This salsa class is a great one for people considering getting into salsa dancing. It's presented very accessibly, but still quite technical and challenging at points.
The instructor was friendly and clear, patiently explaining the steps to us and repeating them until we got it. We covered three basic steps, the position to hold each other in and a couple of turns – quite a lot of content for an hour’s class.
We swapped parners often, which was really nice – some of the men I danced with were significantly better than me and patiently corrected my form. Others were more on my level and we could have a laugh together about how we kept messing up the turns. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming, and it was nice to meet so many new people. There was a 50/50 split of the numbers of men and women, which I found a little surprising – classes I’ve been to like this in the past have always been very female dominated.
There’s an intermediate class straight after this one, and we were encouraged to stay on if we felt like it. Progression felt like it might be quite quick – one of the men there I danced with said he had been coming to the beginners class for about 3-4 week, and he felt ready to move up. It’s nice to have such an in depth class that is also a drop in – most salsa classes I’ve looked at seem to only come in six week blocks. The class difficultly level felt about right – it’s a little bit complicated, but not offensively hard.
If you’re looking for a gym-style workout, this class isn’t for you – it’s nice light exercise, but if your aim is major toning, try zumba instead. This is much more about actually learning to dance than getting some cardio in.
This class was fun, and comprehensive. I feel like I’ve properly learnt more about salsa, and I’d have a go in a club now – at least for one dance.