SALSA LESSONS, TORONTO: I don’t have a partner

Can I take Salsa Lessons if I don’t have a dance partner? Yes, you don’t need a dance partner when taking Salsa lessons. Most schools offer some way to connect and dance with others, but make sure you look for three things in a dance school to indicate that your school will take care of you during your Salsa classes.

First: Pre-registration versus drop-in. 

Make sure you don’t do drop-ins for Salsa Lessons whenever you join a school. It’s not the greatest experience because, unfortunately, sometimes you can have twelve leaders and three followers or vice versa.

We have opted to work based on pre-registration at our school because, after so many years of experience, I know that it’s easier to balance numbers when you pre-register, which creates a better dancing experience for my students.

I’ve heard many stories from students who have taken classes at other schools and had to wait for twenty to thirty minutes before being able to dance. Sometimes, the instructor dances with the students, but not everybody gets a chance to see what the moves are like.

Therefore,  pre-registration is essential to ensure you get the best chance to practice class after class. I understand that It can be tempting to buy a monthly pass, and I think that system is suitable for Yoga classes, Hip Hop classes, or anything you can do solo without ever having to work with a partner.

Second:  Volunteers. 

I’m proud to say that we have volunteers that are intermediate to advanced dancers in our school. Every night we have anywhere from two to six volunteers in rotation helping us balance numbers in a class, or they’re walking around giving advice.

We can’t predict the exact number of dancers attending each class; however, having several volunteers ensures that if a student is absent, the rest of the group would not be affected because we have dancers ready to fill the gap.  Additionally, it is great to dance with a more experienced dancer as they will focus on your learning as they already have the skills you’re still acquiring.

Moreover, having volunteers indicates how comfortable our students feel at our school and their commitment to becoming better dancers.

So whenever you are thinking of joining a school, ask them if, besides the instructor, they have volunteers in rotation.

Third: Consistency is key. 

As you’re looking for Salsa lessons in Toronto, make sure that the course is consistent and allows progression. Do you remember the time you attended high school? Knowledge is acquired progressively, and you share the experience with your classmates.  Advancing with a  group facilitates learning,  is fun and allows you to build friendships and create meaningful connections.

I have always believed that paying for a dance class goes beyond a transaction. You are opening the opportunity to develop connections, and you will remember the moments you shared with those attending consistently. In addition, having a specific date and time when you meet for your classes for nine weeks allows you to feel familiar with the instructor and your classmates. We have realized that when you’re coming consistently, you feel more comfortable in rotation dancing with others; because you’re building something with them on top of the skills you’re learning yourself.

I can’t wait to welcome you to our big family, have you come in week to week, have fun, connect with new friends and let loose to amazing Latin songs. Click here to check our current schedule.

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