Class Offerings and Curriculum
We are happy to offer a variety of classes to meet your needs. We offer 4 Levels of Salsa as well as specialty classes such as Spinning and Ladies' Styling. We are currently running a comprehensive Bachata Program. We also offer in rotation based upon our students desires Cha-Cha-Cha, Casino de Rueda, Merengue, Body Isolation and Musicality classes and workshops. Our class season runs from September to July given in 6 week sessions. You are able to sign up for 6 weeks of classes for the price of 5 classes in all categories. Drop ins are also permitted at the time of class. We have structured classes so that we are continuously moving forward, regardless of which class level you are taking. Our curriculum is designed such that students spend at least 2 sessions in Level 1 and often 3-4 sessions in Level 2. Students spend 1-2 years in Levels 3 and 4. You will always graduate from a session and the numbers are not so important as your forward momentum and progress.
SALSA LEVEL 1
This is the introduction to salsa dancing. Salsa has been a popular social dance since the mid-1970s. The use of the term for the dance started in New York. It evolved from earlier Cuban dance forms such as Son, Son Montuno, Cha Cha Cha and Mambo which were popular in the Caribbean, Latin America and the Latino communities in New York since the 1940s. Salsa, like most music genres has gone through a lot of variation through the years and incorporated elements of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean dances such as Guaguanco and Pachanga. This is one of the most important classes for your study. We will learn a specific vocabulary of dance communication between partners and the basic individual footwork required to move forward with salsa dancing. It’s recommended to every salsa dancer without an exception.
Partnering: basic step, right turn, hesitation left, open connection, cross body lead, inside turn, outside turn
Footwork: basic, side step, crossed side step, right turn, hesitation left, double cross, quarter beat steps, triplets
Please Note: Level 1 and Level 1 part 2 Classes are always available free of charge to any student signed up for higher level salsa classes in both Portsmouth and Newburyport.
SALSA LEVEL 2
Level 2 represents a continuation of your study with salsa dancing. We will continue develop all the fundamentals and expand our dance vocabulary by adding additional pieces into the existing movements. Refreshing the Level 2 class will help you to improve challenges that you are facing with more complex patterns and refine your timing and basic techniques.
Partnering: closed connection for cross body lead, right turn and inside turn, creating resistance, around the world, transitions from open to closed connection.
Footwork: flare, reversed flare, suzi q, grape vine
SALSA LEVEL 3
Level 3 class will focus on the details of symmetry, spotting, spatial awareness, creating healthy resistance and developing your frame. Level 3 represents working on more challenging and technical aspects of the resistance moves in Salsa. We will learn many variations of Copas and Snap Backs as well as expanding moves from Level 2.
Partnering: seamless transition of closed and open connection, copa, snap back introduction, exploration of level 2 skills with varying connections and hand holds
Footwork: suzi q continuous, half of the grape vine, slide up, slide up with toe
SALSA LEVEL 4
Our Level 4 class will give you more awareness of your body and the dance. We will explore variations of movements you are already familiar with and build upon them. We will help you to develop timing, fluidity and connection with your partner. We will address symmetry and integration of your steps into a beautiful dance. You will be express your creativity through the movements of the dance. Our focus will be on touch, precision, location, symmetry, spotting with whisper and deeply connecting to the dance, your heart and your partner.
Partnering: copa, snap back, back to back, body isolation, opening for solo dance, copa and snap back variations, tosa, flicks, waist wraps, rumba body isolation, windmills
Footwork: suzi q plus, box step, round step, snap back, copa, spiral suzi q, reversed grape vine, mambo step
SALSA TRAINING GROUP
Training group requires pre-requisite of Level 1 - Level 4. This class has been developed for dancers who want to move far beyond the technique and into the passion of dancing. We will address the relationships of dance, primarily the relationship of YOU and YOU and how to translate this into partnering in the most beautiful, vulnerable way - the feeling of 2. We will explore musicality and our opportunity to become an extension of the musicians' creation. We will also challenge our footwork and partnering skills by further developing the complexity of solos and adding dips and tricks. The training group may choose as a group to perform on occasion.
CHA CHA CHA
Our Cha Cha Cha class is available to Advanced Salsa Dancers. This is a great class to learn the fundamentals in expanding your Salsa repertoire from On 1 to On 2. The Cha Cha Cha is a dance of Cuban origin. It is danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin in the early 1950s. This rhythm was developed from the danzón-mambo. The name of the dance is an onomatopoeia derived from the shuffling sound of the dancers' feet.
Bachata is a romantic latin dance with origins from the Dominican Republic. In this Bachata series we will cover the fundamentals and responsibilities of the dance that you can apply in social settings. You will gain a clear understanding and become inspired by this intimate dance.
RUEDA DE CASINO
Rueda De Casino is a dance of Cuban origin from the 1950's. Pairs of dancers form a circle, with dance moves called out by one person. Most moves involve the swapping of partners, where the partners move around the circle to the next partner. The combination of elaborate dance combinations and constant movement of partners create a visually spectacular effect.
Most music historians agree that the Cuba Son is the backbone for modern salsa and was probably the most popular dance music genre to emerge from Cuba during the early 20th century. Son embraces the close connection of the man and woman. The couple maintains a very upright frame, with quick flirtatious side to side movements of the shoulders, torso and hips accenting the underlying six count rhythm of the feet - 2, 3, 4 and 6, 7, 8. Son is a beautiful and unique dance.
ADVANCED LADIES' STYLING
Our Ladies' Styling class is geared toward our Advanced Salsa Dancers who desire to express their femininity and creativity with styling movements using their upper body, lower body and body isolations. A strong foundation is absolutely necessary for this class.
BODY ISOLATION & SPINNING CLASS
This class is designed to emphasize the connection with your core and your posture. Our attention will be on warming the core with body isolation drills and exercises, performing spinning drills, building of the foundation, control of each rotation, neck isolation, and balance. Spending time with these routine drills will lead to tremendous improvement in your awareness and control of each spin. This class is recommended to anyone who wants to improve their spinning technique and comfort with spinning solo and in partnering situations.
One on one classes will give you a chance to work on your own individual needs. You will have the full attention of your instructor and feel comfortable working on the elements that you desire to improve most at the pace that is just right for you. Privates are available to new students just learning salsa and advanced students. Private rates are $120/hour.
During these classes, couples have the opportunity to spend time with each other developing their technique, bonding with each other, communicating, and experiencing joy through dance. This class option provides an opportunity for couples to express themselves creatively together. Couples at any level are welcome to take private sessions. Couple private rates are $120/hour.
We are pleased to offer Wedding Choreography and Lessons. We are happy to spend time creating a dance for you, teaching you via private lessons and adapting music to your needs. Wedding choreography and lessons generally require a minimum commitment of 5 lessons. Your package includes your unique wedding choreography and the specific cut and tempo of your wedding song that your band or dj can easily play via their sound system. Our Wedding Choreography package starts at $850.
PRIVATE WORKSHOPS FOR YOUR GROUP or ORGANIZATION
Salsa Secrets, LLC is happy to offer private workshops for your group or organization. We can accommodate groups of 40 students at our studio and worked with groups up to 60 in school gymnasiums. We are versed in working with young adults and adults of any age. We have previously worked with the Dover (NH) Unified High School Program, Friends Forever, Life and Hope Haiti and Salsa in the Park (Boston). Additionally, we are pleased to offer large group instruction for parties and events. Our rate for parties and events begins at $175/hour plus travel and /or studio rental fees.
Our social dance will give you a chance to express your dance moves. This is the perfect venue for those who want to build strength toward fundamental footwork, flow, connection and even neck/body isolation.
Socials are held the first Saturday of each month with an intermediate dance class. The class starts at 7:30pm, social dance follows until 11pm. Snacks and refreshments are provided. The rate is $20 per person.