Before you walk out of the house.
Wear comfortable shoes— shoes that you would normally go dancing in! Normally beginner students are not required to wear ‘special’ dance shoes. Check online, or contact the school directly. Wear comfortable clothes! Look smart! Smell nice! Deodorant, perfume, breath mints….
What to expect from your first salsa dance lesson.
It’s easy! Show up early, so that you know exactly where the class is being held and finish registering for class. Some dance classes are in bars, british legions, gyms, community centres…All a dance instructor needs is a good space and some music!
Arrive with plenty of time to allow yourself to have a drink on-site (support the bar!) , or somewhere in the area. One little drink can take the edge off! Since you are in at the area, there’s no rushing late into class!
Your first lesson:
Understand that a lot of people are in the same boat as you!
Simply pay attention to the teacher’s instructions, be lovely and polite to all the other students. Switching partner’s normal, (I recommend it! ) in dance classes.
Be patient! So in partner dancing, hopefully the lead to follower ratio is pretty even! If there are way too many ladies (followers) then sometimes the teacher will ask ladies to dance with ladies.
The only way to guarantee you have a partner the entire time is to 1) register one with a partner 2) ask before attending class what the ratio is.
The beginner levels switching partners allows people
- to make friends,
- get used to the social part of social partner dancing (switching partners is normal!)
- stop couples from fighting
If you do not want to switch partners, then contact the school before hand. I only recommend this for couples preparing for a big event that is only a few weeks away. (If you are getting married please read my blog post about wedding opening dances! Don’t wait until last minute to learn your opening!)
You survived you first lesson! Learning to dance can be a very enjoyable experience!
Do your part! Use your common sense and if it was delightful take a few more lessons! If you have nothing to compare it to, try out another dance school! Find the right teacher, location, and time that works for you! Be open minded, and patient with yourself and others!
You will be gliding across the floor in no time! Keep dancing!!
Want more tips? Please look for the post coming!
How to get the most out of your beginner salsa dance lessons!