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What's My Level? Syllabus Videos & tips

SALSA DANCE LEVELS & SYLLABUS VIDEOS

Tip: In addition to our 4-week series, we recommend that you take our series along with our ONGOING PRACTICE CLASSES

Step 1: ABSOLUTE BEGINNER SALSA 4-WEEK SERIES

These 4-week series are for people with no prior experience in salsa dancing. This is where you learn the crucial fundamentals that you will build on as you go further. Be sure to consult with your instructor to make sure you are ready to move on to the next level. 

Week 1: Absolute Beginner Salsa

During Week 1 we study foundations of lead & follow, Musicality & Rhythm & Basic step.

Week 2: Absolute Beginner Salsa

During Week 2 we study right hand turn follow, Right hand turn lead (underarm).

Week 3: Absolute Beginner Salsa

During Week 3 we study the all mighty Cross Body lead (CBL).

Week 4: Absolute Beginner Salsa

During Week 4 we review what we've learned in previous weeks.

Step 2: BEGINNER 1 SALSA 4-WEEK SERIES

Now that you have learned the important fundamentals, you will be building on and continuing to learn other important moves and footwork that lay in the foundation of more advanced move to come. Be sure to consult with your instructor to make sure you are ready to move on to the next level. 

Week 1: Beginner 1 Salsa

During Week 1 we study Outside Cross Body Lead (CBL) and the Suzie Q.

Week 2: Beginner 1 Salsa

During Week 2 we study Broken Left Turn (BLT) with hair comb/drape.

Week 3: Beginner 1 Salsa

During Week 3 we study Hammerlock with Enchufla (Back Break). Footwork: crossover.

Week 4: Beginner 1 Salsa

During Week 4 we review and give you styling tips, right turn variations and practice patterns.

Step 3: BEGINNER 2 SALSA 4-WEEK SERIES

In this series we continue learning more crucial beginner moves that you absolutely must know.  Be sure to consult with your instructor to make sure you are ready to move on to the next level. 

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Week 1: Beginner 2 Salsa

Footwork: Forward Slide/Backward Slide. Partner work: Enchufla Double.

Week 2: Beginner 2 Salsa

Now we start looking into back breaks: Single Hand Copa, Double Hand Copa.

Week 3: Beginner 2 Salsa

Cross Body Lead (CBL) With Hand Toss. Footwork: Double Suzie Q.

Week 4: Beginner 2 Salsa

Review, Styling tips, Right Turn Variations, Practice patterns.

Step 4: INTERMEDIATE 1 SALSA 4-WEEK SERIES

Welcome to Intermediate! Before you sign up for this level make sure you are absolutely comfortable with the fundamental moves that we teach in Beginner Level. Be sure to consult with your instructor to make sure you are ready to move on to the next level. 

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Week 1: Intermediate 1 Salsa

Double Cross Over. Partner work: Shoulder Check with single and double hand lead.

Week 2: Intermediate 1 Salsa

Partner work: The Wrap. Right Turn behind the lead's back.

Week 3: Intermediate 1 Salsa

Cross Body Lead (CBL) with Hammerlock. Outside CBL with double turn for follower.

Week 4: Intermediate 1 Salsa

Review, Styling, Practice patterns. Reminder to check with your teacher before you move on.

Step 5: INTERMEDIATE 2 SALSA 4-WEEK SERIES

This is it! You have made it that far! Remember, you can never get enough practice. To be a true intermediate, you have to be a very solid beginner. Be sure you are absolutely comfortable with everything else we've learned so far. Take as many ongoing/practice classes as you can.

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Week 1: Intermediate 2 Salsa

Footwork: Grape Vine. Partnering: Drop Catch + Windmill combo.

Week 2: Intermediate 2 Salsa

Now we build on what we know: 180 Cross Body Lead, Simple Dip, Titanic.

Week 3: Intermediate 2 Salsa

Make sure you work on core strength! Intro to double turns and application during partnering.

Week 4: Intermediate 2 Salsa

Review, Styling, Practice patterns. We are not providing a video here because your instructor will teach his or her own variation implementing a lot of what you have learned throughout the levels. WHAT'S NEXT? Check our Accelerate Series.

BACHATA LEVELS & SYLLABUS VIDEOS

Step 1: ABSOLUTE BEGINNER BACHATA

Bahcata is a slower pace dance style that originates from the Dominican Republic. This style has become very popular on the social dance scene so if you want to be a great social dancer, it's best if you learn both Salsa & Bachata. These 4-week series are for students with no prior dance experience. This is where you learn the crucial fundamentals that you will build on as you go further. Here you will learn the very basic Bachata steps and get used to the rhythm of this style. Be sure to consult with your instructor to make sure you are ready to move on to the next level.

Step 2: BEGINNER BACHATA

These 4-week series are for students with basic knowledge in Bachata. If you have some dance experience in other dance styles, you could chose to start your Bachata learning with this level. Be sure to consult with your instructor to make sure you are ready to move on to the next level. Please remember, these videos are just a general overview of what you will be learning in our classes. Your instructor may teach you different variations and options of moves.

Week 1: Beginner Bachata

During Week 1 we study the Bachata basic step and turns.

Week 2: Beginner Bachata

During Week 2 we study the Hug Move, Change Of Places and Hammer Lock

Week 3: Beginner Bachata

During Week 3 we study the Box Move, Switching Places and The Break Step

Week 4: Beginner Bachata

During Week 4 we review and give you styling tips, right turn variations and practice patterns.

Step 3: INTERMEDIATE BACHATA

Welcome to Intermediate Level Bachata! Here you will continue adding more creative moves to your Bachata vocabulary, getting you ready to venture in other Bachata styles like Sensual and Dominican Bachata. Remember, Bachata is a very creative dance so your teacher may give you different variations than what you see in these videos.

Week 1: Intermediate Bachata

During Week 1 we study the very essential Body Rolls and how to use them in social dancing.

Week 2: Intermediate Bachata

During Week 2 we study Hand Tosses and their application in social dancing.

Week 3: Intermediate Bachata

During Week 3 we study Bachata Footwork (Shines) and head rolls in partnering.

Week 4: Intermediate Bachata

During week 4 you will work on reviewing and combining the moves you have learned into more complicated patterns and variations.

Step 4: SENSUAL BACHATA & DOMINICAN BACHATA

DISCLAIMER: You should NOT jump into Sensual or Dominican Bachata classes with absolutely no prior experience in Regular/Modern Bachata (See our Bachata Levels above (Absolute Beginner, Beginner and Intermediate). Only after learning the foundations of Modern Bachata, you'll be ready to explore these two styles of Bachata. Sensual Bachata has more sensual and intricate body movement so before you jump into this style you need to be very comfortable with the musicality and footwork of Modern Bachata. Dominican Bachata is very fast pace and has very difficult footwork so you would need to have gone through all levels of Regular/Modern Bachata first. Look for those classes on our schedule and try them out. Click to see schedule.

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