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Are you actively looking into taking Salsa Lessons?
Welcome to a world of physical activity, sensuality, and musicality.
If your main deciding factor of where you will dance is cost, then here is some information to help with that decision.
Please keep in mind that the cost of lessons should not be the only deciding factor – scheduling of levels and location of the studio will/should also influence your decision.
Remember that different schools offer different schedules and different instruction styles, but if the price is the starting point, here are some pointers in the Orlando area where I Live:
1. Salsa Heat
Salsa heat is a good starting place to learn salsa.
They offer multiple levels on various days of the week.
Salsa Heat holds classes at multiple locations, which allows for flexibility in attendance – classes are good at any of their locations.
They also have weekly dance socials to encourage partner work practice.
Salsa Heat markets to new students through Groupon, making them an affordable way to start your salsa lessons.
Group Classes Cost
Walk in classes – $12
10-class package – $89 ($8.90/class)
25-class package – $165 ($6.60/class)
50-class package – $249 ($4.98/class)
Groupon Promo for new students:
10-class package – $53.50 ($5.35/class)
Related: Floral Style Salsa Dance Shoes
2. Salsa Synergy
Salsa Synergy is another option to start your salsa journey.
Salsa Synergy operates out of the Russian Ballet Studio, centrally located near North Mills Avenue and SR 50 (Colonial Drive).
Salsa Synergy offers 1-hr evening group classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
They also have a 1 ½ hour Ladies’ Styling class on Monday nights (not included in the 10-class pass.)
Classes focus on bodywork, weight distribution, and partner work.
Classes are scheduled based on dance levels – to be evaluated by studio instructors.
Group Classes Cost:
Single class – $12.00
10-class pass – $100
$15.00 per class
Ben Cartagena – $100/hr
Sophia Marzan – $85/hr
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3. Santo Rico Dance Studio
With their new studio centrally located at the intersection of SR50 (ColonialDr) and SR436 (Semoran Blvd), Santo Rico offers a structured dance program with evaluations before advancing to the next level.
The program offers evening classes (1 ½ hour) focused on footwork and partner work, a partner work class on Wednesdays, and an all-level class on Saturday afternoons.
Santo Rico also offers Friday night practice parties (on alternating Fridays) and a monthly Saturday night social.
In addition, Santo Rico offers 5-class programs focused on ladies’ spinning and styling and ladies’ choreography (not included in pass price)
Group Classes Cost:
Single class $17
8-class pass – $100 ($12.50/class)
12-class pass – $140 ($11.67/class)
24-class pass – $275 ($11.46/class)
Unlimited class pass – $110
Tomas Guerro – $120/hr (single)
Tomas Guerro – $400/5hrs (single)
Tomas Guerro – $650/5hrs (couple)
Camille Berrios – $65/hr (single)
Camille Berrios – $275/5hrs (single)
Ladies Spinning and Styling – $55 (5-class package)
Ladies Choreography – $55 (5-class package)
4. The Zebra Room – Monday Night Salsa on 2
The Zebra Room is a dance hall that opens itself to various instructors.
While you can go to their website and hire any of many qualified instructors, the Zebra Room highlights salsa dancing and Monday nights with instructor Amy Figueiras Dominguez.
The Monday night class is conducted from 8 pm-9 pm.
Group class – $15 (with packages available at the instructor’s discretion.)
5. Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Dr. Phillips
The Fred Astaire Dance Studio focuses on ballroom dancing and will teach what they describe as Mambo on the “one.”
The program is designed for individual and group lessons.
The Fred Astaire Dance Studio is currently offering a “Special” introductory package:
1 Individual lesson and 1 Group lesson for $20 pending demand/availability.
Hidden Costs of Salsa Dancing – The Shoes
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If you’re going to take salsa seriously, invest in shoes that are functional but comfortable.
At the beginner level, dance sneakers work for both guys and gals.
Ladies, as you advance, you are going to need to adjust to dancing in heels.
You may want to start with 1-inch heels until you’re comfortable with weight transference and balance during spins.
Research the different brands available and read the reviews for the styles that you like.
Make sure to pay close attention to sizing and comfort (are the balls of the feet well cushioned.)
Also, remember that shoes will stretch.
You may need to purchase a size smaller to allow “give” stretch to happen without the shoes becoming too loose – you’ll need a level of support during footwork.
Gentlemen, you also need to focus on comfort.
Think about the most comfortable sneaker you ever bought with a supportive sole that allows for spins without slipping.
Either way, price is not always the best indicator of comfort.
Ask other dancers and observe which styles you see most often.
Recognize when someone shows up with new shoes but doesn’t wear them consistently.
Then, decide what works best for you – there’s nothing worse than painful feet during or after dancing!
Remember, dancing is a sport.
You’ll need to invest in equipment that will allow you to be comfortable and successful.
Overall, as you begin your research on which studio you choose to start your training, budgeting may be a priority.
However, remember that costs associated with honing your skills are not limited to the price you will pay for lessons.
You need to recognize that the cost of commuting (gas) in addition to the price of appropriate shoes (and possibly the cost of ointments to ease foot and knee pain) is only part of the cost of learning to dance at the level which you genuinely want to dance.
In total, the cost of learning to dance includes the fees for classes plus your energy, time, and sweat.
It is an investment rather than a cost.
As long as you continue to invest time, energy, and cost, you can be the salsero that you hope to be.
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