What do I need to bring to class?
It is best to come to class prepared to move around. Clothes that are not too restrictive and shoes that are “not to slippy and not too grippy” are best. Shoes made specifically for dance are the best option, but not necessary. (Check out dance shoe options on our links page!) It is strongly recommended to bring a bottle of water for yourself. As you will be in close contact with others, breath and body scent fresheners are key!
Yes! Most people who take the class have never danced Salsa before, and many have no dance experience at all. We break the steps down so that anyone can join, and we review the basics each class. The most important thing to keep in mind is that it’s not about perfection, but getting moving, enjoying the music and having fun!
Salsa classes are designed to accommodate all levels of fitness. We teach the basicprogram and offer adaptations for those looking to increase the intensity.
What if I have to miss a class?
Salsa Dance Durango classes are by monthly membership or by single drop in classes. No refunds will be given for missed classes, inclement weather, or minor illness. Extenuating circumstances will be handle on a case-by-case basis.
Each level runs every week at the same time! So you if have to miss a class, you can just jump back into the level you left off at.
What exactly is Black Belt Salsa?
Black Belt Salsa is a curriculum of teaching Latin Dance in a method similar to martial arts. A strong foundation is taught from the very beginning, to ensure that the proper techniques are learned by each student. As well, several fun variations are provided from the very beginning, so that each student has a large repertoire of moves!
The curriculum is highly organized and builds upon itself. Rather than learning random moves each week, each level (or belt color, as in martial arts) is based on mastering foundations and objectives before progressing to the next one. The system is ingenious in that once the foundations are set, the possibilities and combinations of moves are endless!
Scoll down to the bottom of this page for the Black Belt Salsa curriculum overview and belt levels. Click here to find out more from blackbeltsalsa.com, written by creator Edie “the Salsa Freak” Williams.
I have taken a Black Belt Salsa class and I feel I really need more practice with that level. Do I have to move up to the next one?
No, not at all! That is one of the great aspects of a Black Belt Salsa class–the levels run at the same time (called “circles”, by color). If you take a class one week and really want to solidify those newly learned moves before moving on, you totally can stay in that same circle–for as long as you feel comfortable!
Belts are earned over time, in the form of wristbands. Students who do not wish to be instructors earn their White through Black Belts over time. They do not learn both lead and follow. They simply learn either one or the other and follow the regular course curriculum at their own pace. This can take anywhere from 1 to 5 years or longer depending on their level of commitment and talents. Students pay for their training from Apprentices and Professional Instructors.
I am ready to move to a new belt color! What is the process?
Once you have completed all the requirements in a belt level family, you may request to be tested out (ie. you will be evaluated on how you execute your moves), by Sensei Lou or Sensei Erin Sinberg. Upon passing your physical test, you will receive your belt color, in the form of a wristband.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page for the curriculum overview and belt levels.
Absolutely! Each BBS class is followed by “the hour of power”. One hour practice time to help solidify your newfound learning!
What is the curriculum of Black Belt Salsa?
Fundamentals Day 1: Frame, Connection, How to execute moves “Down-The-Body”, and the Basic Steps of Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa On2
Fundamentals Day 2: Review of Salsa On2 basic step, Moving from Open to Closed position, Cross-Body-Lead step and how to start a dance with Merengue/Bachata/Salsa On2
White Belt: Right Turns, Left Turns, Cross Body Lead & Core Dip | Down the Body (“DTB”) Memory Technique
Orange: Progressive Right & Left Turns, Stops & T-Stances
Yellow: Open Breaks, conversion from On2 to On1
Camo: Reverse Progressions Checks, Stops, & Rotations
Green: Adding Complexity to the Core BBS Syllabus moves
Purple: Pattern Creativity, and Steals
Blue: Curriculum on Various Timings
Brown: Men and Women’s Spins within Patterns
Red: Men and Women’s Styling within Patterns
Red/Black: Musicality & Showmanship
Black: Performing, Competing, Lifts & Tricks