Dancing is a great way to keep your mind and body active and healthy! Studies are indicating that dancing is even AHEAD of learning a second language to delay the onset of dementia.
The Adelaide Latin dance community is very active and very welcoming! We have many events to attend, and you will meet many new people with a vast array of backgrounds, ages and occupations.
Do I need to bring a partner?
No, many people come individually and you do not need to bring a partner. After the warm up you will be partnered up with another student or instructor.
What does it cost?
Casual classes - $17
10 Class pass - $130
(4 month expiry, can not be used for performance classes or invitation & advanced classes)
10 Double pass - $170
(4 month expiry, access to 2 classes per night, can be used for performance classes and invitation and advanced classes)
Who will I dance with?
Everyone! As individuals we all vary slightly in our technique and style. We encourage a wider learning experience and we rotate partners every few minutes.
I have never danced before can I just rock up?
Sure can! We offer ABSOLUTE beginners classes each week 7pm week nights. Feel free to enquire about any explanations of dancing questions.
What do I wear?
Comfortable clothing that you can move in. Jeans, a dress, hoodie, your work clothes, there's no real dress code, as long as you feel comfortable. Ladies often begin learning in flats, and as confidence grows; progress to heels. Heels will help with your spinning and turns.
Where do I go for social dancing?
We offer social dancing between our classes, however there are specific nights dedicated to social dancing where you can dance with people from other schools and get a feel for the Latin Dance culture in Adelaide. Some places that hold regular Latin nights:
Are there any 'rules' for social dancing?
Kind of, typically you should not turn down a request for a dance, but there may be instances where you feel uncomfortable, just be polite in your responses.
At times the dance floor will fill up and become crowded, I would advise that you adjust your dancing accordingly, focus on musicality rather than power moves or 'walks', try to keep it tight.
Remember that a great dance does not comprise of super complex moves, but rather simple and fluid moves that are done well.
How do I move up levels?
At Southern Salsa, we will always encourage you to challenge yourself and to push your learning!
Having said that, it is unfair on the established students if a first timer comes to an intermediate class, remember, they have paid too and it's unfair to detract from their learning experience.
If you feel that you are progressing at a greater rate, please ask to dance with an instructor during the social dancing time for some feedback, we will always be honest and encouraging.
If you have previously danced, either at another school or a few years ago, please arrive a few minutes before class begins to dance with an instructor to see which class would be of most benefit for you.