Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I do this? I have no rhythm. I have two left feet. I'll screw up and look like a fool.
A. Don't worry! I've taught thousands of students, and by the end of the first lesson, almost everyone grasps at least some of the basics with very few exceptions. Of course some learn faster than others but I guarantee that in the process, everyone has a great time. And that's the beauty of being a beginner. Of course you'll make mistakes. You're supposed to...you're a beginner. So take the pressure off and just enjoy. We all started the exact same way. I think the only fools are those who don't try.

Q. Do I need to reserve a space, or can I just show up for the lesson?
A. Group lessons at salsa nights are drop in. Most are free of charge, but sometimes there may be a fee or cover charge. Just check ahead and show up ready to dance. But if you have questions beforehand, don't hesitate to call Mike (me) at 443-255-2355. 

Q. Do I need to bring a partner?
A. No. Lessons are group classes. We rotate partners throughout the class. However, we do encourage you to bring your friends or significant others along. Dancing is even better when it's shared.

Q. I am coming with my spouse/significant other/date. Do we have to rotate partners?
A. Yes. Since these are group classes, it is expected that everyone rotates partners. Not only is it better for the class dynamic, but students also learn by partnering with different leads and followers. Don't worry. We rotate often enough for you to dance several times with each partner. If you only want to dance with the partner you brought, then I suggest you arrange private lessons.

Q. What should I wear to the lesson?
A. Lessons are casual. You should wear clothing that allows you to move freely. And remember, dancing is a physical activity, so you may develop a healthy glow. Be sure to wear clothes that breathe. Though most salsa venues are climate controlled, dancing heats things up. Some bring along a small towel or washcloth to pat themselves.

Q. What shoes should I wear?
A. For beginners, most shoes that are secure to the feet and provide stability will work for the lesson. Non-rubber soles work even better since they allow you to turn more easily. For men, dress shoes will work great, and even athletic shoes will be ok. Heavy boots (ie hiking, motorcycle) won't. For ladies, please avoid slides, flip-flops or too high a heel. 

As students advance, many transition to shoes specifically designed for dancing. These feature suede or composite soles specifically made for the dance floor. They also provide the right contact that allows for optimal foot placement and feel.

Q. How many times will I need to take the beginner class?
A. Of course this is student specific. Everyone learns at a different pace. The point is that there is no rush. It is better to master the fundamentals than to advance before you're ready. If you are unsure about your readiness, just ask.