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Latin Styling Classes in Toronto
for leaders & followers 

Learn how to impress while dancing Cuban Salsa (also known as Casino)  with style and confidence.

What is styling class?

This course is design for all level of dancers.

 

If you are a beginner and want to learn to work in your confidence level and style before dancing with a partner, this will be the best course to start with.

 

Or if you are a follower that reached a plateau in your dancing skills and what to improve your style, musicality and movements, these classes will also give you the boost you need.

 

This course will focus in Solo "Suelta" steps. A sudden pause and drop during "dile que no" or the subtle figure-eight movement while doing a basic step that will make your dance fun, stylish and elegant!

Please note this is not a choreography class but each class will increase in complexity therefore, a small routine will be created at the end of the course to easily remember all the moves.

There are 3 types of Latin salsa dance.

  1. LA Style

  2. New York Style

  3. Puerto Rican Style

LA Style (Dancing on 1)

LA style salsa is danced in a line or "slot" with dancers exchanging positions throughout the dance, unlike Cuban salsa which is danced in a more circular fashion. The two essential elements of this dance are the forward–backward basic step and the cross-body lead.

New York Style (Dancing on 2)

It is a linear form of salsa, where dancers dance in a slot, similar to LA style salsa. Unlike other styles of salsa, however, New York style is danced on the second beat of the music ("on 2"), and the follower, not the leader, steps forward on the first measure of the music.

Puerto Rican Style

Puerto Rican salsa lines are clean, shoulder shimmies abound and arm movements are circular. There is also an emphasis on dancing to Clave rhythm (2/3 clave). As dancers break away from their partners, they execute complicated and fast solo footwork called “shines” for the audience, as soloists.

When you sign up for our Latin Ladies Styling classes in Toronto, we'll introduce you to all 3 types.

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What will you learn?

This is a course open to all level of dancers and a partner is not required. This is a Solo “SUELTA” steps class. 

 

First, we will teach you how to dance “a tiempo” (on time) and able to identify where the count start on each beat of the music. 

 

Next, we will concentrate on the arms, footwork, posture, dancing freestyle and hips movements. You will see an improvement in your dancing. It will become more fluid, versatile, stylish (or as we like to say, shummy) and as a result, the enjoyment is infinite.

 

You will learn how to add style to steps such as:

  • Guapea

  • Dile que no

  • Right and left turn 

  • Figure 8 hips 

  • Syncopated steps

Solo

This class is made for solo dancers, specifically followers.

Casual Attire

Dress comfortably in sneakers and loose pants.

Unlimited Classes

When you have a membership with us, you have unlimited classes in any of our studios in Toronto.

Don't know your level?

Contact us to book a $25 drop-in class and we'll assess your level.

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About Your Instructors

Our Latin Ladies Styling classes are taught by instructor, Dailyn Martinez.

Dailyn is from Cuba. She is a passionate performer and an experienced instructor. She brings an explosion of positive energy and personality to her classes. 

READY TO GET STARTED?

  • I am a complete beginner, can I still join the class?
    Of course! Our classes are designed to cater for both beginners and dancers from any other dance styles . As long as you have the interest to start dancing, our instructors are trained to teach individuals from zero dance background to experienced dancers.
  • Can I do a trial class?
    Definitely! Contact us directly and we will indicate what will be the best day for a drop in class. Drop in classes are $20 per person/per class and we'll assess what will be the best level for you to start with.
  • Do I need to bring a partner to register for a class?
    No dance partner is required. You can attend the class individually or with your friends. We do partner rotation in class, it will be a great way to meet new friends.
  • What if I have to miss a class?
    Kindly inform us at least a full day beforehand so that we can pre-arrange your make-up session within the same set of classes.
  • I have a dance background. Which level should I register for?
    If you have experience with Cuban Salsa, please contact us directly to arrange a drop in class for $20 per class. In class, we can better advise you on a suitable level for you.
  • What should I wear for classes?
    We recommend you to come in comfortable outfit which allows you to move freely. Preferably work out or gym attire. It’s not compulsory to wear a street Latin dance shoes for your first class, as you can purchase them at a later stage. For a start, you can wear jazz shoes/dance sneakers.
  • Where can I practice my dance moves learned in class?
    ShumdeSalsa has the Students Night Out Social to Lula Lounge at least once a month. We recommend you subscribe to our newsletter to never miss all these events.
  • How long does it take to learn?
    From our experience a minimum of 3 month until you feel fully comfortable and confident with your style.
  • How many people are in the class?
    It depends on the levels and seasons, usually between 6 to 20 students per class.
  • What is "shum"?
    This is one of the most frequent questions that we get. Shum is a word that Dailyn always uses in her classes. It's not English and definitely not a Spanish or Cuban word. For her, it represents the free spirit of movements. It's the moment you just let go of fears, allow your self for the free ride of music and decide to move any part of your body. As she says "we all have Shum and is just a matter of time until we understand how to use it". That's what Shumdesalsa stand for and that's what makes us different! Once you learn how to "shum" you will become a danceholic of Cuban salsa.
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