students are more than welcome to come to Intermediate A multiple times a week and learn something new each time; each Intermediate A class is working on a different part of the syllabus, so if you’d like to tackle more moves and more patterns in a concentrated period of time, come to class twice or three times per week: Sundays @ 5:15p.m., Mondays @ 7:30p.m., & Wednesdays @ 8:30p.m.
Pre-requisite: Intermediate Salsa
Instructor: Julie Berger
For students who have studied Salsa at least a year, add more polish to your technique and patterns! Focus on more intricate foot-work and styling, 360‘s, multiple spins, and pattern combinations that will make head turns to you when you step foot onto the dance floor! When you master the moves in Intermediate B salsa classes, you will be viewed as an excellent dancer by your friends and family.
Duration: 6 months; Mondays @ 6:30pm and Tuesdays @ 8:30pm.
Instructor: Shauna Belizeando
Join Shauna for this 6 month course that is essential to be a beautiful and thoroughly prepared Latin Dancer! Although this course will run from January – June of 2018, the Monday class and the Tuesday class will each be working on a different theme, so if you come to both classes for three months, you’d complete the entire six month course in half the time! Each month will be dedicated to a different theme:
Theme 1: Salsa Shines and Spins – Offered on Mondays at 6:30p.m. in January and on Tuesdays at 8:30p.m. in April. Many people find it difficult to improvise and create dynamic beautiful shines on the spot, which is why we are taking the guess work out of the process! Learn to do solo salsa moves with finesse, confidence and charisma! When your partner lets go of your hands, you will know what to do, and look great doing it! You will also work on spinning technique, and learn to be more centered and balanced when you spin. Mechanics of spotting and arm movements will be introduced and mastered!
Theme 2: Ladies’ Styling – Offered on Mondays at 6:30p.m. in February and on Tuesdays at 8:30p.m. in May. If you sometimes feel unsure as to what to do with your arms or get nervous social dancing when it comes to doing a shine, this class is the one for you! You will learn to shine with style, and precision and know how and when you can incorporate arm movements, hip movements and even shimmies and hair flicks. Ultimately, this class is designed to help our ladies feel more confident to style and more confident and feminine on the dance floor in general!
Theme 3: Musicality & Latin Body Movement- Offered on Mondays at 6:30p.m. in March and on Tuesdays at 8:30p.m. in June. Do you ever have trouble finding the “one?”…And no, we’re not referring to “love”, we mean finding the first beat in Salsa! Do you worry about dancing on the wrong beat? Would you love to find new and beautiful ways to make your shines and dancing more MUSICAL? If so, we have just the class for you! Join Shauna for a whole of classes which which help you to listen to Salsa and Bachata music in a whole NEW way! Learn to embody the Clave, Conga and Cowbell! This is beneficial to anyone who needs help with Latin body movement, such as hip rolls and shoulder rolls.
Theme 4: Stage Presence (for performance & social dancing) – Offered on Mondays at 6:30p.m. in April and on Tuesdays at 8:30p.m. in January. Do you see people on the dance floor who turn heads, and wish you too knew the secret ingredient? Do you wish your dancing could be more outgoing and dramatic? This course will replace your walking with strutting, and show you all the tricks to be a showstopper. This is essential for any performers and very beneficial to to those who want to add dramatics and embellishments to their dancing.
Theme 5: Bachata Shines & Spins – Offered on Mondays at 6:30p.m. in May and on Tuesdays at 8:30p.m. in February. Many people find it difficult to improvise and create dynamic beautiful Bachata shines on the spot, which is why we are taking the guess work out of the process! Learn to do solo Bachata moves with finesse, confidence and charisma! When your partner lets go of your hands, you will know what to do, and look great doing it! You will also work on spinning technique, and learn to be more centered and balanced when you spin. Mechanics of spotting and arm movements will be introduced and mastered!
Theme 6: Mambo – Offered on Mondays at 6:30p.m. in June and on Tuesdays at 8:30p.m. in March. Learn to do the Mambo, also known as one of the most popular styles of Latin dancing! Have you always wanted to dance “On2”? Have you always wanted to learn “New York-style Salsa”, what is commonly referred to as Mambo? While Salsa dancers (On1) are said to be “dancing to the melody” of the music, Mambo dancers (On2) are said to be “dancing to the rhythm” of the music. You will learn the musicality of WHEN to dance Mambo versus when to dance Salsa. Students will learn through application via shines and partner work!
SOCIAL DANCING MASTERY
Duration: 6 months; Thursdays at 6:30pm
Instructor: Julie Berger
January: Salsa Lab/Salsa Mixology – Are you feeling more confident in your ability to Salsa but still feel like you’re doing the same sequence of patterns? This month, Julie will teach you the art and skill in creating your own patterns and becoming a more confident dancer! Take your Salsa to the next level!
February: Sensual Bachata – While Bachata is typically described as the most romantic of the four Latin nightclub dances, Sensual Bachata goes above and beyond simple hip movements and instead heavily utilizes circular movements and body waves! Learn the hottest tricks and trends in this dance variation developed in Spain, including how to lead and follow with body isolations, body rolls, and the legendary “Swan dive!”
March: Merengue Patterns – Learn to do this simple, fun dance with origins in the Dominican Republic! The simple march tempo is easy to hear and feel, and lends itself to a spontaneous, improvisational style of dance. The music is charming and happy and often contains clever jokes or puns in Spanish!
April: Handle Your Hand Holds – This month will focus on leaders and followers and how to understand which moves cooperate from different hand-holds and positions. Instead of having one default move you consistently do from certain positions, you will have multiple options and even be able to build your own patterns on the spot! Ladies- learn to interpret the leader, read signals, and react with split-second decision! Gentlemen- learn to transmit your instructions efficiently, without using force!
May: Double Spins & 360’s – “Salsa is not Salsa without one of the signature salsa moves, spinning!” Transform your regular moves into something new by adding double and triple spins! Learn the moves, and patterns that will allow you to jump into curriculum from our Int. Salsa B course!
June: Cha Cha – Did you know that Cha Cha is a ballroom dance as well as a street dance and that it has its origins in Cuba? While the Cha Cha has similarities to Rumba and Mambo, this carefree dance relies on triple sets and rock steps! During this month, learn how to take on and master different stylings of this dance!