Frequent Asked Questions





1 · Teacher-Student Ratio
2 · Length of Learning Time
3 · Practice Commitment
4 · Partner Requirement In Order to Register
5 · Our Training Standard
6 · Why Choose UnitedSalseros?
7 · Style of Salsa? Authentic?
8 · Aggressive Advertising
9 · Club Dancewear (Shoes, Clothes, etc.)
10· Different Styles of Salsa
11· The Best Way to Learn Salsa with UnitedSalseros
12· Lessons with Instructors Outside UnitedSalseros





1. How many students do you have? Go to Top

It depends on the number of registered students. However, please note that each of our level has a strict limitation of individuals to guarantee quality, and there are always almost 2-3 Sr. Instructors, plus 3-8 well-trained volunteer assistant instructors in each class. You will never feel like just a “file” in our group classes.


2. How will long will I take to learn to Salsa? How many lessons do I have to take? Go to Top

Before we answer these questions, you will have to determine your goal if it is for just for:

  1. social dancing
  2. preparing for an upcoming function (i.e. wedding)
  3. performance and/or competition
  4. as a career (performing and/or teaching).

Whatever your goal, we can accommodate both complete beginners and also higher caliber dancers that want to 'fine tune' their dancing. However, the length of time it takes and the amount of classes one must take to become either a proficient dancer will depend on the individual's capabilities and dedication to both intensive learning and practice. In short, you will get as much as you put into salsa dancing. One thing we can guarantee is that we provide both a positive and enjoyable environment for you to learn to salsa dance.

For the more involved dancers, we also offer challenging advanced salsa classes to work on your choreography, technique and styling. We have a unique volunteer/instructor training program that will accelerate promising dancers and also opportunities for those with their goals on performing.



3. How much should I practice to get better? Do I need a dance partner? Go to Top

Once again, it is the not the number of hours in your practice that counts but your level of dedication to learn and accelerate your dancing.

It is always a good idea to have a training partner to practice. Whether you are learning to lead or follow, it is always more fun to have someone to practice with. Setting achievable goals when you practice is an important step. However, it should never stop you from trying your best to practice with or without a steady partner. To find a salsa partner, you may want to visit some of the local and international Salsa websites regarding the etiquette of working with a dance partner for practice, social dancing or competing. Websites such as www.tosalsa.com or www.salsaweb.com offer useful information regarding working or finding a dance partner.


4. Do I need a partner to register? Go to Top

No. We have many instructors to assist you if there is a need. In addition, sometimes learning from an instructor can be faster because you do not have to worry about what your partner is doing—only what you are doing! Nonetheless, partner work with different individuals does offer some developmental benefits which can be simulated by a trained instructor if necessary. We structure our classes to offer balance for those who are learning to lead and also follow.


5. How does US maintain such high standards for salsa dancing? Isn't it all about fun? Go to Top

We agree salsa dancing first and foremost must be enjoyable. However, we also maintain strict standards to ensure our program challenges students willing to learn. Much of our focus is on ensuring that our students receive the very best attention as we strive to elevate their level of dance. Our instructors will provide constructive feedback and on-going evaluation, while adhering to a pre-defined syllabus for our multi-level classes.



6. Why should I choose to study with UnitedSalseros? Go to Top

We are committed to our students advancement and meeting their goals. Our teacher-student ratio is usually 1 teacher to 2 students providing for very close attention. We are also passionate about what we teach and strive for continuous improvement from both our instructors and students. Finally, we seek to foster and nurture the growth and unity of the salsa community in Toronto. Hence, the term "UNITED" Salseros.



7. What kind of Salsa Style do you teach? Is it authentic? Go to Top

We teach an unique blend of Salsa. We, teach Afro-Cuban movements (Rumba and Santeria) as well as New York—Puerto Rican based salsa. Our instructors are influenced both in their travels and experiences and are not confined to one style of salsa. We fuse our experiences with our creativity to offer a unique experience for our students.

There are some things, however, that we can almost guarantee if you learn the style of Salsa we are learning:

  1. It is user-friendly with other styles if you learn proper technique in leading, following and timing.
  2. This style of dancing comprises 75% of dancing style in Toronto clubs that Canadian of Latinos and non-Latin background frequent. This fact also applies to almost every country in the word where Salsa has evolved into such a high level that includes both past and modern influences. You will enjoy Salsa congresses better and will have more compatible style with many dancers.
  3. Offers a virtually unlimited progressive challenge in turn patterns, body isolations, styling, leading, following, etc., as you advance. In addition, since it continues to evolve from within and from outside influences from other styles, your growth potential is immense.
  4. You will learn to respect the contributions of Cubans and Puerto Ricans made towards Salsa, as well as appreciate the modern influences that helped shaped it further.


8. How come you do not seem to advertise aggressively? Go to Top

Our reputation as a good instructional company and clientele has always been through people’s recommendations. Our logic is that people who are serious about learning would eventually cross our path. Even though we will be pursuing advertising more actively, this will not distract us from remaining focused on teaching and developing new training strategies. Naturally, we like to continue being successful commercially because of a solid teaching reputation and results-oriented training program—not because of fancy marketing alone.


9. What should I wear in class or in the clubs? Go to Top
Please wear something light and comfortable whenever possible. Also, a shoe with a suede bottom (usually available in stores that sell dance wear as) or a leather shoe bottom will be better as it is adaptable to different kinds of floor surfaces. If possible, however, we recommend comfort first before fashion. Many dancers find jazz sneakers the most comfortable to wear, though not practical if you have are gearing towards dressing more formally. In addition, please do not wear anything that will “whip” your partner while you execute your movements.

If you are going out in a club, you may want to find out by calling the clubs (good luck) or researching the internet if there is a dress code. Most of your instructors or dancing friends may also be familiar with a dress code of a particular club if they go out dancing frequently. 

Outlined below are some of the lists of stores that sell different kinds of dance shoes (please be practical when you buy since we know you may be a little bit too excited with your new hobby): 

  • Addicted2DanceShoes - www.addicted2danceshoes.com - Located at Finch & Dufferin
  • Malabar @ 14 McCaul Street (416-598-2581) - A 10% discount applies to all UnitedSalseros students.
  • Dancewear Centre @ 530 Wilson Ave. (416-630-2292)



10. What are the different styles of Salsa? Go to Top

This is a matter of perspective. To the purists, there could only be one original style for them; others would claim that even amongst the dominant styles there are variations. Most Salsa people will agree (or disagree) that the following are the major styles of Salsa globally:

1. Cuban Style (Casino Rueda included)
2. New York-Puerto Rican Style
3. Puerto Rican Style
4. Cuban-Miami Style (Casino Rueda included)
5. Colombian (Cumbia-based) Style
6. Ballroom Style
7. Eccletic or Combination Styles
8. Styles that we don’t know about!


11. What is the fastest way to learn Salsa? Private, Club Drop-In, or Registered Classes? Go to Top

Private classes are the best avenue to learn (and costs higher), but certainly not the only avenue to learn well with UnitedSalseros. Although we recommend that at one point in time you take a private class to fine tune some details, it is entirely possible to learn comprehensively through our group classes even it will obviously take more time. While it can be argued that group classes offers it own unique benefits, most of it can also be achieved through private classes and your instructor can simulate, for example, real life Salsa leading/following scenario. With a UnitedSalseros trained instructor, you will initially be “spoon-fed,” but when the instructor senses your advancement, progressive challenges in technique, choreography, and artistic development will be presented. Even Both our group (not club drop-in) and private classes are structured to be both comprehensive. However, if you are in a hurry and can’t wait until you start burning the floor, here it is what we consider the best avenue to learn:

  1. Weekly Club Drop-In Lessons, Registered Group Lessons, and Private Lessons, as well as lessons with other instructors in Toronto and abroad
  2. Weekly Registered Lessons and Private Lessons
  3. Weekly Club Drop-In Lessons and Private Lessons
  4. Weekly Private Lessons
  5. Weekly Registered Lessons with 1-2 Private Lessons a month
  6. Weekly Registered Lessons
  7. Weekly Club Drop-In Lessons


12. Can I take lessons with other instructors? Go to Top

Of course! We don’t own students or “hide information” from our students in order to keep their business.  We are confident in our comprehensive training programs!  Taking lessons will introduce you to both good and “not so good” ideas and methods.