If you have a question about our courses or events, we’ve put together a FAQ where you might find the answer you’re looking for. If you can’t find an answer below, please don’t hesitate to contact us here
Do I have to register with a partner ?
No, it’s not compulsory. We try to have a balance between men and women and we change partners during the lessons.
I’ve done salsa before, which course should I sign up for ?
It depends on several factors (years of experience, ease of learning). If you’ve only been doing another style of salsa (Puerto Rican, NY, LA, Colombian) for several months/years, we advise you to start again at level 1B: Beginners +. Although musically similar, each style has its own characteristics that should not be overlooked.
If you have any doubts, you can contact us here to ask for the advice of our teachers, who will be able to guide you towards the right course for your level. You can also consult the course description page to find out about the prerequisites for each level.
Can I try out a course before paying ?
As there are a lot of people registered and the courses are usually fully booked, we do not offer trial courses without registration and payment. However, if the course does not suit you, you can request a refund within the first 3 weeks of the session.
Can I change courses during the year ?
It is not possible to change course without prior consultation. If the course does not correspond to your level, speak to one of the teachers who will be able to advise you.
I’ve missed a lession. Can I make it up / get a refund ?
These things happen and are not very serious. If you miss a lesson, it is very likely that you will repeat what you missed in the following week’s lesson. We do not refund missed lessons.
I don’t speak French well enough to follow the course
Some people don’t speak French at all and follow the course without any problems. We try to explain everything very visually. The teachers speak English and can also answer your questions.
Why change partners during lessons ?
It’s very important, from a teaching point of view, to change partners. It helps us to learn more quickly and to confront each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
I only want to dance with my partner
We won’t force you to change partners. However, we don’t advise it. You’ll learn faster by dancing with others, and that’s the point of social dancing. Moreover, you’ll find yourself off the dance floor as soon as we get to the Rueda de casino (round dance).
There are too many people in the class. I can’t see a thing.
That’s true. We get a lot of people in our classes and our teachers have been used to dealing with this for years, so don’t worry. That’s why we change partners and lines so that everyone can see. A small stage also allows the teachers to be visible. What counts is your assiduity.
What should I wear during lessons ?
We advise you to wear something light and comfortable, as you could quickly become overheated. If you’re leaving work, it’s a good idea to have a change of clothes to keep you comfortable.
What shoes should I wear during lessons ?
For Cuban salsa, we recommend shoes that you feel comfortable in, such as trainers. If you’re a beginner, we recommend flat shoes to start learning to dance. For girls, heels are not forbidden, but it’s best to feel comfortable dancing ‘flat’ before starting to dance in heels.
I’ve never danced before. I’m afraid of being really bad
We’ve all been there. That’s what the Beginner level is for, and you probably won’t be the only one. Be persistent and you’ll see your progress after a few months.
Here are a few important rules to follow during lessons and parties:
- Have good hygiene. You’ll probably be dancing with a number of different people during the course or evening, and it’s more respectful to have taken a few hygiene precautions. Some people take one or more spare T-shirts.
- Pay attention to your partner and make sure you don’t hurt him/her with sudden and/or forced movements. Whatever movement you perform, it must NEVER hurt.
- Watch out for other dancers. You will rarely be alone on the dance floor, and it should be a friendly place. Each couple should respect their own dance area. Make sure your partner doesn’t bump into another couple he/she can’t see from behind.
- No criticism. Criticism can be sensitive for some people. During lessons, if in doubt, it’s best to ask one of the teachers, who will probably be able to give you an answer. During the courses/parties, it is not advisable to give a few improvised lessons/corrections. Your partner may be at a different level to you and may not yet have seen what you know. If a movement didn’t work, the responsibility is most likely shared (different levels, experience, ease, etc.). In this case, move on and continue dancing.
- Have fun !!