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How much does it cost?

That depends on the class you attend and whether you pay on the night or for a month in advance. The 8 week progressive La Rueda classes and the 4 week beginner introduction classes to various dance styles require full payment for the course in advance. Full details of all our prices can be found on the classes and events pages.

Do I need to book?

There is no need to book for the stand alone classes, workshops and freestyle, just turn up and take it from there!!

However, for the 8 week progressives courses in La Rueda and the 4 week Beginner introduction courses to various dances must be booked in advance as they are quite popular and payment for the entire course is required in advance.

We would also recommend that you pre-book for the free Salsa Clinic's on a Thursday night as these 10 minute slots are very popular and there are only 3 slots per evening.

How do I book?

You can book your place on any Keen Dance class or event when you come on a Wednesday or Thursday night and pay the fee to whoever is running the cash desk. Alternatively send a cheque for £20 made payable to Keen Salsa, with details of your name, address, telephone number and email address (if you have one), and details of the course you are wanting to book onto to:

Keen Dance - Name of Event/Class
32 Nursery Road
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP2 7HX

You can also book directly with the Salisbury Arts Centre, tel: 01722 321744 or email boxoffice@salisburyarts.co.uk for any of the Keen Dance events that we hold there.

What do I do before I come along to a class?

By all means please contact Keen Dance to discuss any questions or queries you might have, but there is nothing we require that you do before attending a class.

You might want to fill out the membership form and bringing it with you to the class as we do ask you to fill this in before taking part in your first Keen Dance class.

I have never danced before, can I still come to classes?

YES, this is one of the reasons we run an Absolute Beginner class, which is aimed at people with no dance experience whatsoever!!

Additionally we also run taster sessions and beginner courses in a number of different dance styles, which are suitable for both novice and experienced dancers.

What dance styles do you teach?

We teach a variety of Latin American dance styles, primarily Cuban style Salsa, but also La Rueda, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha , Lambada, Argentinian Tango, Samba, Reggaeton, Bollywood/Bhangra and Street/Hip Hop to name a few.

How long does a class last?

Classes generally last between 45 minutes to 1 hour and the Saturday workshops are 2 hours.

However, an important element of Latin American partner dancing is the freestyle (social dancing), which is an opportunity for you to dance with people outside of your class and of different levels and abilities.

The freestyle is also a wonderful opportunity to be sociable and make new friends and cement existing ones, as well as putting into practice your moves.

What age do I have to be?

Any age - all ages are welcome. Our adult students tend to range between 20-55 years of age, but we have students younger and older than this. The only requirement is a love of dance and the ability to have fun and socialise with like minded people.

What do I wear?

For general classes we recommend clothing that you feel comfortable moving in, bearing in mind it gets hot out there on the dance floor, so avoid heavy and restrictive clothing. Ladies should also bear in mid that they wear tops they are happy will continue to cover them adequately when lifting your arms. With this in mind come to classes in clean clothes having showered, make sure you use an effective anti-perspirant.

For a freestyle or dance event there is generally no dress code, however this is an opportunity to dress up and look the part if you wish. Ladies may wish to wear a dress or clothing with a lot of movement to accentuate and compliment their moves on the dance floor.

Most important are your shoes, they need to have a smooth sole and support your heel, training shoes or any rubber-soled shoes are not a good idea, neither are flip flops or mules for the ladies. A small heel would also help the ladies with their body movement and generally feeling the part. Latin/Ballroom dance shoes are best, but not essential, however if you enjoy the dancing and come on a regular basis proper dance shoes are a good investment.

Do I need to bring a partner?

NO. We do teach a variety of partner dance styles, but you do not have to bring your own partner as we rotate people in the class.

Rotating partners has the added benefit of allowing you to get to know the other members of your class and experience dancing with different people in a class environment.

As rotating partners is normal practice for our classes and workshops if you come with a partner and would prefer to dance only with them you will need to let the teacher know so that they don't ask you to rotate partners.

Dancing with different people does also help improve your general dance ability.

How long will it take me to learn?

How long is a piece of string? Each individual has a different learning rate, some people pick things up quickly others take a bit longer.

Learning to dance is not a race, we move people up a level when they feel confident and comfortable enough to do so. What we will say is practice makes perfect, you will only get something out of it if you put the effort in.

When should I move up to the next level?

When you feel confident enough that you can move up to the intermediate class you should speak to Melanie or one of the coaching team to see if they feel you will be ready to cope with the higher level.

The Intermediate and Advanced classes are not progressive classes and will teach a different routine every two weeks. However, you will repeat moves in the routines and the basic footwork and moves will remain the same, but you will learn new moves, new leads and how to pull together different moves into a routine.

What style of Salsa do you teach?

We primarily teach the Cuban style Salsa on 1, which is much less common, with most classes teaching New York or LA style. Cuban style Salsa has a lot more movement and is rotational in style as opposed to the more linear forms of New York and LA. Salsa can be taught to start on either count 1 or count 2, Keen Dance teaches on count 1.

You will also find that teaching styles and leads vary from class to class, as every teacher will have their own preferred methods for leading and teaching the moves. However, it is important to note that the fundamental basics of Salsa mean that you should be able to dance with anyone who has danced Salsa before.

Should I attend other Salsa classes and events?

We encourage our students to take classes from other teachers to progress in their dancing, but feel they may want to take the following information into consideration:

There are many dance teachers now operating all over the country. You should be aware that Latin American dance is not a 'regulated' profession. Anyone can set themselves up as a teacher, so we recommend that when you attend any class you ask yourself the following questions:

- Is the teacher qualified by a professional body?
- What teaching experience does the teacher have?
- What dancing experience does the teacher have?
- Who did the teacher learn from / influences?
- What continuing professional development is the teacher undertaking?
- Is what is being taught being well explained and broken down?
- Can the teacher answer any questions you may have?
- Is there any structure to what you are being taught?
- How much music do they have and what can they tell you about it?
- Are they insured?

Do you only run weekly classes?

Weekly classes are run on Wednesday and Thursday nights, We also hold regular Keen Dance events, such as Saturday morning beginner dance workshops in a variety of different Latin American Dance Styles and the Sunday evening Latin American dance evenings, which are monthly freestyle events with a few classes followed by a night of freestyle. We also run absolute beginners courses at Parkwood Health & Fitness on a Tuesday night and Wednesday morning and a Street dance course at Fiver Rivers on Thursday lunchtimes.

Keen Dance also puts on an annual dance production, with both children and adults, works with local events such as the Salisbury Mayor's Appeal, Larmer Tree Festival and the Salisbury International Arts Festival. Keen Dance is also available to do 121 tuition, parties and private functions.

We also encourage students to join us at other Latin American dance events, from other promoter's dance evenings, to the special dance weekenders such as the Salsa UK International Congress and Pontins weekenders.

In addition to the dance classes and events Keen Dance also provides the following services:

- One to One Private Tuition
- Private Parties & Functions
- Dance Weekends
- Dance Holidays

If you are interested in finding out more about any of these services drop us an email at info@keendance.co.uk and we'll get back to you with the information you require.

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