Re: [salsa-292] SAVE THE DATES IN SEPT / OCT / NOV -- (if interested in learning to salsa dance)

From: Emily
Sent on: Sunday, July 26, 2009 10:02 PM
Yeah, I would agree with Pablo. The pace IS slower.  For some, that will be a negative but for others, I would imagine a positive.  Just depends on your level.  I know some basic ballroom dances through a few classes I took back in January when I was wanting to figure out which dance style I liked best (ballroom cha-cha, swing, foxtrot, ballroom tango, waltz, etc.).  David teaches many different dances at different times during the year.  If you already know the basics of any given dance, I would skip the beginner classes and start on the intermediate and/or advanced level and I think you'd be just fine. For me, the beginner classes DO seem to go a bit slow.  However, if you truly have two left feet and want to learn salsa, then this would be a great venue, because you WILL learn the basic moves through it and gain some confidence (which is what a lot of us need in the beginning, I know first-hand).   David is a great instructor that can teach the dances to even those with very little coordination.  And yeah, at the end, the open dancing will have all types of music.  If you know other dances, it's fun to switch it up at times, but if you don't, you might just be sitting around waiting for a latin song to come on, so take that into consideration.     Anyways, just another option for everyone....  I'll probably be going to Intermediate and Advanced just to get the practice time at a minimum.  Hope to see some of you there. Thanks for your comments, Pablo!! 


From: Pablo <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sunday, July 26,[masked]:37:05 PM
Subject: RE: [salsa-292] SAVE THE DATES IN SEPT / OCT / NOV -- (if interested in learning to salsa dance)

I took a couple of lessons with David last year. He teaches a fixed set of moves starting at the basic level and continuing (the same set) thru the intermediate and advanced level. If you skip one of the levels it might a while (depending on your learning skills) to catch up since it's assumed that you know the previous moves and turns already. His pace his slow compared with the average salsa classes, but his instructions are very clear and thorough. I recommend his classes for people that are just starting of have difficulties learning moves and turns in your regular dance lesson. At the end of the lesson, he opens the dance floor playing all music genres (swing, foxtrot, disco, etc.). When I participated, he would play a salsa every 15 minutes or so.
 
I hope this helps,
 
Pablo

From: [address removed]
Subject: [salsa-292] SAVE THE DATES IN SEPT / OCT / NOV -- (if interested in learning to salsa dance)
To: [address removed]
Date: Sun, 26 Jul[masked]:51:08 -0400

Note: I (Emily Sandidge) am not affiliated with any of the classes or organization below. I am just letting everyone know of this option, so that we can get more people in our salsa meetup group actively participating in the events that our great organizers put on for all of us!! There seems to be a lot of new members asking where to learn.  There are already some GREAT options out there (Funtopia, BB Kings, Ibiza, Gaston's classes), but I wanted to provide you with another option. Hope it helps! 

BEGINNER SALSA on Monday Nights ---- Sept 14, 21, 28 & Oct 5. 
Doors open at 7pm with lesson from 7:30 ��� 8:30pm. Open dancing until 11pm. 
Brentwood Skate Center (401 Wilson Pike Circle)

INTERMEDATE SALSA on Tuesday Nights ---- Oct 13, 20, 27 & Nov 3 
Salsa Lesson 7:30 ��� 8:30pm @ Trevecca

ADVANCED SALSA on Tuesday Nights --- Nov 10, 17, 24 & Dec 1 
Salsa Lesson 8:45 ��� 9:45 pm @ Trevecca 

3-HOUR ADVANCED SALSA WORKSHOP --- Friday, Dec 4. 7:30 ��� 10:30pm. Treveca

HOW THE SESSIONS WORK:
Beginner Salsa Class taught at Brentwood Skate Center on Monday nights, starting in September. There are usually anywhere from 150 ��� 200+ attendees at these classes, but the instructor keeps the class highly organized and efficient. Each level���s class is taught in 4-week cycles. At the end of a 4-week Beginner Class, the Intermediate Salsa Class begins on Tuesdays of the following month at Treveca University. At the end of the Intermediate cycle, theAdvanced Salsa Class begins and is taught on Tuesdays of the following (3rd) month at Treveca. This will take you through 3 full months of salsa classes / dancing. At the end of the three-months, a 3-hour advanced salsa workshop will be held on Friday, December 4. 

COST: $5 per class for NSDC members or $7 for non-NSDC members. (If interested in becoming a member, you must fill out an NSDC membership application and pay $35 yearly dues. However, being a member is NOT a requirement to come to these classes!) 

Note: If you miss the first class or any class in the cycle, don't feel like you cannot attend the next class. During each class, you will revisit the steps taught in the previous classes. Dance Classes are taught in a group format, which means you will rotate dance partners periodically throughout the class. This technique helps you learn to lead and follow better, as well as introducing you to the other people in the class. It also means you do not need to bring a dance partner. If you have a dance partner and do not want to switch partners, that is allowed as well.

Instructor: David Wallace. He is well versed in partnership dances, having been trained professionally with Fred Astaire Studios in Atlanta GA. David has been dancing and teaching for 20 years. His background as a professional Disc Jockey allows him to provide great music variety at all of NSDC functions. David teaches a variety of dances throughout the year in these 4 week cycles, but I just wanted everyone to know about the upcoming 3-month salsa sessions, since it can benefit our meetup group.






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