FAQs

How do I register for group or private classes?

The quickest way:

1. Click on Register Here at the top left on the horizontal navigation bar of the web site or download the Mindbody Connect app and find the Salsa With Silvia business.
2. On the website: create a log in if you are new or use your previously created log in. The system keeps track of your purchased packages and you can use your profile to control your schedule, reserve classes, cancel and reschedule. YOU CAN CANCEL A GROUP CLASS AS LONG AS IT’S BEFORE THE CLASS IS SET TO BEGIN. You will use your class credit to reschedule.
2. Using the navigation tabs select from Adult Group classes, Private lessons, Kids classes, etc.
3. FOR ADULT GROUP CLASSES/WORKSHOPS: Select the class you want to attend.
4. If you haven’t purchased a package, you will see all pricing options and discounts upon check out. Select one and purchase it. The system will keep track of your schedule and classes when you register, cancel, etc. EVEN IF YOU BUY A PACKAGE YOU HAVE TO MANUALLY RESERVE EACH CLASS YOU PLAN TO ATTEND. WE GIVE PRIORITY TO PEOPLE WHO ARE REGISTERED ONLINE.
5. FOR PRIVATE LESSONS: book by nearest availability, type of lesson, instructor or specific date(s). You will see the pricing upon check out or here. WE HAVE A 24-HOURS CANCELLATION POLICY ON PRIVATE LESSONS!

How do I register two people for your classes/series?

If you are registering for our ongoing drop in classes or for our series and using one of our two people packages you only need to register yourself. We know that it’s two people by the pricing option that you purchased.

If you want to purchase two of our packages for you and someone else, it is best that you create two separate profiles and pay separately for each person. Then register each person on the roster to reserve both spots. The system would also allow you to add a family member under your account and set it up so it knows that you are paying for the second person but it is not very intuitive so we recommend creating two separate profiles or give us a call and we’ll set it up for you.

Where is your studio, is there parking, is it close to a metro station?

Our studio is located about 2 miles from downtown DC at 3232 Georgia Ave. NW, Suite 104, Washington, DC 20010. Easily accessible by car or public transportation (Columbia Heights or Petworth Metro stations on the green line as well as bus H70). The venue does not have its own designated parking but there is street parking in the neighborhood and meter parking on Georgia Ave. The main entrance is on Georgia Ave. and it is street level, no steps or stairs, easily accessible by people in wheel chairs or families with strollers. Click here to read more about the studio and to see pictures.

Is your studio available for rent?

Yes, absolutely! Our studio is a luxury venue perfect to rent for small weddings, corporate events and parties, family events, kids birthday parties and more. Click here to learn more about the features of the space and how to rent.

Do I need to register for class ahead of time?

Yes, we recommend that you do. Some of our classes get full and we give priority to people that are already registered online. Also, by creating a profile on our online scheduler you can control your schedule remotely, reserve classes and private lessons, cancel, reschedule, see how many visits you have left, look at the schedule and more. You can do so through our website or you can download the Mindbody Connect app and search for Salsa With Silvia.

What’s your cancellation/rescheduling policy?

With group classes you can cancel even a minute before the class and the system will give you your class credit back so you can reschedule right away. Remember to always cancel before the class starts to get your class credit. For private lessons we have a 24-hour cancellation/rescheduling policy.

What’s your refund policy?

POLICY FOR GROUP CLASSES: NO REFUNDS – ONLY STORE CREDIT | NO PACKAGE EXTENSIONS | ONLINE RESERVATIONS HAVE PRIORITY OVER WALK INS | SPOTS RESERVED ONLINE ARE KEPT ONLY UNTIL 10 MINUTES AFTER THE CLASS HAS STARTED.

POLICY FOR PRIVATE LESSONS: NO REFUNDS! 24-HOURS SCHEDULING/RESCHEDULING/CANCELLATION POLICY. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Can I drop in in the middle of a series or do I need to be registered for the entire series?

Yes, you can drop in. All series are also designed as drop in classes so you can reserve your spot for all 4 weeks or you can chose the dates that you want to attend. We do recommend that you attend the entire series though. Remember, even if you bought a package when reserving your first class, that does not automatically sign you up for the entire series. You should still reserve your spot manually for each class you plan to attend.

Is my discount package valid for the series as well as for the ongoing classes?

Yes, the packages are valid for ALL group classes on the schedule. Workshops (specialized classes) and private lessons are NOT included.

How do I know what package is best for me?

The Salsa With Silvia studio offers some of the best and most affordable dance class packages. If you are just trying us out go with the first time drop in discount. Then decide between the one month unlimited and the 10 drop in package. The one month unlimited gives you unlimited group classes for one month from the day you purchased. The 10 drop in pack is valid for 6 months. So, ultimately it depends on how serious you are about learning and how many classes do you think you can take within a month. If it’s not that many, then then the 10 drop in package may be a better option for you. We also have a one week all class trial package and couples discount. See all discount packages here.

I bought a TWO PEOPLE PACKAGE but the system only allows me to register one person. How can I add the second person to the roster?

Typically you don’t need to do that. Just go ahead and register yourself. We know it’s two people by the pricing option you bought because it says two people. When you arrive to the studio we will take the other person’s information. These packages are meant for the TWO OF YOU TO TAKE CLASSES TOGETHER (not separately). We can make an exception and let you take separate classes. First, be sure to add your partner’s name under your profile. Contact us and we can make that work for you.

What do I wear when I come to class?

Wear something comfortable that doesn’t restrict your from moving. Wear shoes that don’t have rubber bottom. Don’t wear sneakers. Your shoes need to allow you to slide on a wood floor.

You may want to consider buying dance shoes. They are specifically designed for dancing because the bottom is smooth and flexible. You will need a special brush to clean the bottom of your shoes if you want to have them longer.

For the ladies dance shoes are even more important because they hold your ankle, which makes it even easier to dance. You should not wear dance shoes on the street!

Do I need dance shoes, how do I know which size dance shoes I wear and where do I get shoes from?

If you are a complete beginner you don’t need to invest in dance shoes just yet. Wear work shoes or sandals, something that slides on wood floor. No sneakers or shoes with rubber bottom as they tend to grip on the floor. Small heel and an ankle strap is great for ladies. In general regular dance shoes run half a size smaller than your street shoes. So if you wear size 6 1/2, you would be a size 6 in dance shoes. Sneakers are the opposite. We recommend you get half a size bigger than your street shoes. There is no store where you can go and try dance shoes on but see what we can offer you in our online store.

What is the difference between a private and a group class?

A group class is done in a setting of up to 25 students where you learn a pattern and you practice. You will be rotated to practice with different partners unless you want to dance with your partner only in which case you need to let the instructor know. No partner is required for our classes. A private lesson is where you take a one hour class with the instructor of your choice with nobody else in the studio. We recommend that if you take some private lessons you still need the group classes to get more experience leading or following different partners. Mostly, you need to go out and practice in a social dance environment. Keep in mind our studio offers social dances once a month usually on the 3rd Friday of every month so you can come and practice with your fellow students and other dancers. Booking for both group and private lessons is done through our online scheduler here.

What is the difference between a series and an ongoing class?

A series offers more structured material and follows a syllabus. Series are good if you can commit to coming every week and build material from lower to higher level. We recommend series especially for our absolute beginner and beginner students. An ongoing class (depending on the level) gives you a larger variations of the same moves that you learn in the series, different combos for you to learn how to use the moves in social dancing as well as additional practice time if you are taking them in addition to the series.

I am really serious about becoming a good dancer. How should I proceed?

We recommend that you always begin by learning and knowing your absolute basic steps and you drill them enough to build a very solid foundation. All moves are based on these basic steps so knowing them and being comfortable with them is key to smooth transition into next levels. Always be sure to consult with your instructors about his/her opinion in what’s the best level for you.

Do I need to have a partner to join a group or private class?

No, you are not required to have a partner to join a group class. Students are rotated during the class so you get to dance with different people. You also don’t need a partner for a private lessons. You will be dancing with the instructors. Regardless of male or female instructor, all instructors know both the lead and follow moves and you will be learning the same material.

I have taken some salsa classes in the past. How do I know what level I should begin from?

You should still look into taking a beginner or beginner level 2 class and go from there.  Ask the instructor and he/she will let you know when you are ready to go to the next level.

I am an advanced dancer and would like to perform. How do I join the performance team?

You will need to contact Silvia and schedule and audition.

How do I purchase a gift card?

Customize and purchase your gift card here. 

With our new registration system it is really simple for the receiver to redeem their card. When they go to register for classes, they need to enter the gift card code and the system will automatically apply the amount and keep track of the balance. WE DO NOT SEND A PHYSICAL GIFT CARD, ONLY AN ELECTRONIC CARD IS SENT TO THE RECEIVER VIA EMAIL AND THEY CAN USE THE GIFT CARD NUMBER UPON CHECK OUT WHEN REGISTERING FOR CLASSES.

Do you offer a dance program for kids?

Yes, we do. We offer drop in classes for babies, enrollment classes for pre-K and older kids as well as dance and learning camps. The styles we teach are ballet, tap, jazz, Latin, hip hop, modern, Bollywood and more. Click here to look at all current dance programs for kids.

Can I hire your performance team and/or instructors to perform/teach at my event?

Yes! We perform and teach on location. Please see more information here and contact us to discuss details and get a quote. We’ll make your event fabulous!

What is Salsa With Silvia Trick Of The Week?

The “Trick Of The Week” videos are designed to give you a new step, partnering technique and or a styling tip every week. As you watch these videos in order, you will learn something new with each video. Eventually we will start doing more and more complicated turn patters, so stick around and enjoy!

Go ahead and subscribe on Salsa With Silvia’s YouTube Channel and you will get a new free instructional video every week.

These videos will be stored on the channel as well as on the Trick Of The Week page so you can always go back and refer to them.

Why should I register for the Salsa With Silvia Blog?

When you register (Click on the little email icon on the side bar of every page), you will get updates for new classes, new videos, new products, etc.

 

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