Welcome to 2017 and a new year of dance! Thanks to everyone who supported Salsaholics Anonymous through 2016, and the transition in the class lead. The feedback we’ve receive on our new Foundations and Repertoire format has been very encouraging. We’re planning to continue to work on great, danceable fundamentals in the 7:00 p.m. hour of the class, followed by more skills-challenging techniques and choreography in the 8:00 p.m. hour. Remember that if you are capable of joining the more advanced Repertoire class, you’re invited to attend the Foundations class at no extra charge.
Why come to the “beginner” class if I can dance at an “intermediate” or “advanced” level? First, notice the scare-quotes around each of those level designations. All of these are relative – relative to the class, relative to the instructor, and even relative to an individual partner for a particular song. I consider myself to be a pretty decent dancer, but relative to some of the amazing dance professionals in the world? I’m a complete novice! In fact, one of the reasons I love to teach dance is that it forces me to concentrate on and practice my own foundation moves. That, in turn, helps to improve my technique and skill for the more complicated, interesting, and fun ways to interpret the music.
That’s why I encourage all Salsaholics students, irrespective of level, to join the Foundation class: By improving the details of your technique, and learning some cool choreography while doing so, you get a head-start on the Repertoire class and become a more skilled follower or leader at the same time. Even though the Foundation class is where beginners begin, it’s also where more advanced dancers become even more advanced. And, if you have a friend who has always wanted to learn to dance but is a little shy, perhaps, bring them with you to the Foundation class. You’ll both benefit and both be able to learn at your respective levels.
We’re also going to be adding some more opportunities to practice your skills “out in the wild.” The details of our first class outing of the year are below. So, on behalf of the Salsa Dealers, I want to wish all of you a great year of dance, fun, and enjoyment both on and off the dance floor.