What is a Lead? What is a Follow?

Salsa is a partner dance where one person leads by initiating the moves and one follows. Men are traditionally leads and women follows but you’re free to choose which role to learn. Many of the best dancers learn both. In fact, in the 2009 Mayan Salsa Competition in LA, two men won first place!

Do I need a partner?

No, we rotate partners during the class. This is especially beneficial when you’re just learning because if you stay with one partner, you tend to adapt to his or her bad habits. If you’re a couple and really don’t want to dance with anyone else, you’re not required to rotate but as stated, it may affect your progress.

What is Bachata?

Bachata is another form of Latin dance with a different basic step from salsa. As with our salsa classes, we begin with the fundamentals and emphasize proper technique.

Can I take both Salsa and Bachata together?

Yes, in fact that’s why we scheduled them back to back. Salsa clubs play a mix of both Salsa and Bachata. We intentionally structured the salsa classes directly next to the Bachata classes so you can take both together if you want. Bachata will also help you learn salsa faster by teaching body isolation and connection. And it’s double the fun!

What should I wear and bring?

Come with dance shoes (read below for details) and comfortable clothes. Don’t wear street shoes that can mar or damage the dance floors. If you’re taking the basics class, you can get by with sneakers that are not worn outside, but dance shoes will be more comfortable and easier to practice in. Harmony Ballroom has a water fountain, restroom, and play room for little kids.

I’m not sure what class to take.

If you’re undecided between two levels, say for instance Salsa Basics and Intermediate Salsa, make arrangements to come a few minutes early and one of our instructors will take you for a “test spin”. We’ll make sure you’re in the most appropriate class for your skill level.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes, we offer beautiful gift certificates in whatever amount you choose. They can be used for either private or group classes. Please contact Samantha at 425.773.9017 to make a purchase.

Do you offer referral discounts?

Yes, we offer $10 off your next series for current students who refer a friend to sign up for at least one 4-Class series. Be sure to tell your friend to let us know who referred them. This can be done in person, in the comments box when registering online, or via email to [email protected] Then, when you register for your next series, you will get a sweet little discount!

Do you offer wedding packages?

Yes, we offer a package of 8 private 1 hour lessons for $800. As with all our privates, we place a great deal of emphasis on technique to give you the fundamental skills to social dance. And then we teach you choreography to one song of your choosing or we can help you select a song. Our instructors have choreographed works for competitions and performances so a wedding dance is a piece of cake for them 🙂

What do you charge for private lessons?

Johnny and Samantha offer private lessons for $100/hour for individuals and $110/hour for couples. Get a 5 package discount for $450 for individuals and $500 for couples. This will give you the individual attention you need to take the fast route in becoming an amazing dancer. Please call 425.772.7175 to schedule your private lessons today.

Do I need to register for the whole series?

We recommend this as our classes are structured so that one class builds upon the next. You can generally catch up if you miss the first class because we review much of the material. However, drop ins are also welcome at $20 per class.

What is your refund policy?

There are no refunds or make-ups for missed classes. If you are registered for a series and need to reschedule, please contact us 48 hours before the first class.

Dance Shoes

Dance shoes are required to prevent damaging the floors. Our Bellevue dance studio has well maintained dance floors. We recommend that beginners start with jazz sneakers. They’re inexpensive, comfortable, and help develop proper technique and weight transfer. Jazz sneakers are similar to sneakers except they have a split sole and a synthetic base that’s easy to turn on and they offer good cushioning. Regular sneakers have sticky soles, making them more difficult to turn on. Popular brands include Capezio, Bloch, and Sansha. For additional support and stability, you can take out the insoles and replace them with a pair of Superfeet insoles. REI and other stores carry them. Buy locally rather than over the internet. You’ll be supporting a local merchant and will be guaranteed a shoe that fits. Different brands and styles feel and fit different so try them on to see which feels most comfortable. The fit should be snug but not tight, with enough room for your feet to expand when hot.

Men’s dance shoes and women’s high-heel Salsa shoes are of course dressier. A 2.5″ heel is standard for Salsa. If you’re a tall woman you can go with a 2″ heel. Anything over 2.5″ is not recommended.

Three dance supply shops in the area are Petticoat Junction in Lynnwood, Centerstage in the U-District (owned by Petticoat), and Art’s Dance Shoes in Kirkland. Art’s makes very high quality custom shoes. You generally get what you pay for with high-heeled and men’s dress shoes. Higher priced shoes offer better construction, better fit, and greater comfort.