Frequently Asked Questions

What is the age group of students? 
The minimum age for all partnered classes such as Salsa and Bachata is 18 and over.  The minimum age for solo dance styles and classes such as Reggaeton, Samba and Ladies Salsa Styling is 15 and over. Although the average age group is 20’s and 30’s, there is no maximum age at Melbourne Latin Dance! 

Do I need a partner?
No, you do not need to come with a partner.  You are welcome to come along with a partner but you definitely do not need to come with one.  Most of our students do not join with partners.  Basically all of our partnered classes have a maximum of 30 students – 15 guys and 15 ladies.  At the beginning of each class students choose a partner and then throughout the class the students change partners every few minutes. Students who do join the course with a partner and do not wish to rotate with other students are absolutely welcome to dance only with their partner.

How many students are there in each class?
We allow a maximum of 30 students in our classes.  In our partnered dance classes such as Salsa and Bachata we allow 15 men and 15 women only, thus promoting classes of equal numbers of men and women.

 

What should I wear to class?

What to wear for Salsa and Bachata
In terms of clothing – anything you’re comfortable in is fine.  Many students come to class straight from work in suits, others in tracksuits or jeans.  Absolutely anything goes! The requirements for footwear understandably, are a little more specific.  This information is relevant for both ladies and men.  Ideally dance shoes should be worn.  If you do not have dance shoes then try to wear shoes that are comfortable and preferably have a thin, flexible sole.  Thongs and other slip on shoes should not be worn. Shoes that fit securely and ‘hug’ the foot are preferable.  Runners should not be worn as they have a very wide and grippy base which may lead to an injury whilst turning and spinning.  Sneakers that have a thin sole and do not have much grip are a great alternative to dance shoes. Ladies please avoid pointy toed shoes and stilettos.

What to wear for Reggaeton and Samba
For Reggaeton and Samba dress as though you are going to the gym!  Leggings, track pants and sneakers are the attire to go with.  You’ll need to dress this way as you are quite likely to get a workout it these two classes!

Why 8 Week Courses and not just “casual classes”?
At Melbourne Latin Dance, our Latin Dance Classes are run as 8 Week Courses. After years of teaching Latin Dance, with constant attention to honing and refining both our skills and teaching methods, we have come to the conclusion that running 8 Week Salsa Courses as opposed to “Casual” or “Drop In” classes really is the best way for us to most effectively and efficiently teach and respectively the best way for our students to learn. Also, having travelled throughout the Australian and world salsa scenes and observing their trends,  it is clear that the best salsa schools all offer syllabus courses rather than just casual classes

Years ago, we, like many Dance schools today, used to only run casual classes. This meant that every week, or every other week new people would come to our Beginners Classes, often never having danced a single step of Salsa in their lives (which incidentally, we love!) However, this meant that we would have to go back to the very beginning for these new comers meaning that the people in the class who had been coming along for the past 3, 5, 10 or however many weeks would understandably become quite bored. We overcame that by running 8 Week Courses.

The way the 8 Week Beginners courses work is that at Week 1 we start at the very beginning with the absolute basics.  Then the following week we do a quick revision and correct anything that needs “cleaning up” and then add need next part of the syllabus.  Every week after that for the entire 8 Weeks we continue to revise and add, steadily building as we teach the entire Syllabus. 

At the Intermediate and Advanced levels we have also found that students have progressed at a much faster pace since the introduction of Syllabus Courses.  Again, one of the reasons can be attributed to the structured nature of our Syllabus Courses.  At the Intermediate and Advanced levels, over the 8 Weeks students learn 2 sets of turnpatterns, each spanning 4 Weeks.  As with the Beginners Courses, the students learn a little on the first week, then add to it and repeat from the top in the following weeks.  We have found that by doing this, students actually retain what they have learnt and therefore are able to actually use it when dancing socially which of course is what it is all about!  Too many times students doing casual classes complain that they keep attending classes but can’t remember the turnpatterns.  Syllabus courses overcome this.  An additional benefit of this method is that as we repeat the turnpattern over the 4 Weeks, there is opportunity to “clean up” sections from previous weeks that may need attention, which we would not have the opportunity to address if we did not run Syllabus Courses.