Can I have a copy of your lesson policy?
Yes! A complete copy of our private lesson policy is available for you to download as a PDF at the bottom of this page.
Where are you located?
We have two locations in Oakland. One is in West Oakland inside of Trilliant Studios, the other is in a private yoga/dance studio in a residential area in Oakland Hills. Please view our "Locations" page for more information and addresses.
What Should I Wear for Dance Lessons? Do I Need Dance Shoes or Special Clothes?
Regular clothes are fine, you don't need to dress up or wear a costume. You'll be moving around a lot, so dress in layers. This way you can stay comfortable as you warm up and cool down during your lesson. Avoid wearing anything heavy or warm. For your first few lessons, you can wear regular street shoes or dress shoes that you have. Over time as your dancing progresses, you may want to invest in proper dance shoes.
Can I Make My Own/Convert Shoes I Already Own into Dance Shoes?
If you want to convert a pair of existing shoes you have into dance shoes, you can buy suede sheets online to stick onto the bottom of your shoes. These suede bottoms give you the right amount of traction so you can spin around freely without sticking to the floor.
What Is Your Cancellation Policy?
Lesson appointments are considered final. A lesson may be cancelled and/or rescheduled for another day and/or time at no charge, as long as it is done at least 48-hours in advance. If a student wishes to cancel and/or reschedule the same lesson a second time, then there will be a $25 administrative fee each time they cancel and/or reschedule that same lesson. If a student cancels and/or reschedules a lesson less than 48 hours in advance, or fails to appear for a lesson then they will be charged for the full lesson.
How Often Do I Need to Do Lessons?
Ideally, you should do at least 1 dance lesson per week. If you want to learn faster, we recommend doing 2 or more lessons per week. We offer both 50-minute and 100 minute (1 hour & 40 min) sessions and will work to fit your schedule.
Can You Come to Me and Do Lessons in my Home? I'm a Busy Person/ Don't Have Time/ Don't Have a Car/ Don't Want to Travel, etc.
Yes, we can do private dance lessons in your home if you live in the Bay Area. We ask that you have a minimum 4' x 6' space, free of any obstructions, with a clean and smooth floor (no carpeting) in order to conduct in-home lessons. A travel fee and/or lesson minimum may apply depending on your location and lesson duration. A liability release and inspection of the proposed dance area will need to be completed prior to conducting any lessons outside of the studio.
Here is a video of students doing an in-home lesson, here in the Bay Area:
Do I Need to Practice?
Yes! Ideally, you want to put in about 4-6 hours per week of dancing between the time you spend in private lessons, group classes, social dancing, and personal practice at home. This may seem like a lot, but it's really not. For example, if you take 1 private lesson per week, you can attend 1 group class, and go out dancing socially one night for 2 hours. Most salsa clubs offer a group class at the beginning of the evening, so you can attend the class and then stay for the dancing afterwards. Outside practice is not a requirement to take lessons, but students who commit to regular dancing and practice learn up to 2-3x faster compared to students who don't.
Do You Have Music, Playlists, or Songs I Can Listen To?
Yes! I have a variety of playlists on my YouTube Channel for you to listen to here.
You can also listen to "Salsa Radio" on Pandora by following the link here: https://www.pandora.com/station/456567620863368822
Where Can I Go Salsa Dancing/Practice?
There are lots of great venues for salsa and Latin dancing, with events happening every night of the week, all of the Bay Area. We recommend checking out SalsabytheBay.com for an extensive list of current events. You can also search on Facebook for salsa dancing events.
Can the Instructor Come as my Partner to a Salsa Club/Dance Event?
Yes, this service is available for students who wish to practice their dancing outside of the studio. Because the instructor will be offering instruction and undivided attention to the student, and not dancing with anyone else during that time, it will be counted as 1 private lesson for each hour the instructor is there and charged as such. The student will also be responsible for paying the instructor's admission fee/cover charge to attend the event.
Can I Dance Salsa to Other Songs?
Yes! You can dance salsa to a variety of non-salsa songs, such as Latin pop or Reggaeton. It's all a matter of hearing the beat and adjusting your tempo a little bit and moving your body with the music.
Check out this great freestyle salsa demo video here! https://youtu.be/iO1-D26N5ag
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