Where Are You Located?
We are located in West Oakland by Jack London Square. Our address is 130 Linden St, Oakalnd, CA, 94607. We rent a private lesson room inside of Trilliant Studios. We are easily accessible by car from both 880 and 980 highways. If you take public transportation, we are near the the West Oakland BART stop.
How Do I Get in the Studio?
When arriving for the first time, please go up the big stone steps to the glass doors labeled "124-130" overhead. Firmly enter the door code provided to you by the instructor into the key pad on the right so the light turns green. If the door doesn't open, please ring the doorbell and someone will come open it for you.
Is There Parking Available?
Yes, there is free street parking available in front and around the studio. Occasionally, there may be street cleaning so please read the signs carefully to avoid any problems.
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 exisiting 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?
We require 24-hours notice in order to cancel a scheduled lesson. No-shows and failures to appear are counted the same as a cancellation. The cancellation fee is the price of one 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 1-hour and 2-hour 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.
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.
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.
Where Should I Go Dancing/Practice if I'm a Beginner?
For beginners, we recommend Allegro Ballroom (Sun-Emeryville), or Neck of the Woods (Mon-SF).
Where Can I Go for Live Salsa Music?
If you're looking for something with live music, check out Cigar Bar (Fri & Sat- SF), Bar Fluxus (Tues-SF), Space 550 (Fri-SF). There is also occasional live salsa music at Blondies (Wed-SF).
Where Can I Go if I Want to Drink/Party?
Cigar Bar (Fri & Sat-SF), Vinnie's Bar and Grill (Thu-Concord), Alberto's Nightclub (Thu & Fri- Mountain View), Vinyl Room (Thu-Burlingame), Pura (Sat-SF), Playland (Sun-SF).
Where Can I go to Dance Outside?
The Ramp (Sat-SF), Salsa by the Sea (Sun-Santa Cruz), Salsa by the Lake (Occasional Sun-Lake Merritt). During the summer there are many outdoor dance events and festivals taking place. Check SalsabytheBay.com or look on Facebook for events.
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