Frequently Asked Questions
Perhaps you have heard of the Salsa Windhoek Social Club and you are eager to join our growing salsa community. But maybe there are some niggling questions you need answered before you begin your salsa journey. Well, here are some frequently asked questions that will be sure to expel many of your doubts.
WHAT TYPE OF SALSA DO YOU TEACH?
We teach LA-style (danced on-1). It is a salsa style originating in Los Angeles, USA, danced in a linear fashion. It is characterised by the forward-back basic, the cross-body lead, and numerous turn patterns. It provides an excellent foundation for anyone starting their salsa journey and is a source of eternal entertainment, fun, and creativity on any dance floor.
At the Salsa Windhoek Social Club (SWSC), we teach salsa in a non-competitive, relaxed, and social atmosphere. Our classes are designed to help each student master the technicalities of salsa dancing while leaving enough room for self-expression and creativity.
I DO NOT HAVE A DANCE PARTNER. IS THIS A PROBLEM?
Not at all. Although salsa is the world’s most popular partner dance a dance partner is not essential in order to take salsa classes. At our studio everybody is welcome to attend on their own, with a partner, or with a group of friends—it really does not matter.
At the SWSC, true to our motto to teach social salsa, we ensure everyone rotates their dance partners. This ensures dancers meet new people and become acquainted with various leading and following styles.
IS DANCING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED?
Dancing experience is not necessary to attend salsa classes. SWSC’s beginner-level classes are tailored to ensure any newcomer picks up the essentials of Latin American dancing easily.
Whether one has four left feet and cannot tell the difference between clockwise and anticlockwise makes no difference to us. A popular saying on our floor is this: “Bring us your crazy, and we will give you our dance.”
WHAT TYPE OF PEOPLE COME TO SALSA?
The Salsa Windhoek Social Club provides a social atmosphere for dance enthusiasts and newcomers older than 18 years. We work only with young adults and other working professionals. Our floor is populated by doctors, accountants, lawyers, engineers, architects, vets, graphic designers, IT consultants, diplomats, tour operators, writers, photographers, university students, and many other professional disciplines.
The only person missing on our floor is you, so we look forward to seeing you there.
I AM NOT COMPLETELY NEW TO SALSA. WHAT LEVEL OF SALSA AM I?
Okay, so you have danced salsa before or you have taken some classes elsewhere and you are not sure what level of salsa you in order to take our classes. That is really not a problem. All you have to do is pop in to our beginner classes so that our instructors can assess your level of dancing and assign you to the correct classes.
IS THERE A DRESS CODE?
Not really. We like all of our dancers to dress as comfortably as possible. The more comfortable a person is, the better they will dance. However, it is important to keep in mind that clothes which permit free movement are better than clothes which pinch, pull, and demand constant attention.
What is comfortable for dancers varies: athletic clothing makes some people feel comfortable while normal work attire works for others. There is no set code; eventually, everyone discovers what works for them. For gentlemen, we do not recommend unnecessarily loose or constrictive clothing or excessive cologne. For ladies, skirts, dresses, and tights are recommended.
It is always important to the keep the following in mind: the more comfortable a person is, the better they will dance.
I DO NOT HAVE PROPER DANCING SHOES. WILL THIS BE AN ISSUE?
Nope, not at all. Although dancing shoes would offer more comfort, they are not absolutely essential.
However, ladies need to note the following: thong or sandal-type shoes do not offer support for feet and, thus, lead to discomfort. Also, stiletto heels become uncomfortable to dance in after a while and can lead to injury. For ladies, when starting out, anything with a smooth sole and a supportive back will do. At higher levels of dancing a professional dancing shoe is recommended.
For gentlemen, hiking boots or other heavy sneakers are not recommended. Any light trainers or sneakers will suffice.
WHERE CAN I BUY DANCING SHOES?
At the moment, because the dancing community in Windhoek is small, there are no outlets available in Windhoek from which one can purchase professional dancing shoes. However, one can purchase dancing shoes online from the following online retail outlets:
- Dance Boutique (in Pretoria, South Africa): http://www.danceboutique.co.za/
- Natural Spin (in Toronto, Canada): http://www.naturalspin.com/
If one happens to finds themselves in Cape Town any of the following shops will be able to provide assistance with dancing shoes:
Ballet & Dance Emporium
Address: 32 Plein Street, Cape Town
Phone: +27 21 462 7331
HOW MUCH DO CLASSES COST?
The cost of classes is dependent on how often one chooses to dance. To dance once a week (for all levels of salsa) will cost N$300 per month while dancing twice a week (for all levels of salsa again) will cost N$450 per month.
For more information about class times visit the following link: http://www.salsawhk.com/classes/
DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE LESSONS?
At the moment, the SWSC does not have the capacity to provide private lessons. All lessons are provided in group format at the Salsa Windhoek Social Club’s studio in 27 Trift Street.
OKAY, I WANT TO DANCE SALSA. HOW LONG BEFORE I AM A “GOOD DANCER”?
When it comes to salsa, just like all things, the more one practices the better one becomes. Thus, someone who dances twice a week and practices at home regularly will master steps and patterns more quickly than someone who dances once a week and does not practice at all. The key to improving one’s dancing is to practice as often as possible.
Our most dedicated dancers, who began their salsa journey with no prior dancing experience at all, danced twice a week and attended our monthly salsa parties and, today, can enjoy a night of salsa dancing with confidence and style. Again, the emphasis, as always, is on regular practice.
The SWSC also hosts regular salsa workshops which focus on particular aspects of salsa such as turn patterns and styling. These workshops drill down on specific dance features and help students to master them.
If you have any questions which are not answered in this list, feel free to drop us an email at the following address and we shall respond to your query as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org