Frequently Asked Questions

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ABOUT THE CLASSES

1How do I register for a class?
The easiest way to register for a class is online on our website, for first-timers, and through our app, once you already have an member account with us.

Online you can pay via a credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express). At the studio you can pay in cash, debit or credit cards.

Alternatively you can also provide payment via e-transfer to our email address info@afrolatinodance.com.

2Do I need a partner to join one of your class?
You do not need a partner in order to join any of our classes. If you do not come with a partner for the salsa classes, you will be partnered there to either a fellow student or one of our assistants and volunteers. We also rotate people often to ensure you dance with as many people as possible, a great way of meeting new people and improve your leading or following skills.
3What payment methods are accepted?
  • Paypal/Visa/Mastercard - available online only on our website
  • E-mail money transfer
  • Cash, cheque or money orders dropped off during our classes
  • Cheques or money orders mailed to us
4When do you have a new session starting?
All our classes run on an ongoing basis, which means you do not have to wait for a start date in order to join. You can join at any time!
5Can I pay as I go? What other packages do you have?
Yes, we offer different class payment packages to suit your availability better:
  • Drop-ins for those with an unpredictable schedule;
  • Flexible cards of 5, 10 or 20 lessons, for those who would like to save on cost per class. They can be used towards any of the regular group classes we have on schedule.
Please check our Packages and Deals for prices and more information.
6How is Cuban Salsa different from "regular" salsa?
Cuban Salsa is different from the North American styles of salsa in a variety of ways:
  • Casino (Cuban Salsa) is danced in a circular way, with both partners usually using a circle as their dance space, rather than a line or slot as in LA or NY style salsa
  • It has more emphasis on rhythm and Afro-Cuban style body movement rather than fast and multiple spins. Body isolations and hip movement are as important as leading and following turn patterns.
  • The advanced turn patterns are characterized by intricate and arm-twisted movements
  • Being versatile with the rhythm is also important as Cuban style can be danced to emphasize (break on) the first beat (Rumba timing or "On 1"), the second beat ("Contratiempo" or "On 2") or the third beat of the music ("A tiempo" or "On 3"). Tapping in between footsteps is also a common feature.
7I have some previous experience dancing salsa. What would be the level I should join?
Different schools and teachers will likely cover different material, especially if the styles of salsa are different. Without seeing you dance there is no way we can answer accurately this question. You should come for an assessment so we can indicate the best level for you. Assessments are free of charge and are done at an pre-arranged time at the studio. Please contact us to find out available times.
8Can I watch a class prior to signing in?
Absolutely! You can watch any of our classes on schedule. All you have to do is show up at the studio on the day and time of the class.
9What kind of attire is needed for the classes? What about shoes?

For our salsa, kizomba, or bachata classes there is no special attire required. Some people come with their work clothes while other people change into workout gear.

There are no special shoes that are needed for these dances, even for Cuban Salsa. However, we recommend shoes that are comfortable. As a general policy in dance studios we require that shoes worn inside are dry and clean from dirt, snow or mud.

For other classes such as Latin Cardio, Reggaeton, Samba, Afro-House, Afro-Cuban, Cuban Rumba, Ladies Styling, workout gear is recommended as they are higher intensity classes. Barefoot is recommend for Afro-Cuban while sneakers, dance sneakers or just socks are good options for the other classes.

ABOUT THE SHOWS

1What is the difference between the Cuban and Brazilian themes?
They are different in the music, the style of dance and the style of costumes used:

Brazilian Carnival Show:

  • Samba music
  • Samba dance with very fast footwork
  • Costumes have typically lots of feathers

Cuban Cabaret Show:

  • Salsa, Mambo, Chachacha, Conga music
  • A mixture of salsa, mambo and other Cuban dances
  • Costumes have typically lots of ruffles with big headpieces
2Do the dancers come dressed in their costumes?
No, the dancers will need a room at the venue where they can change into their costumes. This room should be lockable so they can leave their belongings secured while performing

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