We propose dance classes for absolute beginners in the following styles:
- samba de gafieira
- ladies' styling (solo)
1. STARTING THE CLASSES
You can always attend the first class of a series for absolute beginners (we call this 'beginners 1') as a free try out class.
You'll find the list with all details by clicking on the 'Schedule' image on this website. If you want to attend a certain series we ask you to enrol online by clicking on the 'Go!' next to the classes you're interested in.
Even if you just want to try out a certain style, we will ask you to enrol online beforehand. Free try out classes are only possible on the first class of a series.
Payments can be done at the end of the first or at the start of the second class. You'll pay 75 euro for a series of ten classes (70 euro if you are a bachelor or master student or if you are younger than 18).
2. NOT A BEGINNER BUT NEW AT LEUVENSALSA!
If you are not a beginner, you can try out a class for free. This way you and the teachers will see in which level you should take classes. There are six levels in salsa (beginners 1 & 2, improvers, intermediate 1&2, advanced), three in bachata (beginners 1&2, improvers), two in tango and samba (beginners 1&2).
3. THE CLASSES THEMSELVES
Our classes are clearly structured and our teachers will always help you out with a smile. The classes start with a short warming up and then starts the 'partnerwork' part. Sometimes we will also work on certain techniques in solo. We leave enough time in the classes for practising and repeating the material.
-> You do not need to enrol with a dance partner in our school, we will take care of finding dance partners for everyone. Our system is simple: if necessary we will invite people from other class groups, who will then have an extra class for free.
You can tape the material of the classes on camera but you will also find the video's with the material inside the Facebook group we have made for each style and each level. These groups are for our students only.
4. SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What happens if you miss a class?
You can recuperate a missed class on another day of the week. You simply need to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org which class you would like to attend. The only condition is that you recuperate the missed class(es) in the period of ten weeks of 'your' group.
- How long does it take to be able to go out and use what you've learned?
The thing is it would be best for everyone to go out as soon as possible. The reason why people often don't do that is simply (understandable) shyness. Try to overcome this shyness and get on the dance floor ;-)! This is also one of the reasons why we organize the practise evenings: to help the beginners to make the step towards the 'real' parties.
- Where can I find music to practise on?
In public mediatheques you'll find lots of salsa (or chacha, often better to practise as it is slower), in music shops you'll find compilations etc. Ask your teacher if he can advice you some music or names of artists.
- Do you need to have a sense of rhythm and a sportive body and shape in order to dance?
Not really. These are things we'll work on. Dancing helps for many things, both physical and mental. It will also make your sense of rhythm better, it can make you feel better physically (dancing salsa for instance is for sure a physical exercise!
- What is 'Ladies' styling & technique?
These are classes meant for ladies only. It will help you to make quicker progress when you'll dance salsa in couple. We will focus both on styling and technique specific for the ladies.
6. Can I also attend more than one class a week?
Yes of course you can. You can enrol for more than one series a week, some people attend three, four or more classes a week! You will get a discount if you enrol for two courses or more simultaneously.
What you can also do is wait for the 'updates extra leaders/extra followers'. These are messages that I will send out to let everyone know how many men (=leaders) or women (=followers) we need in this or that class. People who become extra leader or follower in a certain group don't pay anything extra!
There are discounts if you enrol for two or more courses starting inside a period of two months. Check out the prices for these combined courses: click.
The LeuvenSalsa! newsletter is interesting if you want to know all about upcoming events organised by LeuvenSalsa! Latin Dance School.
If you want to receive our newsletter you can enrol on the homepage of this website. You'll receive a newsletter about every month (sometimes less, sometimes more).
2. The website
What will you find more on this website?
- info on upcoming classes, on our monthly parties, on the boot camps
- background info on salsa technique, cultural background, musical tips etc
- video's and pics
- info on the salsa holidays we organize in Tuscany in summertime
- a blog with general comments
- info on the Leuven Salsa Festival
- and much much more!
3. We use a lot also Facebook to communicate about all of this. Here is the address of our general 'LeuvenSalsa! group' on Facebook: click.