Charlotte Salsa's instructors acquaint students with salsa's invigorating rhythms, marrying the intensity of Cuban mambo with Latin jazz. Hip-swinging pupils pair up before learning the basics—including forward, side-to-side, and back-to-back steps—over the course of 10 courage-building sessions. Competition-winner Rodrigo A. Jimenez and ex-El Salvadoran salsa queen Wendy Jimenez instruct beginner classes that help unlock the turntable in your hips, blending flashy turns, twists, and spins into a whirling storm of devastating desire. The lesson calendar is flexible, with one-hour sessions held throughout the week.
Equipment: Gymnastics mats
Students should bring: Bottle of water, dance attire outlined in each class description
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We specialize in personal attention and have a commitment to creating the best training for each individual. We keep our classes small so that each instructor can analyze her students and provide modifications, variations, and exercises to accommodate individual experience or training level.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
No. Our goal is to instill a lifelong love of movement, dance and physical fitness in our young students. We are committed to teaching appropriate form and alignment to avoid injury or muscle imbalance, while keeping class fun and exciting.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
A typical youth class semester begins with learning or reviewing the basics in the relevant dance form, then progresses through more challenging dance exercises and choreography. A typical weekly class begins with a warm-up and stretch, movement across the floor as individuals or by twos, and ends with center floor group choreography. We encourage our students and celebrate their different personalities.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
All of our youth dance instructors have degrees in dance or have many years experience teaching, performing and training. The majority of our instructors also have certifications in fitness including Pilates, yoga, personal training, and group cardio classes.
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