Live to Dance EU presents:
Belfast Salsa School
All Belfast Salsa School classes are structured by level.
We have 4 Beginners levels, 4 Improvers levels, 6 Intermediate levels and Advanced Masterclasses.
The majority of Salsa classes in Belfast are taught On1, LA Style.
However, Adele also teaches Salsa On2 Puerto Rican Style, Classic or Palladium Style and Cha Cha classes, all part of the Salsa family of dances. We will always advertise which styles the classes will be taught in.
Our Salsa classes are run as short courses in Belfast for all levels. You will need to book in for 6 to 8 weeks as a block or 'half term'. This way we are working with the same group for a number of weeks and this make the learning process easier than with drop in classes where you have to keep going back to the beginning every time someone new joins the class.
Salsa On1 - LA Style
We teach LA Style Salsa On1. Made famous by the likes of Johnny Vasquez & Fernando Sosa.
Salsa On2 - Puerto Rican Style
We teach Salsa On2 , Puerto Rican style. We also demonstrate the difference between dancing On2 New York Style & On2 Puerto Rican Style. We allow students to choose whether to dance traditional Puerto Rican (with the man breaking forward on2 or the more common, modern day version with the man breaking back on2 which is in line with New York style and makes transitioning between the two styles easier).
Club Style Cha-Cha
This is the freestyle / street style of Cha Cha which was developed from Salsa in the 1950s by the Cuban charanga violinist, composer and music director, Enrique Jorrin. It differs greatly from Ballroom Cha Cha and we explain the differences to you.
Our Salsa classes are 'social' dance classes. Which means we switch partners regularly throughout the class. Even if you attend with a friend or partner you will switch with other students. This helps Leaders and Followers to learn faster by understanding how to Lead or Follow with other people and creates a richer learning experience. If you are not comfortable with switching partners then we would recommend a non social dance class such as a 'partners only' ballroom dance class.
Salsa Classes Belfast From November 2019
We have just started Autumn Term 2 on w/c 4th November 2019, the Improvers & Intermediate levels are full, but we still have space in Beginners Level 2 - if you join by Thursday 14th November at the latest.
Classes are taught in at our dance studio in Belfast at the Vault Studios (Formerly the Metropolitan College and previously the Rupert Stanley college).
We have a progressive learning plan for each class, which means that at the end of each 1/2 term you should be able to move up into the next level with ease.
To Book you need to pay for the whole course (in blocks of 6, 7 or 8 weeks depending on the 1/2 Term length)
Our next term is the Winter term, starting after Christmas break on w/c Monday 6th January 2020. Classes are available to book online.
Salsa Classes Belfast From January 2020
Our next Term is the Winter Term which is 6 Weeks from W/C Monday 6th January 2020.
Classes for the Winter Term are as follows:
Mondays 7.15pm to 8.15pm
LA Style Beginners Level 1
Mondays 8.30pm to 10pm
LA Style Intermediate Level 3 (By Application only)
Wednesday 8.15pm to 10pm
LA Style Intermediate Level 1 & 2 Review
Thursday 7pm to 8pm
LA Style Beginners Level 3
Thursday 8.15pm to 9.45pm
LA Style Improvers Level 1 & 2 Review
Salsa Dance Practice Sessions in Belfast
Already dancing Salsa?
Our monthly Salsa practice session is held the 1st Friday of the month in Belfast. It's completely FREE.
We're at The Vault Studios, Tower Street, BT5 4FH from 7pm to 10pm on the dates listed below.
Just Salsa, just practice (no lessons).
It's Completely FREE of charge but we do recommend booking and reserving your place online through our Class schedule as we limit the practice session to 40 people to prevent overcrowding.
Practice session dates as follows:
Fri 13th December 2019
Fri 24th January 2020
Friday 27th March 2020
Friday 22nd May 2020
Salsa Blast Workshop Series
Following the success of our Salsa Blast 1 Day Bootcamps we have created a series of 90 minute Salsa-based workshops in Belfast to cover the following:
Salsa Body Movement
Learn all about Salsa body movement. Work on your body isolations, learn how & when to use each part of your body and make your Salsa basics flow with ease & style
Salsa Musicality & dancing with feeling
Learn to dance with feeling, accentuate your moves according to how the music is moving you.. fast, slow, with the piano, the tumbao rhythm, with the “Bolero” or “Son” melody to the Salsa or the slower beats of Mambo or with Cha Cha Cha. Demonstrating musicality is showing how you match the form and movement to the rhythm, mood and melody of the music, which is expressed in different ways.
Salsa Timing (on1 on2 and cha cha)... on time, every time
Struggling with timing? Finding it hard to find or keep the beat. Does Cha-Cha timing confuse you? We'll show you tried and tested methods for finding & keeping any beat with any music.
Balance, Posture and Positioning
Do you wobble when turning? Are you straying off the line? Do you or your partner end up holding each other up whilst dancing? Establishing your core correcting your posture and keeping the correct position on or off the line takes time & practice. We'll give you an armoury of exercises that you can repeat in your own practice time to strengthen the key muscles required for executing your Salsa moves
Turning, Spinning & Spotting
Learning how to execute basic single turns with precision and good technique are the key to future multiple turns and spins. If you're struggling to execute double turns or triple spins with ease then you need to review your technique. This applies for both Leader and Follower as we will work on our own and in partnership to make sure the Lead is being executed correctly as well.
Supercharge your Salsa shines with our Salsa Footwork Workshop. Brush up on your SuzyQs, Bow Ties, LA Shuffles and much more... are you ready for the challenge?
Need confidence when dancing on your own? Want to add more flavour & attitude into your dancing?Not sure what to do with your arms, legs, shoulders or hips when dancing on your own. We offer both Ladies & Men's styling workshops to cover all of this. Build your confidence through Solo dance.
Recently, “styling” has taken on a more inclusive definition that is neither feminine nor masculine and can range from body and head movements; arm, leg and foot gesturing; and varied timing.
Styling classes are offered for men as well and borrow aspects from other dance genres, such as hip-hop, funk, jazz, soul, tap, contemporary, Afro-latin funk & flamenco.
Do I need to learn a specific “Styling”? Styling is the freedom of each dancer to create their own personal style. To be able to express your own style, we believe that it is part of an exciting journey that each dancer experiences: Watching, Learning, Executing, Improvising and Creating.
It means that you need first to learn and understand different styles, learn how to execute them properly and then make them home in your body to express your own personality and style.
Styling in Partnerwork
Do you know the difference between functional and flamboyant styling? Are you unsure where you should be putting your arms and feet to add styling in your partnerwork? Then this workshop will help you find out when styling is appropriate, when it is required and when it is optional and also help you to avoid over-styling
Leading & Following
Designed to focus on recognising the signs of the lead and understanding the response. We will be paying attention to the 'rules' of Salsa dance:
- body position in relation to your partner
- position of both Leader & Follower in relation to the line of dance
- Top, middle and bottom height leads
- Hand positions as they indicate particular responses required by the follower
... and much, much more!!!
We'll try to help you: Never 'miss' a lead again, never feel like you are pulling your partner or being pulled by your partner, never 'loose' your frame or your connection with your partner, figure out what size step you need to take and so on.
Once you master these concepts then the Leading & Following of more complicated turn patterns is possible.
On1 to On2 Conversion
Have you learned to dance Salsa On1? Have you been to Congresses and seen many people dancing on a different beat? Maybe they were dancing On2. A number of On1 dancers find it challenging to start dancing On2 without a little help.
This workshop is designed to help you understand the differences between the different styles of On2 (New York, Puerto Rican & Classic / Palladium style).
We will teach you to step in different directions with each beat. Leaders will be able to initiate dancing in whichever style they choose (either through their own choice or because the music tells your feet which style is most appropriate at that moment).
You will be able to attend On2 classes at Congresses & Festivals and weekly classes in Dublin more easily if you have a good grounding in all the rhythms.