Salsa Dance Questions

Do I need to bring a partner?

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Written by Alan Chiu Tsang
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I want to attend salsa classes, but I don’t know anyone who wants to join me. Is this a problem?

You don’t need to bring a dance partner to learn to dance salsa. Salsa has a great social element where generally the majority of dancers come without partners. It’s actually unusual if a couple come to a class or event, only to dance with each other.

Classes

During classes you typically exchange partners throughout the class. At the start you pair up, the teacher will show part of the routine you’re going to learn during that class. You practice it with your partner, then the teacher will “rotate” and either the men or women move on to the next dancer. Depending on the class size you can usually expect to dance with everyone there at least once during the class. This of course is a great ice breaker if you don’t know anyone there, and you become more comfortable with asking those people to dance after the class.

Freestyle

If you attend a salsa event where everyone are dancing freestyle, or following a class, you can expect to be asked to dance by anyone there, which is especially great for beginners as it provides plenty of chances to practice what you’ve learnt and keeps you from falling into bad habits that you would otherwise not notice with just one partner. There is generally an un-written rule between salsa dancers that you don’t refuse a request to dance, no matter what level that person is at.

Where are the men?

A common occurrence at salsa classes and events is an abundance of women verses men. For some reason women are typically more interested in dancing than men. For the men out there that do decide to dance, it means you are often in high demand. The women among you need not worry though, even if there are more of you attending a class, the teacher should rotate partners often enough that you won’t sit out for long and shouldn’t miss any of the routine.

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Alan Chiu Tsang

Alan is a freelancer photographer and author for FutureHandling.com. He also contributes to several other websites, including Magario and Magario's business partners.

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