Salsa Dance Lessons

Salsa Dance Lessons In Louisville!

Taking salsa dance lessons is a great activity for singles and couples too.Salsa dancing makes you move your body and is actually a great workout! The music is lively and fast, and is sure to make anyone want to get up and dance!  If you have ever been inspired to perform or compete, there are plenty of opportunities to do that as well. We know that taking salsa dance lessons, or trying anything new and different can sometimes be an intimidating challenge, so we promise to take great care of you.

Why Should you give Salsa dancing a try?

  • FAST, FUN MUSIC: Anytime you hear a salsa song, no one can deny the urge to don′t!
  • VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE: Along with Salsa dancing, there are plenty of other club latin styles to learn too so you′ll be prepared to dance all night long!
  • CASUAL AND FUN ATMOSPHERE: Don′t worry about dress codes or whether you′ll get the moves. Give it time and have fun while you′re here!
  • FIRST LESSON IS ON US: That′s right! Your first lesson is complimentary! Come see if Dance Louisville is right for you. We′re sure you′ll agree!

Things to know for Salsa dance lessons…

  • Don′t have a partner? You don′t need one!
  • No experience necessary!
  • Shoes with non-sticky rubber soles are recommended. Ladies, we recommend closed toe shoes with a back and low heel.
  • You can get started today with group classes or private lessons! We′ve got both!

Salsa Dance Lesson Options

You can chose to start with group or private lessons!

Some people prefer to start with group lessons, others with private lessons. We recommend starting with a FREE 30min private lesson. It’s the best way to get comfortable with Dance Louisville, and heck its free! What are you waiting for?

Group Classes

We have group classes 4-5 days a week. You can learn Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, and Cumbia. We also have Rumba, Two Step and many other styles of Ballroom, Country and Swing dances too. Anything you want, you got it! Group classes start at about $10 per class but there are unlimited monthly options as well!

Private Lessons

Private lessons are the best way to learn on your own schedule and at your own pace. The average person takes about 1 private lesson per week. We have private lessons available in 30 & 60 min blocks. Your first one is FREE and it is the best way to get introduced to Dance Louisville!

Social Dancing

Social dancing is the best way to practice your steps and get some fun time on the dance floor. We have a practice party every Thursday, and Friday and Saturday dances several times each month. The studio also takes weekend trips to cities around the midwest for more dancing and competitions!

Dance Louisville has specialized in Salsa dance lessons for over a decade!

We offer beginner Salsa and Bachata group classes, and beginner through advanced private lessons as well.

Give us a call to see how we can get you started SALSA DANCING!

New York Style Salsa Dance Lessons

New York Style – (New York Style is the style of choice for most professional dancers and performers.) In the 1970s, Eddie Torres created this style which emphasizes efficiency of movement, elegance, and body isolations. The beat on which the dance break i.e shift their weight also gives the style a more common name of On2! Additionally NY Style is sometimes labeled Mambo. This is somewhat of a misnomer as Mambo is always danced On 2 and is actually a different dance altogether.

The timing in New York Style connects well with the tumbao and clave patterns inherent in Salsa music, specifically Salsa Dura (Hard Salsa). Practitioners of New York Style place great emphasis on “shines” in which dancers drop their connection and showcase their individuality through complex footwork and body movements. As mentioned before, Salsa Dura, which is different from other salsa music, has a strong Afro-Cuban rhythm and are typically medium to fast tempo songs which allows for the dancers to explore their own creativity and musicality.

NY On2 Dancers are said to “dance with the beat. The dancers dance almost as if they were another instrument soloing throughout the song.

L.A.  Style Salsa Dance Lessons

L.A. Style – L.A. Style is yin to the yang of NY Style. L.A. style specializes in theatricality, acrobatics, musicality, sensuality, and high energy. Having roots in Mambo, LA Style is danced On 1 such that the dancer breaks on the 1 versus breaking on2 like NY Style. Compared to their NY counterpart, those who dance LA style are said to “dance to the beat”. This means they follow the downbeats of the music.

But how do you identify LA from NY salsa?

See Frankie Martinez describe the difference between LA and NY Salsa. Well if you were watching these dancers from outside the club and couldn’t hear any music, typically you would notice the LA dancers first. They are the flashy, energetic, trick inclusive, all out dancers. That’s not to say NY isn’t like this, but traditionally NY style is smoother and more elegant.

Today this style can be seen on such popular shows as “Dancing with The Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” due to its flashiness and commercial appeal.

Miami Style Salsa Dance Lessons

Miami Style  – Miami style salsa evolved from the Cuban style of salsa but is a more difficult and technically advanced style of Cuban salsa. Advanced Miami salsa your moves tend to be intricate and pretzel-like and require a flexible follower to execute the moves.

Many of the Miami moves are the same as Casino Rueda moves and the style is still more circular than linear. Open breaks or the Guapea basic (leader and follower break back and then push off each other) with a tap are the most common basic steps in Miami style salsa. Your cross body lead variations are common but are executed in a more circular fashion.

Casino Rueda – Casino Rueda (meaning salsa wheel) is a group dance which originated in Havana, Cuba in the 1960s. In this dance, you dance in a circle. One  dancer, designated as “The Caller”, provides hand signals or calls out the moves. You perform the moves in the circle simultaneously. Many of the Casino moves involve swapping or switching partners. Rueda is a tricky dance but spectacular to watch.

Rueda is very popular in Cuba and Miami and has gained popularity all over the world. Cuban Rueda tends to be more playful with easy to follow fun moves while Miami Rueda has many complicated turn patterns and requires memorization and skill to execute.

Cumbia Dance Lessons

Cumbia – Colombian style salsa began in Columbia and is danced to a different type of salsa music called “Cumbia.” It is rare to find a Cumbia instructional class as most people who dance this style were taught by family and friends but Dance Louisville does teach it in private lessons!

The style is still quite popular in South/Latin America and can be distinguished by a circular style of open/side breaks with a tap on the pauses of 4 and 8. Feet never move forward and backwards as in the Mambo step. Instead, the movement is a series of back to centre or side to centre footsteps. The style has very little turn patterns and is generally not a fast or “showy” style. Instead most Cumbia dancers will hold their partner very close with their entire bodies touching from head to toe. If turns are involved, they are generally very simple rock step left turns.

Bachata Dance Lessons

Bachata – This dance is one you will find anywhere there is salsa dancing. Its basic step is easy to pick up and the music is sure to make you want to move your feet.The basic step consists of side steps and taps back and forth with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat. As you continue to progress, there are plenty of turns, rotations and arm movements that add to the wide appeal of this dance.

Bachata was founded in the Dominican Republic. This dance style is growing in its popularity across the globe, and it sure to be played any time you go out salsa dancing.

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